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. Where does Abe Fortas practice law?

2. What does Gideon tell his attorney is the primary reason he needs to get out of jail?

3. What sentence did Gideon receive in his first trial?

4. How many does does the opposing side on a case have to respond once a petition submitted to the Supreme Court?

5. When is Gideon's case forwarded to the Supreme Court Justices?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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