Twelve Angry Men Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?
(a) An old man across the street and a woman downstairs.
(b) A young boy next door and his mother.
(c) An old man who lives in the victim's apartment and a woman who lives across the street.
(d) The policeman and the doctor.

2. According to the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?
(a) To give it as a present to his friend.
(b) Because he lost the one he had before.
(c) Because his father beat him.
(d) Because the one he had before was stolen.

3. Why was the alleged eyewitness awake at the time of the murder?
(a) It was too hot to sleep.
(b) It was noisy because of the train.
(c) It was a stormy night.
(d) It was cold.

4. Why is the murder weapon jammed into the wall?
(a) Because the table is cluttered.
(b) So everyone can see how unusual it is.
(c) Because the juror who jams it there is angry.
(d) Because the foreman does not want it handled.

5. What attribute is demonstrated by Juror Nine which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?
(a) Knowledge of the law.
(b) Insight into human behavior.
(c) Insights gained from being a parent.
(d) Insights gained from previous experience on a jury.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Juror Eight get the others to realize that the defendant might not have killed his father although he said "I'm gonna kill you"?

2. How old was the defendant when he lost his mother?

3. How does the involvement of the jury in acting out and assessing the allegations of the old man compare with their earlier attitude towards the evidence?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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