TWELVE ANGRY MEN: SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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In your own words, state what instructions the judge gives to the jurors. How many jurors must vote guilty for the accused to be convicted?
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The judge says if they find him guilty they must have a beyond reasonable doubt. All twelve jurors.
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Describe the staging for this play and indicate what mood the staging generates. (In addition to the set, mention something about the climate and temperature of the set.)
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hot, drab, stuffy, bare, grumpy, anxious, frustrated
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Of what is the defendant accused and what evidence is there against him?
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Murdering his father. knife, his previous arrest record, the woman across the street, and the man downstairs
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Who is the protagonist in this play and what is he doing when we first see him?
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Juror Eight. staring thoughtfullly out the window.
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Who does it appear will be his major antagonist? How is this antagonist differentiated from the other jurors?
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Juror Three. Loud, bossy, and opinionated
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What will be the cause of the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist?
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Arguing about the guilt of the boy, justice and fairness
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To quickly identify and differentiate among his characters, Rose uses a number of stereotypes. Identify at least three of them.
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slums, poor- liars, criminals Juror Nine- old, no one listens to him, kind Juror Seven- loud, flashy
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What is the cause of Three’s anger toward all young men?
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his relationship toward his with his own son
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What does Ten’s following comment reveal himself? “How can you believe him, knowing what he is? I leved among ’em all my life. You can’t believe a word they say.”
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distrusts a whole class of people based on limited exposure- prejudist person
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What dramatic climax occurs toward the end of the act one?
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When Juror Eight stabs the knife into the table
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What proposal does Juror Eight make at end of the act? What is his motive for making the proposal?
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Juror Eight takes a vote. If everyone votes guilty then he will too.
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What causes the conflict between Jurors Three and Five at the opening of this scene?
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Three believes that Five changed his vote.
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Why had Nine changed his vote? Who is nine?
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Nine is the old man
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What is the point that Eight makes about a passing elevated train?
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That the train is too loud for the old man to hear the boy yelling
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Nine thinks the old man might have said what he said in order to get attention, not because he actually heard anything. What led him to this conclusion?
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Nine can understand the old man’s need for attention.
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When Three and Nine are arguing over whether the old witness said that it took him fifteen or twenty seconds to get to the door, what does Three say?
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Three says,”Half the time he is confused, how can he be positive about anything.”
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Why does Three immediately look sheepish after he says this?
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He refuted his own evidence.
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What is the point of all the measuring that Eight does?
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Eight is proving that the old man could not get to the door in 15 seconds.
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Why is it so important for Three that the boy be convicted?
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He has all consuming hatred of the accused boy.
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On what dramatic note does this act end? What makes the dramatic climax so significant?
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Three shouts, “I’m gonna kill you!” to Eight and it’s the same expression the boy used.
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In the opening of Act III, Eleven praises the fact that people can hold unpopular opinions in this country. He continues speaking about democracy. Why does Reginald Rose give him these lines?
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Eleven is a refuge from Europe and it is different to him about democracy and appreciates what everyone else takes for granted.
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What does Three do to Eight in the beginning of Act III that causes the others to cry, “Look out!”
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Three was about to stab Eight and comes very close.
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Why is Five convinced that the boy did not stab his father? What makes Five an authority?
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The way the father was stabbed, a person from that neighborhood would stab them underhand. Switch knives come with his neighborhood.
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After Five’s comments about the knife, another vote is taken. How does the count stand after this vote?
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9 jurors vote not guilty and 3 jurors vote guilty.
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In the scene where Ten starts going on about “those people,” why do the other jurors get up from the table?
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They are disassociating them from him and saying,”We aren’t listening to you. Be quiet, you’re making a fool of yourself,” with their actions.
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To Four, what is the most convincing evidence that the boy is guilty?
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One:the evidence given by the woman across the street who actually saw the murder committed. Two:the fact the woman described the stabbing by saying she sawthe boy raise his arm over his head and plunge the knife down into his father’s chest.
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What is brought up to refute the woman’s claim that she saw the boykill his father?
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When Four took off his glasses and squeezed the bridge of his nose and had those marks like the woman did , so she wore glasses.
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What piece of stage business forces the jurors to think about the woman and her glasses?
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The marks on Four’s nose and he couldn’t see the clock without his glasses.
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Why does Four change his vote to not guilty?
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Eight made a point while the woman was in bed she thought she saw the boy stab his father. She wears glasses because she is near-sighted.Four now has a reasonable doubt.
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What is the dramatic climax of this act?
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When Three slams his hand on the table and says,”All right.”
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Did Three finally believe the boy was not guilty, or did he vote just to get it over with? Support your answer.
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He voted because he believed he was not guilty. Four told him,”let him live,” and Eight said,”He is not your boy. He is someone else.” Three finally realized that just because his son hurt him doesn’t mean every boy from that neighborhood is guilty of something they’re accused of. Also, he believed the possibilities of what the witnesses heard and saw, and the evidence.

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