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. How does Juror Four challenge the defendant's alibi?

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

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

4. In the beginning of the deliberations, how do most of the jurors demonstrate a lack of seriousness about their role as jurors?

5. According to one witness, where in the apartment building did the murder occur?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Select one of the scenes in which the jurors stage an event or portion of testimony from the trial in order to verify details. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension and conflict, or its resolution in the play.

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