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. What is the case in which six black boys were accused of rape of two white girls in 1932?

2. For how long are Supreme Court Justices on the bench?

3. What can a lay person not be expected to know?

4. What is the name of another case in Florida that is similar to Gideon's regarding right to an attorney?

5. Prior to Gideons' Supreme Court case, how many of the nine Justices does Fortas think will rule in his favor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What flaw does Fortas present in determining decisions on a case-by-case basis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in Gideon's life. How did Gideon have to adapt to a lonely childhood and youth? What effect did that have on his future relationships? Could his inability to manage relationships be part of the cause of his marital failures and relationships with his children? Explain the impact that childhood distress can have on an adult many years later.

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