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

2. Who, other than the Justices, are included in behind closed door sessions when they consider which cases to hear?

3. What establishment was Gideon convicted of robbing?

4. What does Abe Fortas want before going to trial before representing Gideon?

5. What is covered in the issue of federalism?

Short Essay Questions

1. How could Gideon vs. Wainwright overthrow the Betts vs. Brady decision that was enacted just 20 years prior?

2. Compare and contrast the legal resources for Jacob representing states' rights and Fortas representing just one man.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is State Judge Walter V. Schaefer's reasoning on why the right to an attorney is greater than all other rights?

10. What is the famous 1940s case whose precedent denied Gideon an attorney at his criminal trial?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The struggle for justice takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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

Describe the overall settings for the story. What is important about each setting as it is revealed? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the people?

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