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 age was the defendant in reform school?

2. What important facts are revealed about the circumstances of the defendant's life by the juror who votes "not guilty" in the first round of voting?

3. Where was the victim wounded?

4. What is the reaction of the jury when the dissenting juror discredits the allegation that the weapon is unique?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the view that "Twelve Angry Men" is a vehicle through which Reginald Rose vindicates rather than destroys the legitimacy of the jury system as a means of securing justice.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play there is no reference to the names of any of the characters. The defendant is referred to as 'the boy' and the witnesses as the 'old man' and 'the lady across the street'. The jurors are given numbers to differentiate them. Discuss the reasons for the writer's decision to do this and comment on the impact of this technique on the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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