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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 can a lay person not be expected to know?
(a) Attorney phone numbers.
(b) Supreme Court Justices.
(c) Legal fees.
(d) Points of law.

2. Which of the following is true regarding Supreme Court Justices?
(a) They are free to disagree.
(b) They don't seek re-election and are not indebted to anyone.
(c) They are appointed to lifetime terms.
(d) All of these.

3. What do some attorneys consider oral arguments to be?
(a) A waste of time.
(b) A nuisance.
(c) An imperative.
(d) A formality.

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

5. Which of the following do the Supreme Court Justices have?
(a) Personalities.
(b) Individual ideas.
(c) Core ideals.
(d) All of these.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why did Jacob only have evenings and weekends to devote to the states' case against Gideon?

4. Why does the right to an attorney issue become even greater on the state level?

5. Which law school does John Hart Ely attend?

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

3. What is the author's reply to those who may question whether a case like Gideon's should be managed through legislation or allowed to proceed to the Supreme Court?

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

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

6. What embarrassing statement does Jacob make in dialogue regarding Gideon representing someone else in court?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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