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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?
(a) He believes that the defendant is innocent.
(b) He believes the witnesses are unreliable.
(c) He believes the presentation of the case is prejudiced.
(d) He is not certain that the defendant is guilty.

2. What does Juror Ten point out about an eyewitness to the murder?
(a) A man next door saw the defendant running away with blood on his hands.
(b) A woman who lives across the street saw the defendant kill his father.
(c) The neighbor down the corridor saw the defendant kill his father in the hallway.
(d) A boy across the street saw through a window as the defendant killed his father.

3. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?
(a) He believes the lawyer was ill-prepared for the defense.
(b) He believes the lawyer did a good job.
(c) He is dissatisfied with the questions asked by the lawyer.
(d) He believes the lawyer was intimidated by the prosecution.

4. What comment by Juror Ten reveals his prejudice?
(a) He dislikes all foreigners.
(b) He dislikes all people who are not of his racial background.
(c) He dislikes all Caucasians.
(d) He has lived among people "like the defendant" and they cannot be trusted.

5. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?
(a) The eyewitness claims to have seen the murder through the windows of a passing elevated train.
(b) The eyewitness wears glasses.
(c) The eyewitness has to walk a long way to the door after hearing the body fall.
(d) The eyewitness is old with impaired vision.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many days has the trial been going on when the jurors begin their deliberations?

2. Who jams the murder weapon into the wall?

3. How does the dissenting juror discredit the allegation that the murder weapon is unique?

4. What is "the burden of proof"?

5. Apart from the action of the dissenting juror in Act 1, what other contributions from a juror suggest there is at least one other juror willing to stand up against the behavior of others?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the jurors take a vote before any discussion of the evidence, and what is the impact of the outcome?

2. What inconsistency in Juror Ten's arguments does Juror Eight point out, and what is the result?

3. What is the defendant's alibi and how does Juror Four respond to it?

4. What additional suggestion does Juror Four make in Act I to support his assertion that the defendant is guilty?

5. When Juror Two states that the defendant is guilty because no one proved his innocence, the writer uses the opportunity to establish two important principles of due process. What are these principles and why does the writer have Juror Eight explain them?

6. On what point do Juror Eight and Juror Four agree concerning the performance of the defendant's lawyer? How do they differ?

7. What is Juror Ten's contribution to the discussion of the evidence?

8. Which juror refers to the defendant's criminal record, and what does this consist of?

9. What assumptions do the jurors make about Juror Eight's vote, and how do they decide to respond?

10. What important instructions does the judge give to the jurors as they depart to deliberate on the case?

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