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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 Nine justify his insights about the old man?
2. Which juror admits to having changed his vote?
3. What principle is supposed to guide the composition of a jury in relation to the defendant?
4. What does Juror Eight mean when he calls another juror a sadist?
5. 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?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
2. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?
3. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?
4. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?
5. 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?
6. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?
7. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
8. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?
9. What incident ensues as a result of the experiment to verify the old man's testimony?
10. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are the attributes that contribute to the ability of individuals to change the course of events in a group? To what extent do individual jurors display these attributes in "Twelve angry Men"?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the evolution of the adversarial relationship between Juror Three and Juror Eight. Comment on the role played by this relationship in the drama.
Essay Topic 3
At the end of the play, the reader is no wiser as to whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. Discuss with reasons whether this is a strength or weakness in the story line.
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