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

2. Where was the victim wounded?

3. Why do the jurors take a vote before discussing the evidence?

4. How does the prosecution help to establish for the jury that the eyewitness was in a position to see the murder?

5. Which juror asks the guard to bring in the murder weapon for closer examination?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Write a character sketch of Juror Three.

4. 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?

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

6. What experiment do the jurors conduct in response to Juror Two's comments about the wound? Why is it dramatically important?

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

8. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?

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

10. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?

Essay 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

One of the themes in "Twelve Angry Men" is the impact of prejudice and preconceived notions on the deliberations by the jury. Discuss in detail the instances in which prejudice and preconceived notions are revealed in the play, and comment on the extent to which they represent problems in real-life group situations.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Juror Three and Juror Eight. Comment on the role played by this relationship in the drama.

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