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

2. How many Supreme Court decisions has Gideon read?

3. Where does Gideon work after getting out of a reformatory?

4. Abe Fortas indicates that a lawyer would have known that ____________ could have been a defense for the crime.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What behavior does Gideon exhibit that prompts the Panama City judge to tell him not to try to take over as his own attorney?

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

3. What flaw does Fortas present in determining decisions on a case-by-case basis?

4. Before hearing Gideon's case, what are the Justices aware of regarding many of the cases they hear?

5. What form of support does Jacob get to help him defend the state position in the trial?

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

7. What is Justice Black's statement about Betts when he offers the Supreme Court opinion?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Define the Betts vs. Brady ruling. Why was it essentially unchallenged for 20 years? What happened to American critical thought in the years 1942-1962 that made it possible for Gideon's petition to be heard at the Supreme Court level? What was happening in the culture of America that almost demanded that Gideon's petition be heard? Explain.

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

There is a saying that "He who represents himself has a fool for a client." Clearly Gideon was set up for failure in trying to represent himself but what do you think of his methods? Was he on the right track? Was he intelligent enough to do a decent job with a little bit of guidance? Do you think Gideon thought he did a good job, at least before the verdict was read? Explain.

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