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. For how long are Supreme Court Justices on the bench?

2. What is the main reason a defendant does not have an attorney?

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

4. What can a lay person not be expected to know?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What does Fortas believe would be the surest way to get assenting opinions from the Justices in Gideon's case?

5. What form of support does Jacob get to help him defend the state position in the trial?

6. What is the premise of the brief written by George D. Mentz of the Alabama Attorney General's office which supports Jacob's case?

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

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

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

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

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

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of hope. Identify at least two themes about hope in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

With what crime had Clarence Earl Gideon been charged? What prevented his being appointed an attorney? Wouldn't Gideon have qualified under the "special circumstances" clause? Explain.

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