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. Why was Gideon in the hospital during this time?

2. What is the only thing Gideon's landlady testifies to when Gideon questions her?

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

4. Abe Fortas had previously argued the case that expanded the Supreme Court's ruling on ____________.

5. What does Henry Cook state that Gideon had in his hand when he saw him on the morning of June 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it relevant that Fortas wants to know if Gideon is a Negro?

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

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

4. Why is Gideon allowed an attorney for his Supreme Court case and who is the man appointed to represent him?

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

6. For what crime is Gideon serving time in a Florida prison?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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