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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 do the actions of Juror Nine in Act II reveal about his character?
2. How do the jurors try to get an accurate estimate of the time of the events described by the old man?
3. How does Juror Three justify his assertion that the defendant must have meant it when he said "I'm going to kill you"?
4. What does Juror Three do to infuriate Juror Eight in Act II?
5. What is the most significant method used by Juror Eight to influence other jurors?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
2. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?
3. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?
4. What evidence of preconceived notions and prejudice does the writer present in Act II?
5. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?
6. How do the tone and mood of the play vary as Act II develops from the result of the second vote to the taking of the third vote?
7. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?
8. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?
9. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
10. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
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
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 3
There are several votes and changing of positions by individual jurors throughout the play. Discuss in detail the incidents in which jurors vote or change their votes and assess the impact which these incidents have on the dramatic quality of the play.
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