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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. How does Gideon describe Fortas' legal brief about the case?
(a) Truly inspiring work.
(b) A Godsend.
(c) A masterpiece.
(d) Brilliant document.

2. What "stupid answer" does Jacob give in response to a Justice?
(a) He did not realize that he would be questioned on some of these issues.
(b) The Justices have not done their due diligence in the case.
(c) A judge would not object to a lay person representing someone else.
(d) Gideon did the crime and he has to do the time.

3. What is the case in which six black boys were accused of rape of two white girls in 1932?
(a) The Alabama Case.
(b) The Missouri Case.
(c) The Petersborough Case.
(d) The Scotsboro Case.

4. What is the name of another case in Florida that is similar to Gideon's regarding right to an attorney?
(a) Carney vs. Collins.
(b) Cronin vs. Cochran.
(c) Carnley vs. Cochran.
(d) Cromwell vs. Cooley.

5. Who typed Jacob's legal brief in the Gideon case?
(a) Personal assistant.
(b) Legal secretary.
(c) Law clerk.
(d) Jacob's wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the young lawyer assigned to defend the state's position in Gideon's case?

2. What do some people at the state level want to see implemented?

3. George Mantz of ____________ admits that his state's courts could soon follow the trend to appoint attorneys in all cases.

4. 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?

5. In most cases the majority of the work falls on _________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What major points stem from revising the method of assigning attorneys who are not compensated?

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

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

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

10. What is the next step after the Supreme Court rules in Gideon's favor?

(see the answer keys)

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