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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 is adamant that he will not see the defendant set free?
2. How does Juror Eight capitalize on the error made by Juror Three in threatening to kill him?
3. After getting a more accurate timing of the events described by the old man, what do the jurors realize?
4. How much influence does the foreman have on the other jurors in this case?
5. What does Juror Nine observe about the old man witness, which leads to his insights about his life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What important contributions does Juror Nine make to the deliberations in Act II?
2. How is irony used by the writer in the confrontation between Juror Three and Juror Eight? What is the result?
3. 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?
4. There are two "physical episodes" in Act II. Describe them briefly and comment on the purposes they serve.
5. Referring to events in Act II, track the process by which Juror Eight is established as the protagonist.
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. How does the writer use Act II to establish Juror Three and Juror Eight as the antagonist and the protagonist respectively?
8. What incident ensues as a result of the experiment to verify the old man's testimony?
9. How do the jurors seek to verify some of the old man's testimony?
10. As the jurors contemplate the evidence given by the woman across the street, how does a comment from Juror Eight complicate the discussion?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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