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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. How does Juror Eight capitalize on the error made by Juror Three in threatening to kill him?
3. 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?
4. As the jurors discuss "reasonable doubt", why does Juror Nine become more and more uneasy?
5. How does the progress of the discussion in Act II affect the behavior of the group of jurors?
Short Essay Questions
1. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
2. Identify the major themes illustrated in Act II, and give brief explanations of how each theme is brought out.
3. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?
4. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?
5. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?
6. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?
7. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
8. 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?
9. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
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
What are the advantages and disadvantages of including "Twelve angry Men" in the literature syllabus for high school students?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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