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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) States' rights.
(b) The Attorney General.
(c) The Fourteenth Amendment.
(d) The Constitution.

2. One of the Justices asks Jacob if he believes all the prisoners currently jailed without benefit of an attorney are __________________.
(a) Indigent.
(b) Illiterate.
(c) Innocent.
(d) Guilty.

3. What comment does George Mantz say that draws laughter from the Justices?
(a) An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
(b) A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
(c) Hope springs eternal.
(d) The early bird catches the worm.

4. Which of the following is true of Jacobs prior to the Supreme Court case?
(a) He spends time worrying about minor points.
(b) All of these.
(c) He is struck by the pomp of the building.
(d) He is impressed by the formality of the crier who opens the proceedings.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Attorneys should view questions as _______________________.

2. Prior to Gideons' Supreme Court case, how many of the nine Justices does Fortas think will rule in his favor?

3. Which law school does John Hart Ely attend?

4. What "stupid answer" does Jacob give in response to a Justice?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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