Twelve Angry Men Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Juror Eight question the witness' assertion that he heard the defendant say "I'm gonna kill you"?
(a) He believes the witness is seeking attention.
(b) He believes the witness is too old to recall such details.
(c) He believes this might not have been possible because of the noise made by the passing train.
(d) He believes the witness was too far away.

2. Which of the following is the dominant theme of the play?
(a) Impact of ethnicity on violence.
(b) Prejudice.
(c) Justice vs. Injustice.
(d) Relationships in groups.

3. Which two jurors are moved by the discovery about the timing involved in the old man's story?
(a) Jurors Ten and Twelve.
(b) The foreman and Juror Six.
(c) The foreman and Juror Four.
(d) Juror Two and Six.

4. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?
(a) He suggests they ask for additional evidence.
(b) He suggests they deliberate further.
(c) He suggests they all take a new vote.
(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.

5. What is the central dilemma facing the protagonist in the early stages of the play?
(a) Whether to oppose the weight of evidence and the vote of the majority even though he is not convinced of the defendant's innocence.
(b) Whether to reveal the weapon that he buys at the corner shop.
(c) Whether to openly challenge the prejudices of the other jurors.
(d) Whether to reveal that he is uncertain about the defendant's innocence.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the defendant account for the fact that after the murder he does not have the weapon he bought?

3. What important information about the jurors' behavior becomes evident during their deliberations in Act II?

4. As the jurors discuss "reasonable doubt", why does Juror Nine become more and more uneasy?

5. What new information does Juror Four provide that sheds light on the deliberations?

(see the answer key)

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