Twelve Angry Men Test | Final 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 attribute is consistently demonstrated by Juror Eight which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?

2. What starts the physical confrontation between two jurors in Act II?

3. What important shift in the attitude of many jurors takes place during the debates in Act II about the case?

4. According to the juror who used to live by the el train, how long would the train take to pass a particular point?

5. Based on the developments of Act II, what are the jurors on their way to proving?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?

2. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.

3. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?

4. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?

5. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.

6. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.

7. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?

8. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?

9. Identify the major themes illustrated in Act II, and give brief explanations of how each theme is brought out.

10. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In adapting plays and novels for screen, producers and directors often make significant changes to the themes, characters and plot lines of the original. Having studied this play in detail, evaluate the assertion that the themes, characters and plot lines of "Twelve Angry Men" would have to be significantly modified to be a successful production for screen.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play there is no reference to the names of any of the characters. The defendant is referred to as 'the boy' and the witnesses as the 'old man' and 'the lady across the street'. The jurors are given numbers to differentiate them. Discuss the reasons for the writer's decision to do this and comment on the impact of this technique on the play.

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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