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 the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?

2. What does Juror Ten point out about an eyewitness to the murder?

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

4. Which juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment?

5. Before the jurors depart for the jury room, who gives them final instructions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Select one of the scenes in which the jurors stage an event or portion of testimony from the trial in order to verify details. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension and conflict, or its resolution in the play.

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