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. How many justices sit on the Supreme Court?

2. Who did Gideon marry in 1955?

3. As a general rule, the Justices' decisions follow ______________ of what's most important in the judicial system.

4. The Supreme Court always seems to take the word of the person who claims _______________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What role has Gideon assumed while in prison regarding helping some of the other inmates?

2. What is the nature of Gideon's petition to the Supreme Court?

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

4. What is so unusual about Gideon's tenacity in preparing his petition to the Supreme Court?

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

6. What compensation does an attorney representing a client in a Supreme Court case get?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of W. Fred Turner. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What is his primary motivation?

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

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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