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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. Who does George Mantz say is looking out for defendants with attorneys?
2. What does Abe Fortas think would be the best way for the Justices to understand Gideon's case?
3. Who had complete control over deciding who would represent Gideon?
4. Who is the Attorney General in 1963?
5. What do some attorneys consider oral arguments to be?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Justice Harlan's simple statement that overturns Betts vs. Brady?
2. Why is Gideon's Supreme Court case called Gideon vs. Wainwright?
3. What change on the Supreme Court bench seems fortunate for Gideon's case?
4. What is the next step after the Supreme Court rules in Gideon's favor?
5. Before hearing Gideon's case, what are the Justices aware of regarding many of the cases they hear?
6. What major points stem from revising the method of assigning attorneys who are not compensated?
7. What is the premise of the Betts vs. Brady case in 1942?
8. How could Gideon vs. Wainwright overthrow the Betts vs. Brady decision that was enacted just 20 years prior?
9. What is the premise of the brief written by George D. Mentz of the Alabama Attorney General's office which supports Jacob's case?
10. What does John Hart Ely discover about Florida cases while doing research for Gideon's Supreme Court case?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of hope. Identify at least two themes about hope in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the irony of Gideon's not being able to ever hold a job very long in his life yet having the tenacity to hand write pages and pages of his petition to the Supreme Court. What gave Gideon his inspiration to keep pushing forward? How would Gideon's life have been different if he had applied this same tenacity to making a decent living and caring for his family? Explain.
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