Twelve Angry Men Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?

2. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?

3. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?

4. 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?

5. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the jurors resume their analysis of the case, Juror Four makes an important contribution. What is it and how do others respond?

2. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?

3. What is the dramatic significance of having Jurors Thee and Four reintroduce the evidence given by the woman across the street?

4. What information do the jurors share about the defendant in the beginning of their discussion?

5. What is the dramatic significance of the resulting votes at the beginning of Act III?

6. What additional evidence that incriminates the defendant does Juror Three present to the jury in Act I?

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

8. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?

9. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.

10. Write a character sketch of Juror Nine.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are the attributes that contribute to the ability of individuals to change the course of events in a group? To what extent do individual jurors display these attributes in "Twelve angry Men"?

Essay Topic 2

Select one of the scenes in which the jurors stage an event or portion of testimony from the trial in order to verify details. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension and conflict, or its resolution in the play.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the view that the defendant in "Twelve Angry Men" figures as the dominant character even though he plays no active part in the drama.

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