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. The Supreme Court Justices are aware that many of the cases they hear are the result of __________________.

2. Jacob contends that the basis for his case is about _________________, not an attorney.

3. What do some attorneys consider oral arguments to be?

4. What "stupid answer" does Jacob give in response to a Justice?

5. Which state files its own brief in support of the principles of Gideon's case?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Bruce Robert Jacob and what is his role in Gideon's Supreme Court trial?

5. How do Fortas and Jacob differ in their perceptions of Supreme Court procedure?

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

7. How could Gideon vs. Wainwright overthrow the Betts vs. Brady decision that was enacted just 20 years prior?

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

9. Compare and contrast the legal resources for Jacob representing states' rights and Fortas representing just one man.

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

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

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 3

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?

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