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 Juror Ten point out about an eyewitness to the murder?

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

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

4. According to the defendant, why did he buy the alleged murder weapon?

5. According to one of the witnesses, what was the defendant alleged to have shouted out to his father on the night of the murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of conflict and conflict resolution in "Twelve Angry Men".

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

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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