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 comment by Juror Ten reveals his prejudice?

2. After the knife discussion, how do the other jurors pressure the dissenting juror to make him change his vote?

3. What important fact does Juror Three point out about something the defendant purchased on the day of the murder?

4. What important information casts doubts on the eyewitness' story in the first discussion of the evidence?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Select one of the scenes in which the jurors stage an event or portion of testimony from the trial in order to verify details. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension and conflict, or its resolution in the play.

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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