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. Apart from the defendant, who was arrested for handling a weapon?

2. Apart from the action of the dissenting juror in Act 1, what other contributions from a juror suggest there is at least one other juror willing to stand up against the behavior of others?

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

4. Who jams the murder weapon into the wall?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the old man's testimony implicate the defendant?

8. What is Juror Eight's response to the declaration of Juror Sevel about the defendant's criminal record?

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

10. What assumptions do the jurors make about Juror Eight's vote, and how do they decide to respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several votes and changing of positions by individual jurors throughout the play. Discuss in detail the incidents in which jurors vote or change their votes and assess the impact which these incidents have on the dramatic quality of the play.

Essay Topic 2

The play is essentially a story about the legal concept of "reasonable doubt". How is this theme introduced and developed, and what part does "reasonable doubt" play in the final outcome?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of conflict and conflict resolution in "Twelve Angry Men".

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