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

2. What does Juror Three do to infuriate Juror Eight in Act II?

3. How does Juror Three justify his assertion that the defendant must have meant it when he said "I'm going to kill you"?

4. How do the jurors try to get an accurate estimate of the time of the events described by the old man?

5. What does Juror Eight mean when he calls another juror a sadist?

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. What evidence of preconceived notions and prejudice does the writer present in Act II?

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

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

7. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play is essentially a story about the legal concept of "reasonable doubt". How is this theme introduced and developed, and what part does "reasonable doubt" play in the final outcome?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write a character sketch of Juror Eight, presenting reasons for your portrayal and commenting on this juror's impact on the events in the play.

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