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. Why does Gideon's family not qualify for welfare?

2. Where is the U.S. Supreme Court located?

3. What would a lawyer have followed up on regarding Henry Cook's testimony but Gideon didn't know to do?

4. Who is the witness in Gideon's first trial who states that he saw Gideon at the poolroom on the morning of June 3?

5. Abe Fortas knows little of Gideon's first trial and little of _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Fortas believe would be the surest way to get assenting opinions from the Justices in Gideon's case?

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

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

5. Who is Bruce Robert Jacob and what is his role in Gideon's Supreme Court trial?

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

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

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

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

10. What embarrassing statement does Jacob make in dialogue regarding Gideon representing someone else in court?

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

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 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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