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

2. What kind of man is the dissenting juror?

3. At what age was the defendant in reform school?

4. How old was the defendant when he lost his mother?

5. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the themes in "Twelve Angry Men" is the impact of prejudice and preconceived notions on the deliberations by the jury. Discuss in detail the instances in which prejudice and preconceived notions are revealed in the play, and comment on the extent to which they represent problems in real-life group situations.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play there is no reference to the names of any of the characters. The defendant is referred to as 'the boy' and the witnesses as the 'old man' and 'the lady across the street'. The jurors are given numbers to differentiate them. Discuss the reasons for the writer's decision to do this and comment on the impact of this technique on the play.

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