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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 reason does the juror who changes his mind give for doing so?
2. Why is the decision making process conducted by a group more complex than one that is made by just an individual?
3. What literary device is used by the writer to create a high level of interest in the play by presenting the strongly contending views of the jurors?
4. Which juror says he would change his vote if he could find one reason to make him question the defendant's guilt?
5. Why does the writer allow one of the jurors to threaten that he will kill another?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
2. In Act II, what are the immediate responses to the secret ballot taken by the eleven jurors?
3. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?
4. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror three is established as the antagonist.
5. After the uproar following Juror three's accusation about which juror changes his vote in Act II, what do the jurors proceed to do?
6. What controversy occurs after Juror Nine shares his insights about the old man in Act II?
7. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
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. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?
10. What incident ensues as a result of the experiment to verify the old man's testimony?
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
Discuss the roles of the three most active minor characters in "Twelve angry men". To what extent do they contribute to conflict in the play and how do they assist in the resolution of such conflict?
Essay Topic 3
Select one of the scenes in which the jurors stage an event or portion of testimony from the trial in order to verify details. Discuss in detail the contribution made by the selected scene to action, suspense, tension and conflict, or its resolution in the play.
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