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 Juror Eight explain to the juror who asks who killed the man if it was not the defendant?

2. What do the actions of Juror Nine in Act II reveal about his character?

3. As Act II progresses, how does Juror Three's attitude contrast with the attitude of Juror Four?

4. What is the reaction to the vote taken at the end of Act 1?

5. How old is the man who gives evidence about the events he heard from his room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the view that "Twelve Angry Men" is a vehicle through which Reginald Rose vindicates rather than destroys the legitimacy of the jury system as a means of securing justice.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

This play has been used to teach students about group behavior and the role of individual influence in group settings. What does the play have to offer as a representation of group behavior and the influence that individuals can have in group settings?

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