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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Henry Cook state that Gideon had in his hand when he saw him on the morning of June 3?
2. Which of the following is NOT an area in which Abe Fortas is familiar?
3. With whom does Gideon file a petition?
4. Henry Cook states that at the poolroom, the front was off the cigarette machine and ___________________.
5. Who is the witness in Gideon's first trial who states that he saw Gideon at the poolroom on the morning of June 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. What major inadequacies does Fortas discover in the transcripts of Gideon's criminal trial?
2. What is the process of a Supreme Court petition?
3. What is so unusual about Gideon's tenacity in preparing his petition to the Supreme Court?
4. Do the Supreme Court Justices get to decide which cases they will hear?
5. What issue has been on the minds of the Justices lately that gives Gideon's petition some extra attention?
6. How does Fortas learn more about Gideon during the months after he is appointed to represent him?
7. What is the famous 1940s case whose precedent denied Gideon an attorney at his criminal trial?
8. For what is Abe Fortas already known regarding influencing the Supreme Court to expand a certain ruling?
9. What is Gideon's mood as he heads into his Supreme Court trial?
10. What is meant by federalism and how could Gideon's Supreme Court case impact it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
GIDEON'S TRUMPET is a story about succeeding against heavy odds. Explain how fortunate Gideon is to have been alive in 1962 instead of 1942. What ruling had been in place in Florida that would have kept Gideon in prison for his full sentence? Is Gideon even aware of his good fortune? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in Gideon's life. How did Gideon have to adapt to a lonely childhood and youth? What effect did that have on his future relationships? Could his inability to manage relationships be part of the cause of his marital failures and relationships with his children? Explain the impact that childhood distress can have on an adult many years later.
Essay Topic 3
What is the point of view of the book? What are the benefits and the limitations to this particular point of view? Explain how the book would have changed if it had been written by one of the attorneys or even Gideon himself.
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