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. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?

2. What is the outcome of the "different" vote suggested by the dissenting voter?

3. According to one of the witnesses, what was the defendant alleged to have shouted out to his father on the night of the murder?

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

5. What two types of prejudice are evident in the comments of some of the jurors during Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Juror Ten's contribution to the discussion of the evidence?

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

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

4. How does Juror Eight respond to the evidence that Juror Three presents about the knife, and what dramatic turn of events does this cause?

5. Which juror refers to the defendant's criminal record, and what does this consist of?

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

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

8. When Juror Two states that the defendant is guilty because no one proved his innocence, the writer uses the opportunity to establish two important principles of due process. What are these principles and why does the writer have Juror Eight explain them?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Twelve Angry Men" is a story based on opposing points of view, not one filled with dramatic action. Giving justifications for your answer, develop an argument supporting or opposing this view.

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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