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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 does Abe Fortas think would be the best way for the Justices to understand Gideon's case?
(a) They should talk to local judges.
(b) They should go to criminal court and watch a defendant try to defend himself.
(c) They should read Gideon's trial transcripts.
(d) They should listen to interviews of inmates.

2. 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.

3. Overall, the courts deal with ____________ while the legislature deals with abstraction in large numbers.
(a) Indigents.
(b) Individuals.
(c) Retarded people.
(d) Lifetime criminals.

4. How might Gideon have known about the Carnley vs. Cochran case?
(a) TV.
(b) Law books.
(c) Radio.
(d) Newspapers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a legal document submitted to the Supreme Court from anyone who may have something helpful to add to a case?

2. Attorneys should view questions as _______________________.

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

4. Which of the following is the consensus regarding appointed attorneys?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Justice Harlan's simple statement that overturns Betts vs. Brady?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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