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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 type of payment do most appointed attorneys get?
2. The Supreme Court Justices are aware that many of the cases they hear are the result of __________________.
3. Who is the law student who works on research for Fortas?
4. Most prisoners currently jailed without the benefit of an attorney do not have which of the following characteristics that Gideon possesses?
5. What did retired Justice Frankfurter say about Gideon vs. Wainwright?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the next step after the Supreme Court rules in Gideon's favor?
2. Compare and contrast the legal resources for Jacob representing states' rights and Fortas representing just one man.
3. What is Justice Harlan's simple statement that overturns Betts vs. Brady?
4. What change on the Supreme Court bench seems fortunate for Gideon's case?
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 does John Hart Ely discover about Florida cases while doing research for Gideon's Supreme Court case?
7. Before hearing Gideon's case, what are the Justices aware of regarding many of the cases they hear?
8. What are a couple reasons that the Supreme Court works so well in terms of independent thinking?
9. What is Justice Black's statement about Betts when he offers the Supreme Court opinion?
10. What is the impact of the Gideon ruling regarding getting support for attorneys who are appointed to criminal cases?
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
What is the point of view of the book? What are the benefits and the limitations to this particular point of view? Explain how the book would have changed if it had been written by one of the attorneys or even Gideon himself.
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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