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. Because wages are so low when Gideon moves his family to Florida, what does he do to supplement the income?

2. What does the judge in Gideon's first trial neglect to tell Gideon?

3. How many law clerks are available to assist the Supreme Court Justices?

4. Why does Gideon send money to his parents when he is in jail in the mid-1930s?

5. The Supreme Court had ruled that a person is not criminally responsible for his actions if he ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the seeming difference between how the Supreme Court views indigence and how Gideon was treated in the lower court?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

When reading Gideon's file, Abe Fortas is interested to know whether or not Gideon is a black man. Why would this have been an important fact? What was happening in the South in the 1960s that would have made Gideon's race a critical factor to his case?

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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