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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. Why does the right to an attorney issue become even greater on the state level?
(a) There are more indigent defendants.
(b) There are judges who want to rule on a case-by-case basis.
(c) The states resist the change.
(d) There are more intellectually challenged defendants.

2. Which of the following is the consensus regarding appointed attorneys?
(a) Governmental funding will be required.
(b) No one attorney should withstand the continuing burden.
(c) An unpaid lawyer provides little or no real legal advice.
(d) All of these?

3. Who had complete control over deciding who would represent Gideon?
(a) The prison warden.
(b) Gideon.
(c) The Justices.
(d) The Florida State Court.

4. Which organization submits a brief in support of Gideon's petition?
(a) The Democratic Party.
(b) The Harvard Law School.
(c) The NAACP.
(d) The American Civil Liberties Union.

5. What is the formal name of Gideon's Supreme Court case?
(a) Gideon vs. The United States of America.
(b) Gideon vs. Cochran.
(c) Gideon vs. Wainwright.
(d) Gideon vs. The State of Florida.

Short Answer Questions

1. Most prisoners currently jailed without the benefit of an attorney do not have which of the following characteristics that Gideon possesses?

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

3. Which state files its own brief in support of the principles of Gideon's case?

4. The Justice makes the point that all the prisoners currently jailed without counsel were entitled to an attorney ________________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Gideon's Supreme Court case called Gideon vs. Wainwright?

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

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

5. Compare and contrast the legal resources for Jacob representing states' rights and Fortas representing just one man.

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

7. What embarrassing statement does Jacob make in dialogue regarding Gideon representing someone else in court?

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

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

10. 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?

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