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. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?

2. Which juror asks the guard to bring in the murder weapon for closer examination?

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

4. How does the defendant account for the fact that after the murder he does not have the weapon he bought?

5. Why is it clear from the dissenting juror's action that anyone could have had a weapon similar to the murder weapon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the roles of the three most active minor characters in "Twelve angry men". To what extent do they contribute to conflict in the play and how do they assist in the resolution of such conflict?

Essay Topic 3

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

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