Twelve Angry Men Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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

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 who lives in the victim's apartment and a woman who lives across the street.
(b) The policeman and the doctor.
(c) An old man across the street and a woman downstairs.
(d) A young boy next door and his mother.

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

3. Why does the dissenting juror challenge the fact that other jurors are willing to take the alleged eyewitness' word when they would not accept the defendant's word?
(a) Because the eyewitness belongs to the same family as the victim.
(b) Because the eyewitness belongs to the same ethnic group.
(c) Because they assert that all people from the defendant's community are liars and the eyewitness is from the area.
(d) Because they assert that the eyewitness was unreliable.

4. 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 has been wayward because of bad company.
(c) He says the defendant was left by his mother as a child.
(d) He says the defendant has been conditioned this way by living in the ghetto.

5. At what time of year does the jury in Twelve Angry Men meet to hear testimony and determine a verdict?
(a) Autumn.
(b) Summer.
(c) Spring.
(d) Winter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?

2. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?

3. Apart from the action of the dissenting juror in Act 1, what other contributions from a juror suggest there is at least one other juror willing to stand up against the behavior of others?

4. What is "the burden of proof"?

5. Apart from the defendant, who was arrested for handling a weapon?

(see the answer key)

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