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 time of year does the jury in Twelve Angry Men meet to hear testimony and determine a verdict?

2. Based on the impact of their testimony on the jury, who are the two most important witnesses?

3. What is the state of mind of most of jurors as they enter the jury room?

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

5. Why does the dissenting juror challenge the fact that other jurors are willing to take the alleged eyewitness' word when they would not accept the defendant's word?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including "Twelve angry Men" in the literature syllabus for high school students?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the roles of the three most active minor characters in "Twelve angry men". To what extent do they contribute to conflict in the play and how do they assist in the resolution of such conflict?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of conflict and conflict resolution in "Twelve Angry Men".

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