Gideon's Trumpet Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anthony Lewis
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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. An attorney representing a client in a Supreme Court case gets money for ________________.

2. What payment does an attorney representing a client in a Supreme Court case receive?

3. When is Gideon's case forwarded to the Supreme Court Justices?

4. How many justices sit on the Supreme Court?

5. How old was Gideon when his father died?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the premise of GIDEON'S TRUMPET?

2. What incriminating testimony had been provided by the prosecution's witness, Henry Cook, during Gideon's criminal trial?

3. What issue has been on the minds of the Justices lately that gives Gideon's petition some extra attention?

4. How does Fortas get the information he needs about Gideon's previous trial?

5. How many Supreme Court Justices are there and how large is their support staff?

6. Describe some of Gideon's bad childhood experiences.

7. What are Gideon's intentions for his life should he be released from prison?

8. What is the famous case by which assigning attorneys to defendants is determined?

9. What does Fortas discover in Gideon's file regarding how he questioned witnesses and how an attorney would have been better able to manage?

10. What role has Gideon assumed while in prison regarding helping some of the other inmates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Create a brief character study of Gideon. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What is his primary motivation?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the irony of Gideon's not being able to ever hold a job very long in his life yet having the tenacity to hand write pages and pages of his petition to the Supreme Court. What gave Gideon his inspiration to keep pushing forward? How would Gideon's life have been different if he had applied this same tenacity to making a decent living and caring for his family? Explain.

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