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

2. 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?

3. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?

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

5. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What clarification do the jurors receive about the conditions under which the woman is alleged to have seen the murder?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write a character sketch of Juror Eight, presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on this juror's impact on the events in the play.

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