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. At what age was the defendant in reform school?

2. What is the outcome of the "different" vote suggested by the dissenting voter?

3. Why does the dissenting juror insist they should spend time examining the evidence in detail?

4. What is "the burden of proof"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The play is essentially a story about the legal concept of "reasonable doubt". How is this theme introduced and developed, and what part does "reasonable doubt" play in the final outcome?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the play, the reader is no wiser as to whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. Discuss with reasons whether this is a strength or weakness in the story line.

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