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 is covered in the issue of federalism?

2. The Supreme Court is bound not so much by laws as by the trends and ____________ of the Justices who serve.

3. Where does Gideon work after getting out of a reformatory?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the premise of the Betts vs. Brady case in 1942?

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

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

4. Before hearing Gideon's case, what are the Justices aware of regarding many of the cases they hear?

5. What change on the Supreme Court bench seems fortunate for Gideon's case?

6. What is Justice Harlan's simple statement that overturns Betts vs. Brady?

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

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

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

10. How does Gideon believe he is protected by the double jeopardy clause and what does he then think of his chances of acquittal in Panama City?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Gideon. 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 2

The struggle for justice takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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