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. The Supreme Court Justices are aware that many of the cases they hear are the result of __________________.

2. How might Gideon have known about the Carnley vs. Cochran case?

3. Who was the Florida governor at the time of Gideon vs. Wainwright?

4. What do some people at the state level want to see implemented?

5. In the Betts vs. Brady case in 1942, in what state did Smith Betts live?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Jacob's opinion on the retroactive element of any law which may evolve from Gideon's Supreme Court case?

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

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

5. What is Justice Black's statement about Betts when he offers the Supreme Court opinion?

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

7. What could be the reason that the Supreme Court Justices selected Fortas to represent Gideon?

8. What is State Judge Walter V. Schaefer's reasoning on why the right to an attorney is greater than all other rights?

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

10. What is the premise of the brief written by George D. Mentz of the Alabama Attorney General's office which supports Jacob's case?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall settings for the story. What is important about each setting as it is revealed? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the people?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

When reading Gideon's file, Abe Fortas is interested to know whether or not Gideon is a black man. Why would this have been an important fact? What was happening in the South in the 1960s that would have made Gideon's race a critical factor to his case?

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