Twelve Angry Men Test | 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. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?

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

3. In what way is the vote suggested by the dissenting voter different from the previous vote?

4. Where was the victim wounded?

5. According to the discussion, what kind of relationship exists between the victim and the defendant?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the jurors respond to the defendant's explanation of his purchase of the knife and the fact that he cannot produce it?

2. What clarification do the jurors receive about the conditions under which the woman is alleged to have seen the murder?

3. On what point do Juror Eight and Juror Four agree concerning the performance of the defendant's lawyer? How do they differ?

4. What is the defendant's alibi and how does Juror Four respond to it?

5. Why do the jurors take a vote before any discussion of the evidence, and what is the impact of the outcome?

6. What inconsistency in Juror Ten's arguments does Juror Eight point out, and what is the result?

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

8. What additional suggestion does Juror Four make in Act I to support his assertion that the defendant is guilty?

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

10. What views do the jurors have about the defendant's background?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play "Twelve angry Men" takes place almost exclusively in one setting - the jury room. What are the limitations caused by this single setting, and what techniques does the writer use to overcome such limitations?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the view that "Twelve Angry Men" is a vehicle through which Reginald Rose vindicates rather than destroys the legitimacy of the jury system as a means of securing justice.

Essay Topic 3

In adapting plays and novels for screen, producers and directors often make significant changes to the themes, characters and plot lines of the original. Having studied this play in detail, evaluate the assertion that the themes, characters and plot lines of "Twelve Angry Men" would have to be significantly modified to be a successful production for screen.

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