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. Why does the right to an attorney issue become even greater on the state level?

2. What did retired Justice Frankfurter say about Gideon vs. Wainwright?

3. Who writes a legal brief in support of Gideon after Walter Mondale's letter is circulated?

4. Who had complete control over deciding who would represent Gideon?

5. Who is the young lawyer assigned to defend the state's position in Gideon's case?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does John Hart Ely discover about Florida cases while doing research for Gideon's Supreme Court case?

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

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

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

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

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

In Gideon's Supreme Court case, Abe Fortas is assigned to represent him while Bruce Jacob represents the state's rights. Compare and contrast Abe Fortas and Bruce Jacob. What similarities do they share? How are they different? Do you think the Supreme Court Justices knew what they were doing when they appointed Fortas to Gideon's case? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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