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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. How does the dissenting juror explain the defendant's record of violence?

3. How does the dissenting juror suggest that the jury should proceed instead of declaring a "hung" jury?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. As the jurors resume their analysis of the case, Juror Four makes an important contribution. What is it and how do others respond?

2. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?

3. What is the dramatic significance of having Jurors Thee and Four reintroduce the evidence given by the woman across the street?

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

5. What is the dramatic significance of the resulting votes at the beginning of Act III?

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

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

8. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?

9. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.

10. Write a character sketch of Juror Nine.

Essay 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

Discuss the view that the defendant in "Twelve Angry Men" figures as the dominant character even though he plays no active part in the drama.

Essay Topic 3

In adapting plays and novels for screen, producers and directors often make significant changes to the themes, characters and plot lines of the original. Having studied this play in detail, evaluate the assertion that the themes, characters and plot lines of "Twelve Angry Men" would have to be significantly modified to be a successful production for screen.

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