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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. Who is the Attorney General in 1963?
(a) Lyndon Johnson.
(b) Daniel Ellsberg.
(c) Robert F. Kennedy.
(d) Robert McNamara.

2. Who replaces Justice Frankfurter when he retires?
(a) Justice Arthur Goldberg.
(b) Justice Avery Gillette.
(c) Justice Alan Ginsburg.
(d) Justice Arthur Goldman.

3. Which of the following is true of Gideon's case?
(a) A senior partner of the firm did the majority of the writing for the brief.
(b) He had a large, established firm on his side.
(c) Expensive attorneys spent many hours in research.
(d) All of these.

4. Which of the following is an indigent person unable to afford that a rich defendant can?
(a) Psychiatric evaluations.
(b) All of these.
(c) Other defense methods.
(d) Bail.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which are the only two states to stand with Florida on the right to an attorney position?

3. Who was the Florida governor at the time of Gideon vs. Wainwright?

4. Gideon is perceived to be intelligent but ______________.

5. What would add to chaos if the Betts rule were to be overturned?

Short Essay Questions

1. What form of support does Jacob get to help him defend the state position in the trial?

2. What is Jacob's opinion on the retroactive element of any law which may evolve from Gideon's Supreme Court case?

3. What does Fortas believe would be the surest way to get assenting opinions from the Justices in Gideon's case?

4. What does John Hart Ely discover about Florida cases while doing research for Gideon's Supreme Court case?

5. What change on the Supreme Court bench seems fortunate for Gideon's case?

6. How could Gideon vs. Wainwright overthrow the Betts vs. Brady decision that was enacted just 20 years prior?

7. Who is Bruce Robert Jacob and what is his role in Gideon's Supreme Court trial?

8. What are a couple reasons that the Supreme Court works so well in terms of independent thinking?

9. What is the author's reply to those who may question whether a case like Gideon's should be managed through legislation or allowed to proceed to the Supreme Court?

10. What could be the reason that the Supreme Court Justices selected Fortas to represent Gideon?

(see the answer keys)

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