Twelve Angry Men Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act III.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is most likely to have been a major lesson that the writer intended readers to derive from the play?
(a) The disadvantages of groups.
(b) All persons do not have prejudices.
(c) The majority is not always right.
(d) The jury system is great.

2. What do some of the jurors do in Act III to try to find out the timing of the events reported on the night of the murder?
(a) They act out the events to determine how long different actions would have taken the killer.
(b) They re-examine the transcripts from the witnesses.
(c) They re-examine the drawing of the murder scene.
(d) They re-examine the photographs presented in court.

3. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?
(a) The defendant purchased a butcher knife similar to the murder weapon.
(b) The defendant purchased a pen knife that could have inflicted a fatal wound.
(c) The defendant purchased a knife identical to the murder weapon.
(d) The defendant purchased a dangerous knife.

4. According to the juror who has witnessed many knife fights, how would the wound have been inflicted by an experienced fighter?
(a) Upward.
(b) Underhand.
(c) From the side.
(d) Straight to the heart.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the murder weapon jammed into the wall?

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

3. What does the crucial eyewitness in Act III claim about the events surrounding the murder?

4. Which juror is adamant that he will not see the defendant set free?

5. In Act III, during the discussion of the crucial eyewitness' testimony, what detail does Juror Eight recall about the witness?

(see the answer key)

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