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

2. Which of the following do the Supreme Court Justices have?
(a) Individual ideas.
(b) All of these.
(c) Personalities.
(d) Core ideals.

3. What can be said about Gideon in that he stuck to the process of filing an appeal?
(a) Tenacious.
(b) Evasive.
(c) Affable.
(d) Impudent.

4. Most prisoners currently jailed without the benefit of an attorney do not have which of the following characteristics that Gideon possesses?
(a) Educational level.
(b) Tenacity.
(c) All of these.
(d) Intelligence.

5. Gideon is perceived to be intelligent but ______________.
(a) Shifty.
(b) Immoral.
(c) Lazy.
(d) Uneducated.

Short Answer Questions

1. One of the Justices asks Jacob if he believes all the prisoners currently jailed without benefit of an attorney are __________________.

2. What is the case in which six black boys were accused of rape of two white girls in 1932?

3. Immediately following Gideon's case, how many cases does the Supreme Court send back to the Florida State Supreme Court ordering it to reconsider those cases in light of Gideon vs. Wainwright?

4. What would be the benefit of a public defender's office?

5. Why was the Betts case able to prevail in 1942?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the premise of the Betts vs. Brady case in 1942?

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

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

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

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

6. What is State Judge Walter V. Schaefer's reasoning on why the right to an attorney is greater than all other rights?

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

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

9. What flaw does Fortas present in determining decisions on a case-by-case basis?

10. What is the premise of the brief written by George D. Mentz of the Alabama Attorney General's office which supports Jacob's case?

(see the answer keys)

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