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. Which of the following happens to legal services when appointed attorneys are not compensated?

2. Which of the following do the Supreme Court Justices have?

3. What would add to chaos if the Betts rule were to be overturned?

4. Why was the Betts case able to prevail in 1942?

5. Who is the Attorney General in 1963?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the impact of the Gideon ruling regarding getting support for attorneys who are appointed to criminal cases?

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

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

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

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

7. What embarrassing statement does Jacob make in dialogue regarding Gideon representing someone else in court?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the Betts vs. Brady ruling. Why was it essentially unchallenged for 20 years? What happened to American critical thought in the years 1942-1962 that made it possible for Gideon's petition to be heard at the Supreme Court level? What was happening in the culture of America that almost demanded that Gideon's petition be heard? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of indigent men with diminished intelligence in the South in the 1960s. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? Do they have any freedoms that 21st century men do not have?

Essay Topic 3

Gideon's story unfolds in the early 1960s, a time when the ravages of World War II are not a very distant memory and change is happening in almost every aspect of American life. What effect did the time period in which Gideon lived help his case? Does Gideon understand his place in history now that he has changed court procedures in America? Explain.

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