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 does Act iI suggest about the reliability of some witnesses in a trial?

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

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

4. After getting a more accurate timing of the events described by the old man, what do the jurors realize?

5. How does the progress of the discussion in Act II affect the behavior of the group of jurors?

Short Essay Questions

1. How and why do the discussions of the old man and the alleged threats made by the defendant affect one of the jurors?

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

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. What incident ensues as a result of the experiment to verify the old man's testimony?

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

6. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?

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

8. 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?

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

10. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the view that the defendant in "Twelve Angry Men" figures as the dominant character even though he plays no active part in the drama.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of conflict and conflict resolution in "Twelve Angry Men".

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