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. Among the most important concepts for the Justices is the determination of _________________.

2. What does Abe Fortas want before going to trial before representing Gideon?

3. What is covered in the issue of federalism?

4. Who is the clerk who receives Gideon's Supreme Court petition?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Fortas learn more about Gideon during the months after he is appointed to represent him?

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

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

5. Why is Gideon allowed an attorney for his Supreme Court case and who is the man appointed to represent him?

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

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

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

9. What incriminating testimony had been provided by the prosecution's witness, Henry Cook, during Gideon's criminal trial?

10. For what is Abe Fortas already known regarding influencing the Supreme Court to expand a certain ruling?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

With what crime had Clarence Earl Gideon been charged? What prevented his being appointed an attorney? Wouldn't Gideon have qualified under the "special circumstances" clause? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Bruce Jacob. 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

In Gideon's Supreme Court case, Abe Fortas is assigned to represent him while Bruce Jacob represents the state's rights. Compare and contrast Abe Fortas and Bruce Jacob. What similarities do they share? How are they different? Do you think the Supreme Court Justices knew what they were doing when they appointed Fortas to Gideon's case? Explain.

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