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 payment does an attorney representing a client in a Supreme Court case receive?

2. Where does Abe Fortas practice law?

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

4. What reason did the judge in Gideon's first trial not appoint an attorney?

5. In what part of the country does Gideon live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What major inadequacies does Fortas discover in the transcripts of Gideon's criminal trial?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Create a brief character study of Gideon. 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 3

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.

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