Gideon's Trumpet Test | Final Test - Easy

Anthony Lewis
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Supreme Court Justices are aware that many of the cases they hear are the result of __________________.
(a) A poor State Court system.
(b) A defendant's lack of a defense attorney.
(c) Unskilled judges in the local courts.
(d) An overloaded local court system.

2. Prior to Gideons' Supreme Court case, how many of the nine Justices does Fortas think will rule in his favor?
(a) 6.
(b) 5.
(c) 8.
(d) 2.

3. Who was the director of the federal penitentiary system?
(a) James A. Hall.
(b) John L. Bennett.
(c) Johnson A. Bennett.
(d) James V. Bennett.

4. What type of payment do most appointed attorneys get?
(a) A set fee.
(b) A retainer.
(c) An hourly fee.
(d) Nothing.

5. Which of the following is true of Jacobs prior to the Supreme Court case?
(a) He is struck by the pomp of the building.
(b) He spends time worrying about minor points.
(c) He is impressed by the formality of the crier who opens the proceedings.
(d) All of these.

6. Which of the following is the consensus regarding appointed attorneys?
(a) No one attorney should withstand the continuing burden.
(b) All of these?
(c) Governmental funding will be required.
(d) An unpaid lawyer provides little or no real legal advice.

7. Lawyers appearing before the Supreme Court should present facts as opposed to ________________.
(a) Lofty ideas.
(b) Speculation.
(c) Opinions.
(d) Theories.

8. How might Gideon have known about the Carnley vs. Cochran case?
(a) Radio.
(b) Newspapers.
(c) TV.
(d) Law books.

9. Jacob contends that the basis for his case is about _________________, not an attorney.
(a) The Fourteenth Amendment.
(b) States' rights.
(c) The Attorney General.
(d) The Constitution.

10. What can a lay person not be expected to know?
(a) Points of law.
(b) Supreme Court Justices.
(c) Legal fees.
(d) Attorney phone numbers.

11. How many people other than Jacob are on Jacob's law team in the Gideon case?
(a) None.
(b) 3.
(c) 2.
(d) 5.

12. What amazes Jacob about appearing in the Supreme Court?
(a) The huge number of people present.
(b) The courtroom cameras.
(c) The informality of the proceedings.
(d) The quality of the furniture.

13. When the Supreme Court ruled that federal defendants must have lawyers, a ________________ took over in place of any official body creating and funding a system that would work.
(a) Task force.
(b) Non-system.
(c) State committee.
(d) Caucus.

14. How many other states sign Berlin's legal brief?
(a) 12.
(b) 38.
(c) 17.
(d) 22.

15. Overall, the courts deal with ____________ while the legislature deals with abstraction in large numbers.
(a) Retarded people.
(b) Indigents.
(c) Individuals.
(d) Lifetime criminals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comment does George Mantz say that draws laughter from the Justices?

2. Why did Jacob only have evenings and weekends to devote to the states' case against Gideon?

3. Most prisoners currently jailed without the benefit of an attorney do not have which of the following characteristics that Gideon possesses?

4. What can be said about Gideon in that he stuck to the process of filing an appeal?

5. Who had complete control over deciding who would represent Gideon?

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