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 evidence, what weapon was used to kill the old man?

2. According to one of the witnesses, what was the defendant alleged to have shouted out to his father on the night of the murder?

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

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

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 additional evidence that incriminates the defendant does Juror Three present to the jury in Act I?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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