Gideon's Trumpet Test | Final 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. How might Gideon have known about the Carnley vs. Cochran case?

2. What "stupid answer" does Jacob give in response to a Justice?

3. Who had complete control over deciding who would represent Gideon?

4. Who is the law student who works on research for Fortas?

5. Gideon is perceived to be intelligent but ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Gideon's Supreme Court case called Gideon vs. Wainwright?

3. What major points stem from revising the method of assigning attorneys who are not compensated?

4. How do Fortas and Jacob differ in their perceptions of Supreme Court procedure?

5. What is the author's reply to those who may question whether a case like Gideon's should be managed through legislation or allowed to proceed to the Supreme Court?

6. What are a couple reasons that the Supreme Court works so well in terms of independent thinking?

7. How could Gideon vs. Wainwright overthrow the Betts vs. Brady decision that was enacted just 20 years prior?

8. What is the next step after the Supreme Court rules in Gideon's favor?

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

10. Compare and contrast the legal resources for Jacob representing states' rights and Fortas representing just one man.

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

There is a saying that "He who represents himself has a fool for a client." Clearly Gideon was set up for failure in trying to represent himself but what do you think of his methods? Was he on the right track? Was he intelligent enough to do a decent job with a little bit of guidance? Do you think Gideon thought he did a good job, at least before the verdict was read? Explain.

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