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. According to one witness, where in the apartment building did the murder occur?

2. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?

3. 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?

4. What is the state of mind of most of jurors as they enter the jury room?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the result of the debate concerning the woman's glasses?

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

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

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

5. When Juror Three fails to hang the jury and is left with no option but to change his vote, what happens?

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

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

8. How and why do the discussions of the old man and the alleged threats made by the defendant affect one of the jurors?

9. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?

10. Write a character sketch of Juror Eight.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the play, the reader is no wiser as to whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. Discuss with reasons whether this is a strength or weakness in the story line.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the view that "Twelve Angry Men" is a vehicle through which Reginald Rose vindicates rather than destroys the legitimacy of the jury system as a means of securing justice.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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