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. Which of the following does Henry Cook state that Henry did on the morning of June 3?

2. The Supreme Court always seems to take the word of the person who claims _______________.

3. What is covered in the issue of federalism?

4. What is Gideon's job in prison?

5. How many justices sit on the Supreme Court?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do the Supreme Court Justices get to decide which cases they will hear?

3. What is Gideon's life like after he marries in 1955?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gideon changed the course of American law by petitioning for justice in the area of rights to an attorney. Who might be the next Gideon? Name two causes that are important in the United States today and how their passage would significantly alter the laws in America. What do you think the chances are of the causes passing and affecting change? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the book GIDEON'S TRUMPET when Gideon is clearly not a musician? Expand your thinking and provide the best answer you can think of.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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