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. What comment by Juror Ten reveals his prejudice?

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

3. At what time is the murder alleged to have occurred?

4. To what age group does the defendant belong?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the result of the simulated stabbing in Act III, and what insight does Juror Five offer based on his experience in the ghetto?

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

3. Write a character sketch of Juror Nine.

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

5. Write a character sketch of Juror Three.

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

7. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?

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

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 new theory does Juror Eight present to the jury following the inconclusive simulation of the stabbing?

Essay 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

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including "Twelve angry Men" in the literature syllabus for high school students?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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