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. After the knife discussion, how do the other jurors pressure the dissenting juror to make him change his vote?

2. 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?

3. Where does the old man who testifies for the prosecution live?

4. What term used in Act 1 establishes that the defendant is thought to have committed a murder that is intentional and deliberately planned ahead of time?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What information does Juror Three present in an attempt to draw the jurors' attention to the "facts of the case"?

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

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

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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