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. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?
(a) He suggests they all take a new vote.
(b) He suggests they deliberate further.
(c) He suggests they ask for additional evidence.
(d) He suggests the eleven men vote again while he abstains; if one of the eleven votes "not guilty" they should discuss the case further.

2. After eleven jurors vote "guilty" and one juror votes "not guilty", what process do the jurors decide on in order to resolve the matter?
(a) They decide to separate into two groups and discuss different aspects of the evidence.
(b) They decide to re-examine the evidence.
(c) They decide to take in a verdict of "undecided".
(d) They decide that the eleven men should each take a turn to explain to the dissenting juror why he is wrong.

3. Apart from the defendant, who was arrested for handling a weapon?
(a) Juror Eight.
(b) The storekeeper who sold the defendant a weapon.
(c) The friend of the defendant.
(d) The witness who took the weapon until the police arrived.

4. According to the evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?
(a) A hatchet knife.
(b) A pen knife.
(c) A butcher knife.
(d) A switch blade knife.

5. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?
(a) The jury room in a New York court.
(b) The murder scene.
(c) The bus in which the jurors are being transported to court.
(d) The court room.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term used in Act 1 establishes that the defendant is thought to have committed a murder that is intentional and deliberately planned ahead of time?

2. Why is it clear from the dissenting juror's action that anyone could have had a weapon similar to the murder weapon?

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

4. Why do the jurors take a vote before discussing the evidence?

5. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?

(see the answer key)

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