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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 old is the man who gives evidence about the events he heard from his room?
2. What two reasons cause a juror to believe there is reasonable doubt about the defendant's guilt after adding doubts about the old man's testimony to earlier discussions about the murder?
3. What is the most significant method used by Juror Eight to influence other jurors?
4. As the jurors analyze the evidence and arguments more closely, it becomes evident that the dissenting voter is playing a critical role as an agent of change. Which of the following words best describes this role?
5. What literary device is used by the writer to create a high level of interest in the play by presenting the strongly contending views of the jurors?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?
2. 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?
3. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
4. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
5. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.
6. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
7. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?
8. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
9. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?
10. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?
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
How does Juror Nine become an ally of Juror Eight? Discuss the similarities and differences in the characters of these two jurors that account for the alliance that develops between them.
Essay Topic 3
This play has been used to teach students about group behavior and the role of individual influence in group settings. What does the play have to offer as a representation of group behavior and the influence that individuals can have in group settings?
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