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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. Which words suggest that the defendant should not have to prove his innocence?
(a) The defendant is "innocent unless the prosecution presents good evidence."
(b) The defendant is innocent "unless the judge says he is guilty."
(c) The defendant is "innocent until proven guilty."
(d) The defendant is "innocent because there is no eye-witness."

2. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?
(a) Just after midnight.
(b) In the afternoon.
(c) Early in the morning.
(d) Around midday.

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

4. What two types of prejudice are evident in the comments of some of the jurors during Act 1?
(a) Prejudice against some ethnic groups and prejudice against people from certain areas.
(b) Color prejudice and racial prejudice.
(c) Prejudice against foreigners and class prejudice.
(d) Prejudice against the poor and prejudice against the uneducated.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?

2. What is "the burden of proof"?

3. After eleven jurors vote "guilty" and one juror votes "not guilty", what process do the jurors decide on in order to resolve the matter?

4. According to the evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?

5. To what age group does the defendant belong?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What information do the jurors share about the defendant in the beginning of their discussion?

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

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

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

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