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. When is Gideon's case forwarded to the Supreme Court Justices?

2. How many pages does Gideon's Supreme Court petition contain?

3. What is Gideon's state of mind as he prepares to go to trial at the Supreme Court?

4. What is Gideon's job in prison?

5. How many children and stepchildren does Gideon have with his second wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are Gideon's intentions for his life should he be released from prison?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of indigent men with diminished intelligence in the South in the 1960s. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that 21st century men do not have?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Gideon's story unfolds in the early 1960s, a time when the ravages of World War II are not a very distant memory and change is happening in almost every aspect of American life. What effect did the time period in which Gideon lived help his case? Does Gideon understand his place in history now that he has changed court procedures in America? Explain.

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