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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 important information about the jurors' behavior becomes evident during their deliberations in Act II?
2. What literary device is used by the writer when he allows Juror Three to prove something to the jurors that is exactly opposite to what he would have wanted?
3. What attribute is consistently demonstrated by Juror Eight which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?
4. Which juror shares the experience of living near the track of an el train?
5. What does Act iI suggest about the reliability of some witnesses in a trial?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?
2. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?
3. 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?
4. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?
5. What incident ensues as a result of the experiment to verify the old man's testimony?
6. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
7. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
8. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?
9. Identify the major themes illustrated in Act II, and give brief explanations of how each theme is brought out.
10. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The play "Twelve angry Men" takes place almost exclusively in one setting - the jury room. What are the limitations caused by this single setting, and what techniques does the writer use to overcome such limitations?
Essay Topic 2
What are the advantages and disadvantages of including "Twelve angry Men" in the literature syllabus for high school students?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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