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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 do some members of the jury respond to those who disagree?
2. As Act II progresses, how does Juror Three's attitude contrast with the attitude of Juror Four?
3. Based on the developments of Act II, what are the jurors on their way to proving?
4. How does Juror Three justify his assertion that the defendant must have meant it when he said "I'm going to kill you"?
5. What is the reaction to the vote taken at the end of Act 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. As the jurors assess whether the old man told the truth in his testimony, how does Juror Nine use his own life experience to provide insight into the old man's behavior?
2. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?
3. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
4. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?
5. How do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?
6. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?
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. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
9. 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?
10. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the themes in "Twelve Angry Men" is the impact of prejudice and preconceived notions on the deliberations by the jury. Discuss in detail the instances in which prejudice and preconceived notions are revealed in the play, and comment on the extent to which they represent problems in real-life group situations.
Essay Topic 2
How does Juror Nine become an ally of Juror Eight? Discuss the similarities and differences in the characters of these two jurors that account for the alliance that develops between them.
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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