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 role does Gideon take on in helping other inmates?

2. How many justices sit on the Supreme Court?

3. Gideon writes a letter of ____________ pages to Abe Fortas to tell him what really happened.

4. Gideon says that his court trial violated the _____________ Amendment.

5. What establishment was Gideon convicted of robbing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the irony of Gideon's not being able to ever hold a job very long in his life yet having the tenacity to hand write pages and pages of his petition to the Supreme Court. What gave Gideon his inspiration to keep pushing forward? How would Gideon's life have been different if he had applied this same tenacity to making a decent living and caring for his family? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the book GIDEON'S TRUMPET when Gideon is clearly not a musician? Expand your thinking and provide the best answer you can think of.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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