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 kind of man is the dissenting juror?

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

3. To what age group does the defendant belong?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What additional suggestion does Juror Four make in Act I to support his assertion that the defendant is guilty?

3. What views do the jurors have about the defendant's background?

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

5. 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?

6. What is Juror Ten's contribution to the discussion of the evidence?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Juror Three and Juror Eight. Comment on the role played by this relationship in the drama.

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

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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