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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 does Act iI suggest about the reliability of some witnesses in a trial?
(a) They want to be famous.
(b) They can be influenced by personal experiences with criminals.
(c) They are prone to confusion when questioned by legal experts.
(d) They may be well-intentioned but unreliable.

2. Why does the writer allow one of the jurors to threaten that he will kill another?
(a) To show how much he hates the man who voted against the others.
(b) To demonstrate the level of tension and conflict.
(c) To prove how angry he is.
(d) To prove the point that people often utter threats that they do not intend to carry out.

3. What is the main outcome of this discussion about the words spoken by the defendant?
(a) Juror Three changes his vote to "not guilty".
(b) Juror Three gets into a rage and accuses the others of defending a criminal.
(c) Juror Five changes his vote to "not guilty".
(d) Juror Nine changes his vote back to "guilty".

4. What does Juror Three convey to the jurors by his insistence of the defendant's guilt?
(a) That he has had a family member killed.
(b) That no amount of evidence is likely to make him change his mind.
(c) That he has personal feelings against the other jurors.
(d) That he has personal feelings against the defendant.

5. How does Juror Nine justify his insights about the old man?
(a) He explains that loneliness and loss of family cause old people to imagine things.
(b) He explains that old people who are tired of being insignificant often convince themselves to believe what is not true.
(c) He explains that old people get lonely and make up stories.
(d) He explains that old people who are tired of being insignificant often tell lies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What attribute is consistently demonstrated by Juror Eight which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?

2. How do some members of the jury respond to those who disagree?

3. Which juror says he would change his vote if he could find one reason to make him question the defendant's guilt?

4. What attribute is demonstrated by Juror Nine which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?

5. How does Juror Eight capitalize on the error made by Juror Three in threatening to kill him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How do the tone and mood of the play vary as Act II develops from the result of the second vote to the taking of the third vote?

3. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?

4. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?

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

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

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

8. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.

9. What incident ensues as a result of the experiment to verify the old man's testimony?

10. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.

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