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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 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?
2. Which two jurors are moved by the discovery about the timing involved in the old man's story?
3. Why does a juror change his vote after the discussion in Act II about the defendant's words?
4. Why does Juror Eight question the witness' assertion that he heard the defendant say "I'm gonna kill you"?
5. Considering the information available about the defendant, to what extent does the composition of this jury reflect the principle that should guide the composition of a jury trying a case?
Short Essay Questions
1. What evidence of preconceived notions and prejudice does the writer present in Act II?
2. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?
3. Identify the major themes illustrated in Act II, and give brief explanations of how each theme is brought out.
4. As the jurors assess whether the old man told the truth in his testimony, how does Juror Nine use his own life experience to provide insight into the old man's behavior?
5. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?
6. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?
7. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.
8. What incident ensues as a result of the experiment to verify the old man's testimony?
9. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
10. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Today's audiences have been fed a steady diet of courtroom dramas through cinema, television and theater. Discuss the pros and cons of the observation that this diet has reduced the impact of "Twelve Angry Men" as an outstanding example of this genre.
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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