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. Who jams the murder weapon into the wall?

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

3. Why was the alleged eyewitness awake at the time of the murder?

4. Who is the defendant and for what is he being tried?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The play "Twelve angry Men" takes place almost exclusively in one setting - the jury room. What are the limitations caused by this single setting, and what techniques does the writer use to overcome such limitations?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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