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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 does Juror Eight get the others to realize that the defendant might not have killed his father although he said "I'm gonna kill you"?
2. How does Juror Eight capitalize on the error made by Juror Three in threatening to kill him?
3. How does the involvement of the jury in acting out and assessing the allegations of the old man compare with their earlier attitude towards the evidence?
4. What is the main outcome of this discussion about the words spoken by the defendant?
5. What attribute is demonstrated by Juror Nine which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
2. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?
3. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.
4. 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?
5. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
6. What evidence of preconceived notions and prejudice does the writer present in Act II?
7. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?
8. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
9. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?
10. How and why do the discussions of the old man and the alleged threats made by the defendant affect one of the jurors?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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