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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 principle is supposed to guide the composition of a jury in relation to the defendant?
2. After getting a more accurate timing of the events described by the old man, what do the jurors realize?
3. As the jurors analyze the evidence and arguments more closely, it becomes evident that the dissenting voter is playing a critical role as an agent of change. Which of the following words best describes this role?
4. What reason does the juror who changes his mind give for doing so?
5. What important information about the jurors' behavior becomes evident during their deliberations in Act II?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?
2. How and why do the discussions of the old man and the alleged threats made by the defendant affect one of the jurors?
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 do threats contribute to conflict in Act II, and how are the conflicts resolved?
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. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
7. 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?
8. What do the events of Act II demonstrate about the group and about the influence of Juror Eight?
9. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
10. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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