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. At what age was the defendant in reform school?

2. What is the defendant's alibi?

3. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?

4. What is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. During the review of the evidence in Act III given by the woman across the street, what contribution does Juror Eight make to the discussion?

2. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.

3. As the jurors assess whether the old man told the truth in his testimony, how does Juror Nine use his own life experience to provide insight into the old man's behavior?

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

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

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

7. Write a character sketch of Juror Three.

8. What evidence of preconceived notions and prejudice does the writer present in Act II?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Juror Nine become an ally of Juror Eight? Discuss the similarities and differences in the characters of these two jurors that account for the alliance that develops between them.

Essay Topic 2

Write a character sketch of Juror Eight, presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on this juror's impact on the events in the play.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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