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. What is Gideon on the verge of losing while in jail this time?

2. Why did Gideon never move his family out of Panama City?

3. How many children does Gideon have?

4. Which of the following is NOT an area in which Abe Fortas is familiar?

5. In what city in Florida did Gideon reside?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What sentence does Gideon receive for the petty larceny charge?

6. What is the typical course for a case to reach the Supreme Court?

7. How does Fortas learn more about Gideon during the months after he is appointed to represent him?

8. For what is Abe Fortas already known regarding influencing the Supreme Court to expand a certain ruling?

9. What major inadequacies does Fortas discover in the transcripts of Gideon's criminal trial?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of W. Fred Turner. 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 2

Gideon's story unfolds in the early 1960s, a time when the ravages of World War II are not a very distant memory and change is happening in almost every aspect of American life. What effect did the time period in which Gideon lived help his case? Does Gideon understand his place in history now that he has changed court procedures in America? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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