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 is the setting in which the reader first meets the twelve characters who give the play its name?

2. How old was the defendant when he lost his mother?

3. After eleven jurors vote "guilty" and one juror votes "not guilty", what process do the jurors decide on in order to resolve the matter?

4. In what process does the defendant ask questions of the prosecution's witnesses?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Juror Eight respond to the evidence that Juror Three presents about the knife, and what dramatic turn of events does this cause?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

This play has been used to teach students about group behavior and the role of individual influence in group settings. What does the play have to offer as a representation of group behavior and the influence that individuals can have in group settings?

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