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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 does each Supreme Court justice receive regarding petitioners' requests?
(a) A copy of the request and any response.
(b) A copy of the trial brief.
(c) A copy of the trial transcript.
(d) A copy of the opposing response.

2. How many law clerks are available to assist the Supreme Court Justices?
(a) 12.
(b) 18.
(c) 8.
(d) 20.

3. Why was Gideon in the hospital during this time?
(a) He had A-typical tuberculosis.
(b) He had pneumonia.
(c) He was in a car accident.
(d) He had gallbladder surgery.

4. What payment does an attorney representing a client in a Supreme Court case receive?
(a) Nothing but his name attached to a Supreme Court case.
(b) 20% of the damages awarded.
(c) A flat fee based on the scope of the trial.
(d) A monthly retainer.

5. Why does Gideon send money to his parents when he is in jail in the mid-1930s?
(a) To buy food for his brothers and sisters.
(b) To put in a savings account for him.
(c) They lost their house in the Great Depression.
(d) To pay for legal fees.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Gideon say he needs to get out of prison?

2. What would a lawyer have followed up on regarding Henry Cook's testimony but Gideon didn't know to do?

3. Is Gideon guaranteed an attorney during a Supreme Court trial?

4. How old is Gideon?

5. Because wages are so low when Gideon moves his family to Florida, what does he do to supplement the income?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the premise of GIDEON'S TRUMPET?

2. What does Fortas discover in Gideon's file regarding how he questioned witnesses and how an attorney would have been better able to manage?

3. How many Supreme Court Justices are there and how large is their support staff?

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

5. What issue has been on the minds of the Justices lately that gives Gideon's petition some extra attention?

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

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

8. What is meant by federalism and how could Gideon's Supreme Court case impact it?

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

10. For what crime is Gideon serving time in a Florida prison?

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