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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 Gideon's state of mind as he prepares to go to trial at the Supreme Court?
(a) Anxious.
(b) Frightened.
(c) Humbled.
(d) Confident.

2. What is Gideon on the verge of losing while in jail this time?
(a) His mind.
(b) Custody of his children.
(c) His job.
(d) His house.

3. What is covered in the issue of federalism?
(a) Republicans vs. Democrats.
(b) State's rights vs. the Federal government.
(c) The Federal government budget.
(d) Internal Revenue System policies.

4. In what city did Gideon commit his crime?
(a) Hollywood, Florida.
(b) Venice, Florida.
(c) Panama City, Florida.
(d) Orlando, Florida.

5. In what city in Florida did Gideon reside?
(a) Pensacola.
(b) Tampa.
(c) Melbourne.
(d) Panama City.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what type of paper is Gideon's petition written?

2. How old is Gideon?

3. Who, other than the Justices, are included in behind closed door sessions when they consider which cases to hear?

4. Why does Gideon send money to his parents when he is in jail in the mid-1930s?

5. In what part of the country does Gideon live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role has Gideon assumed while in prison regarding helping some of the other inmates?

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

3. What compensation does an attorney representing a client in a Supreme Court case get?

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

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

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

7. What are Gideon's intentions for his life should he be released from prison?

8. What sentence does Gideon receive for the petty larceny charge?

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

10. Why is it relevant that Fortas wants to know if Gideon is a Negro?

(see the answer keys)

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