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. What does the behavior of most of the jurors demonstrate about the decisions reached by juries?

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

3. After the knife discussion, how do the other jurors pressure the dissenting juror to make him change his vote?

4. How does the dissenting juror discredit the allegation that the murder weapon is unique?

5. Which juror rebukes Juror Ten for his racist comment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 information does Juror Three present in an attempt to draw the jurors' attention to the "facts of the case"?

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

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

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

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

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 are the physical and personal concerns facing the jurors as they begin their deliberations?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Write a character sketch of Juror Eight, presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on this juror's impact on the events in the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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