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 evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?

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

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

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

5. How does the dissenting juror feel about the job done by the lawyer for the defendant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 views do the jurors have about the defendant's background?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Why do the jurors take a vote before any discussion of the evidence, and what is the impact of the outcome?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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