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

2. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?

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

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. As the jurors resume their analysis of the case, Juror Four makes an important contribution. What is it and how do others respond?

2. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?

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

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

5. What is the dramatic significance of the resulting votes at the beginning of Act III?

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

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

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

9. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.

10. Write a character sketch of Juror Nine.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play there is no reference to the names of any of the characters. The defendant is referred to as 'the boy' and the witnesses as the 'old man' and 'the lady across the street'. The jurors are given numbers to differentiate them. Discuss the reasons for the writer's decision to do this and comment on the impact of this technique on the play.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes in "Twelve Angry Men" is the impact of prejudice and preconceived notions on the deliberations by the jury. Discuss in detail the instances in which prejudice and preconceived notions are revealed in the play, and comment on the extent to which they represent problems in real-life group situations.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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