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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. What term used in Act 1 establishes that the defendant is thought to have committed a murder that is intentional and deliberately planned ahead of time?
(a) Manslaughter.
(b) Murder with malice aforethought.
(c) First degree murder.
(d) Second degree murder.

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

3. Why do the jurors take a vote before discussing the evidence?
(a) To get an early indication of where they stand on the verdict
(b) So they can leave quickly.
(c) The judge instructs them to do so.
(d) The verdict is obvious.

4. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?
(a) A man of conviction who does not believe in prejudice.
(b) A man of conviction who takes the role of the jury very seriously.
(c) A man who owns his own business and can control his own use of time.
(d) A man who is not employed so he has no urgent business to conduct.

5. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?
(a) They provide pictures of the apartment and the surroundings.
(b) They show a videotape illustrating how the murder could have been seen.
(c) The jury is taken to the home of the eyewitness to observe the conditions under which the murder was witnessed.
(d) They present other witnesses who say the same thing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?

2. What two types of prejudice are evident in the comments of some of the jurors during Act 1?

3. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?

4. What is the state of mind of most of jurors as they enter the jury room?

5. What important facts are revealed about the circumstances of the defendant's life by the juror who votes "not guilty" in the first round of voting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Juror Three present in an attempt to draw the jurors' attention to the "facts of the case"?

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

3. What is Juror Eight's response to the declaration of Juror Sevel about the defendant's criminal record?

4. What additional evidence that incriminates the defendant does Juror Three present to the jury in Act I?

5. How does Juror Eight respond to the evidence that Juror Three presents about the knife, and what dramatic turn of events does this cause?

6. What views do the jurors have about the defendant's background?

7. What are the physical and personal concerns facing the jurors as they begin their deliberations?

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

9. 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?

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

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