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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 "stupid answer" does Jacob give in response to a Justice?
2. Attorneys should view questions as _______________________.
3. Lawyers appearing before the Supreme Court should not be overconfident or ______________.
4. What would add to chaos if the Betts rule were to be overturned?
5. How might Gideon have known about the Carnley vs. Cochran case?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the next step after the Supreme Court rules in Gideon's favor?
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. What form of support does Jacob get to help him defend the state position in the trial?
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. Why is Gideon's Supreme Court case called Gideon vs. Wainwright?
8. Who is Bruce Robert Jacob and what is his role in Gideon's Supreme Court trial?
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 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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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