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

2. According to one of the witnesses, what was the defendant alleged to have shouted out to his father on the night of the murder?

3. According to the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?

4. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?

5. In the beginning of the deliberations, how do most of the jurors demonstrate a lack of seriousness about their role as jurors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What assumptions do the jurors make about Juror Eight's vote, and how do they decide to respond?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In adapting plays and novels for screen, producers and directors often make significant changes to the themes, characters and plot lines of the original. Having studied this play in detail, evaluate the assertion that the themes, characters and plot lines of "Twelve Angry Men" would have to be significantly modified to be a successful production for screen.

Essay Topic 2

Today's audiences have been fed a steady diet of courtroom dramas through cinema, television and theater. Discuss the pros and cons of the observation that this diet has reduced the impact of "Twelve Angry Men" as an outstanding example of this genre.

Essay Topic 3

"Twelve Angry Men" is a story based on opposing points of view, not one filled with dramatic action. Giving justifications for your answer, develop an argument supporting or opposing this view.

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