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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is one caveat for a person who brings a petition before the Supreme Court?
(a) He must be illiterate.
(b) He must have money for an attorney.
(c) He must be indigent.
(d) He must have been hurt by a legal action.

2. What legislation gives the Supreme Court Justices the freedom to decide which cases they will hear?
(a) The Judge's Bill of 1925.
(b) The NATO Treaty.
(c) The NAACP Bill.
(d) The Fourteenth Amendment.

3. Gideon says that his court trial violated the _____________ Amendment.
(a) Fourteenth.
(b) First.
(c) Tenth.
(d) Fifth.

4. What is the date of Gideon's reply to the Florida Attorney General's office that Gideon did not have right to counsel?
(a) May 25, 1963.
(b) November 22, 1963.
(c) January 15, 1966.
(d) April 21, 1963.

5. Where does Abe Fortas practice law?
(a) Denver, Colorado.
(b) Orlando, Florida.
(c) Washington D.C.
(d) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what reason has Gideon been summoned to court?

2. Among the most important concepts for the Justices is the determination of _________________.

3. Who is the clerk who receives Gideon's Supreme Court petition?

4. Henry Cook states that at the poolroom, the front was off the cigarette machine and ___________________.

5. What is Gideon on the verge of losing while in jail this time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the famous case by which assigning attorneys to defendants is determined?

2. What major inadequacies does Fortas discover in the transcripts of Gideon's criminal trial?

3. What is the famous 1940s case whose precedent denied Gideon an attorney at his criminal trial?

4. What distinction did Justice Jackson once make regarding the infallibility of Supreme Court decision?

5. What incriminating testimony had been provided by the prosecution's witness, Henry Cook, during Gideon's criminal trial?

6. What is the seeming difference between how the Supreme Court views indigence and how Gideon was treated in the lower court?

7. What is Gideon's life like after he marries in 1955?

8. Why is Gideon allowed an attorney for his Supreme Court case and who is the man appointed to represent him?

9. What kind of power do the Supreme Court Justices have and how do some of them feel about it?

10. What is so unusual about Gideon's tenacity in preparing his petition to the Supreme Court?

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