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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 is "the burden of proof"?
(a) The responsibility of the jury to come up with the right verdict.
(b) The principle stating the defendant does not have to prove anything but the prosecution must prove guilt.
(c) The responsibility of the judge in proving guilt or innocence.
(d) The responsibility of proving one's innocence.

2. Where was the victim wounded?
(a) In the face.
(b) In the head.
(c) In the stomach.
(d) In the chest.

3. 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?
(a) The foreman orders the jurors to be orderly.
(b) A juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment.
(c) Juror Six says America is a free country.
(d) Juror One says people are free to disagree.

4. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?
(a) He suggests the eleven men vote again while he abstains; if one of the eleven votes "not guilty" they should discuss the case further.
(b) He suggests they deliberate further.
(c) He suggests they all take a new vote.
(d) He suggests they ask for additional evidence.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?

2. At what age was the defendant in reform school?

3. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?

4. In what process does the defendant ask questions of the prosecution's witnesses?

5. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do the jurors respond to the defendant's explanation of his purchase of the knife and the fact that he cannot produce it?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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