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

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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. With whom does Gideon file a petition?

2. Where does Abe Fortas practice law?

3. How old is Gideon?

4. Among the most important concepts for the Justices is the determination of _________________.

5. Sometimes the justices have their ________________ write brief memorandums about the petitioner's file contents.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Gideon's mood as he heads into his Supreme Court trial?

2. What is meant by federalism and how could Gideon's Supreme Court case impact it?

3. What is the process of a Supreme Court petition?

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

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

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

7. What distinction did Justice Jackson once make regarding the infallibility of Supreme Court decision?

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

9. What kind of power do the Supreme Court Justices have and how do some of them feel about it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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