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

2. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?
(a) He says the defendant was left by his mother as a child.
(b) He says the defendant has an abusive father who has beaten him since he was a young boy.
(c) He says the defendant has been conditioned this way by living in the ghetto.
(d) He says the defendant has been wayward because of bad company.

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

4. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?
(a) 6,7,1 and 3.
(b) 3, 6, 9 and 12.
(c) 3, 4, 11 and 12.
(d) 4, 7, 3 and 11.

5. Which juror asks the guard to bring in the murder weapon for closer examination?
(a) Juror Eight.
(b) The foreman.
(c) Juror Nine.
(d) Juror Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?

2. What is a hung jury?

3. What is "the burden of proof"?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence of preconceived notions and prejudice does the writer present in Act II?

2. Which juror reacts angrily after the vote shifts to 9 "not guilty" and 3 "guilty? How do the other jurors respond?

3. What clarification do the jurors receive about the conditions under which the woman is alleged to have seen the murder?

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

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

6. Write a character sketch of Juror Three.

7. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?

8. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?

9. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?

10. How does the old man's testimony implicate the defendant?

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