Gideon's Trumpet Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

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

3. What is Gideon's job in prison?

4. Who is appointed to represent Gideon in his Supreme Court trial?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What sentence does Gideon receive for the petty larceny charge?

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

7. What is the typical course for a case to reach the Supreme Court?

8. How does Fortas get the information he needs about Gideon's previous trial?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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