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12 Angry Men Study Guide Questions Act 1
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What are the Judge's instructions to the jury?
He tells them to make an honest and completely
decision; they should deliberate carefully and
How might the room itself, the weather, and the time affect the jurors?
The room is unpleasant, small, cramped, bare, drab, and hot. It makes everyone irritable as well, plus it's 4:00PM anyway and they want to go home so it affects them by making them decide quicker.
___ is in a particular hurry to reach a verdict because ___?
he has tickets to The Seven Year Itch
What information is reveled about the crime to the reader before the first vote is taken?
10 says that a kid kills his father, and someone else mentions that the business about the knife is ridiculous.
The first vote is ___ to ___.
11 -- 1 guilty
What is 8's reason for voting not guilty?
He feels like he can't just
easily and quickly
raise his hand to send a kid off to die without some
serious discussion and examination.
doesn't feel like the public defender did a good job.
What are the other jurors' reactions to eight's vote?
They don't understand why he won't vote guilty because the facts are obvious; they're also upset because it means they have to stay longer. Many strong voiced ones present their opinions to deter 8.
During a discussion of the evidence how does the Foreman interpret the information?
he says guilty except he needs others' opinions to make his own
During a discussion of the evidence how does the juror 2 interpret the information?
he says guilty and reverses the burden of proof to the defense--guilty w/o proof
During a discussion of the evidence how does the juror 3 interpret the information?
believes in guilt due to his relationship w/ his own kid and cuz he's a sadist
During a discussion of the evidence how does the juror 4 interpret the information?
based on facts
--really unbiased, decision based on pure logic and analysis esp. w/ the old woman's testimony
During a discussion of the evidence how does the juror 6 interpret the information?
assumes guilt, but reason is opposite of 4's, legitimate assumption w/o logic or analysis, lot like Foreman, needs other people to decide so he can
During a discussion of the evidence how does the juror 10 interpret the information?
primarily convinced of guilt due to his bigotry
What comments does juror 7 make about the defendant?
he uses sarcastic comments, "innocent little kid" "very fine boy"--says he stabbed someone in the arm, means he's a knife fighter (father was stabbed)
What comments does juror 3 make about the defendant?
mentions reform school, means if he's been punished once it's more than likely he'll do something bad again (like kill his father)
What comments does juror 4 make about the defendant?
mentions wimpy alibi--that he can't even remember what movie he saw at the cinema, means he probably lied about where he was (was out killing his father)
Why does 5 react the way he does?
He's offended because he comes from the slums and 10 along w/ 4 just insulted him by saying that everyone from there is a menace and loser.
Why is the switch-knife an important piece of evidence?
Because the boy bought it and the store keeper told the police that it was a
very rare and unique knife,
except 8 proves that it wasn't so very rare because he bought the same one around the corner, which means that boy could've lost his and the real killer had another.
What is the dramatic climax of ACT 1?
When 8 takes out the identical knife and jams it into the table. Everyone gasps because it's the same. The action and the actual new evidence shock everyone.
What does this episode reveal about 8?
It shows that he is very passionate about justice and he will go lengths to chase down every possibility that the boy is not guilty. He's not one to cave under pressure.
What proposition does 8 make to his fellow jurors?
He says let's vote again now that we have this new evidence and this time he'll
and they'll use a
If the vote is still 11-1, they can take in a guilty verdict.
___ is the protagonist.
___ is the antagonist.
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