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) The majority is not always right.
(c) All persons do not have prejudices.
(d) The jury system is great.

2. What important shift in the attitude of many jurors takes place during the debates in Act II about the case?
(a) They become calmer and participate less in the discussion.
(b) They withdraw and consider their own feelings.
(c) They become more sober and thoughtful in discussing the issues.
(d) They are more agitated because so much time is passing.

3. On what simple fact does the entire case ultimately hang?
(a) The fact that the witness sees the murder through a passing train.
(b) The fact that the defendant is shorter than the victim.
(c) The fact that the murder weapon is not as unusual as the testimony suggested.
(d) The fact that the alleged eyewitness has impaired vision.

4. According to the old man witness, where was he when he heard the argument between the defendant and his father?
(a) In his bed.
(b) In his kitchen.
(c) In his bathroom.
(d) On the landing.

5. Where is the bed of the crucial eyewitness discussed in Act III?
(a) In an apartment across the street from the station.
(b) Next to the door below the murder scene.
(c) Next to the kitchen window near the murder scene.
(d) Next to an open window across the street from the murder scene.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?

2. What impact does the jurors' discovery in Act III about the timing of the events have on some jurors?

3. What part do the jurors' voting episodes play in "Twelve Angry Men"?

4. How does Juror Eight help to lead the others to a logical conclusion about the eyewitness discussed in Act III?

5. What starts the physical confrontation between two jurors in Act II?

(see the answer key)

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