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 the verdict from the second vote among jurors prove?

2. Which of the jurors comment that they all had difficult lives, so a difficult life should not explain the defendant's history of violence?

3. Who jams the murder weapon into the wall?

4. According to the discussion, what kind of relationship exists between the victim and the defendant?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of conflict and conflict resolution in "Twelve Angry Men".

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

Discuss the roles of the three most active minor characters in "Twelve angry men". To what extent do they contribute to conflict in the play and how do they assist in the resolution of such conflict?

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