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 discussion, what kind of relationship exists between the victim and the defendant?

2. What two types of prejudice are evident in the comments of some of the jurors during Act 1?

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

4. After eleven jurors vote "guilty" and one juror votes "not guilty", what process do the jurors decide on in order to resolve the matter?

5. What does the verdict from the second vote among jurors prove?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What views do the jurors have about the defendant's background?

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

7. What additional suggestion does Juror Four make in Act I to support his assertion that the defendant is guilty?

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

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

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

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 2

How does Juror Nine become an ally of Juror Eight? Discuss the similarities and differences in the characters of these two jurors that account for the alliance that develops between them.

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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