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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 literary device is used by the writer to create a high level of interest in the play by presenting the strongly contending views of the jurors?
(a) Tension.
(b) Antithesis.
(c) Conflict.
(d) Dialogue.

2. Considering the information available about the defendant, to what extent does the composition of this jury reflect the principle that should guide the composition of a jury trying a case?
(a) Totally.
(b) To a limited extent.
(c) Not at all.
(d) To a great extent.

3. As Act II progresses, how does Juror Three's attitude contrast with the attitude of Juror Four?
(a) Juror Three is irrational while Juror Four reasons out his contributions carefully.
(b) Juror Three is a bully; Juror four acts as if he has superior knowledge.
(c) Juror Three has a closed mind while Juror Four is willing to listen and consider new possibilities.
(d) There is no contrast; they are both influenced by the belief that the defendant is guilty.

4. How does the progress of the discussion in Act II affect the behavior of the group of jurors?
(a) The jurors continue to hurry towards a conclusion.
(b) The jurors begin to take the defendant more seriously.
(c) The jurors begin to listen to Juror Eight.
(d) As a group, the jurors develop insights that they could not have individually.

5. What source of information from the trial do the jurors use to help them estimate the time of the events surrounding the murder?
(a) Photographs of the building.
(b) They get the dimensions of the old man's room from a diagram of the apartment building.
(c) The transcript of the old man's testimony.
(d) The old man's diary.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which two jurors are moved by the discovery about the timing involved in the old man's story?

2. What is the most significant method used by Juror Eight to influence other jurors?

3. What does Act iI suggest about the reliability of some witnesses in a trial?

4. How does Juror Eight's participation in the altercation with Juror Three differ from his usual approach?

5. How does Juror Nine justify his insights about the old man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?

2. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?

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

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

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

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

7. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?

8. As the jurors assess whether the old man told the truth in his testimony, how does Juror Nine use his own life experience to provide insight into the old man's behavior?

9. How and why do the discussions of the old man and the alleged threats made by the defendant affect one of the jurors?

10. Identify the major themes illustrated in Act II, and give brief explanations of how each theme is brought out.

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