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

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

3. Who is the new director of the Florida prison system during Gideon's Supreme Court trial?
(a) Louie L. Wainwright.
(b) Marvin Edelman.
(c) Marvellas Cooke.
(d) Harold Milligan.

4. The Supreme Court Justices are aware that many of the cases they hear are the result of __________________.
(a) Unskilled judges in the local courts.
(b) An overloaded local court system.
(c) A defendant's lack of a defense attorney.
(d) A poor State Court system.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What can a lay person not be expected to know?

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

3. Which of the following is true of Gideon's case?

4. Which of the following is true of Jacobs prior to the Supreme Court case?

5. Lawyers appearing before the Supreme Court should present facts as opposed to ________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is Justice Black's statement about Betts when he offers the Supreme Court opinion?

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

(see the answer keys)

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