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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 would add to chaos if the Betts rule were to be overturned?
(a) Riots in prisons all across America.
(b) Law schools would have to change curriculum.
(c) Media interviews would overwhelm them.
(d) Mass filing of appeals from current prisoners.

2. Alabama's brief declares that ___________________ is more likely to be acquitted.
(a) A first-time offender.
(b) An indigent with counsel.
(c) A retarded person.
(d) An indigent without counsel.

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

4. In the Betts vs. Brady case in 1942, in what state did Smith Betts live?
(a) Montana.
(b) Virginia.
(c) Maryland,
(d) Ohio.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who had complete control over deciding who would represent Gideon?

2. Who is the law student who works on research for Fortas?

3. Who is the new director of the Florida prison system during Gideon's Supreme Court trial?

4. For how long are Supreme Court Justices on the bench?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Before hearing Gideon's case, what are the Justices aware of regarding many of the cases they hear?

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

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

8. What is the impact of the Gideon ruling regarding getting support for attorneys who are appointed to criminal cases?

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

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

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