Twelve Angry Men Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What important instructions does the judge give to the jurors as they depart to deliberate on the case?

The judge informs the jurors that they are to determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant charged with first degree murder. If he is found guilty, he will be executed. The decision of the jury must be unanimous. If there is reasonable doubt, they must set him free. If there is no reasonable doubt, they must find him guilty.

2. What are the physical and personal concerns facing the jurors as they begin their deliberations?

The jurors have been confined in the trial for six days, neglecting their personal and working duties. They are tired and bored. As they enter the jury room they are faced with uncomfortable conditions including unbearable heat and a stuck window. Most of the jurors believe the trial could have been completed much earlier and they want to decide quickly so they can go back to work and other commitments.

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