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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 did State Judge Walter V. Schaefer of the Illin.ois Court of Illinois assert as a citizen's greatest right?
(a) The right of free speech.
(b) The right to practice religion.
(c) The right to an attorney.
(d) The right to bear arms.

2. Which of the following is an indigent person unable to afford that a rich defendant can?
(a) Psychiatric evaluations.
(b) All of these.
(c) Bail.
(d) Other defense methods.

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

4. How does Gideon describe Fortas' legal brief about the case?
(a) A Godsend.
(b) A masterpiece.
(c) Brilliant document.
(d) Truly inspiring work.

5. Under the Betts rule, who is required to have an attorney?
(a) A person of low intelligence.
(b) A guilty person.
(c) An innocent person.
(d) An indigent person.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Gideon is perceived to be intelligent but ______________.

3. Walter Mondale of Minnesota wrote to Jacob that all __________________ should have a lawyer.

4. Who was the Florida governor at the time of Gideon vs. Wainwright?

5. What would add to chaos if the Betts rule were to be overturned?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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