Reading Comprehension Reviewer 1
Comprehension - This type of test is designed to measure your ability to read
and understand various types of written material.
The case of Gideon vs. Wainright, decided by the United States Supreme Court
in 1962, granted court-appointed counsel to people charged with felonies
who could not afford to pay for their own attorney. In a more recent case, the
Supreme Court declared that the right extends to person who are charged with
any crime for which prison is a potential penalty. According to these court
decisions, a defendant may waive his or her right to be representedby counsel
at trial, but the state must at least provide the defendant with the opportunity
to have free counsel.
Based on the above case or passage, which of the following statements is most
correct regarding defendants who cannot afford an attorney.
A. Anyone who must appear in court has the right to a free attorney.
B. Anyone whose charges may result in prison must have an attorney
representing him or her at trial.
C. Anyone charged with a felony must have an attorney present for his or
D. Anyone charged with an offense that could lead to prison must have the
option of a free attorney.
Note: In order to pass this test, read the question and the alternative answers
before reading the case or passage.
This technique has the advantage of reading the case or passage while
looking for the specific information that will correctly answer the question.