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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. Which juror admits to having changed his vote?
2. Considering the information available about the defendant, to what extent does the composition of this jury reflect the principle that should guide the composition of a jury trying a case?
3. What attribute is consistently demonstrated by Juror Eight which helps the other jurors to unravel the case?
4. How do some members of the jury respond to those who disagree?
5. What important shift in the attitude of many jurors takes place during the debates in Act II about the case?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
2. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
3. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?
4. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
5. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?
6. 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?
7. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?
8. How and why do the discussions of the old man and the alleged threats made by the defendant affect one of the jurors?
9. How does the writer use the events of Act II to establish Juror Eight as the protagonist?
10. Identify the major themes illustrated in Act II, and give brief explanations of how each theme is brought out.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Today's audiences have been fed a steady diet of courtroom dramas through cinema, television and theater. Discuss the pros and cons of the observation that this diet has reduced the impact of "Twelve Angry Men" as an outstanding example of this genre.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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