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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Krakauer, why was the search for Ruby Jessop less thorough than for Elizabeth Smart?
(a) Ruby's parents told the police not to.
(b) Ruby ran away.
(c) Ruby was born into a polygamist family.
(d) Ruby was poor.

2. How did Dan remember his childhood?
(a) As an unconventional one.
(b) As a happy one.
(c) He has no memory of it.
(d) As a traumatic one.

3. According to Debbie Palmer, what made Elizabeth Smart an easy target for abduction?
(a) She was very beautiful and kind.
(b) She was taught to be obedient and passive.
(c) She was angry with her parents.
(d) Her parents didn't pay any attention to her.

4. At the School of the Prophets, what practice did Crossfield attempt to reinstate in his students?
(a) Polygamy.
(b) Fasts.
(c) Divorce.
(d) Prayer.

5. Why, according to Krakauer, is it difficult for Mormon's to paint a flaw-free picture of Smith?
(a) They see his human qualities.
(b) He was very flawed.
(c) They're not good liars.
(d) The religion is so young.

6. According to the Latter Day Saints, why did Moroni leave them gold?
(a) To support their cause.
(b) To offer to God.
(c) To use as bribes.
(d) To help them through hard times.

7. For the murders of Brenda and Erica Lafferty, what was Dan's sentence?
(a) 25 years.
(b) Life in prison.
(c) The death sentence.
(d) Probation.

8. What idea of Mormon families was the biggest problem to Debbie Palmer?
(a) The strict rules.
(b) The low standards of living.
(c) The patriarchy.
(d) The number of children.

9. Why were Mormons allowed to settle in Caldwell County?
(a) It wasn't part of the United States.
(b) It was poor farm land.
(c) It wasn't very populated.
(d) Many Mormons already lived there.

10. After fleeing Illinois, why did Smith return?
(a) To confess his faults.
(b) To get his family.
(c) He believed he was abandoning his people.
(d) He missed his home.

11. After the Edmunds Tucker Act of 1887, what did fundamentalist believe a new prophet would bring?
(a) The return of polygamy.
(b) A new promise land.
(c) A new take on government.
(d) Money and celebrity for the church.

12. When did Dan Lafferty's life begin to fall apart?
(a) When he began to follow fundamentalist ideas.
(b) When his son married a non-Mormon.
(c) When his father died.
(d) When he lost his arm in a car crash.

13. What did Smith change in his rules for the Mormon Church because of Crossfield?
(a) Only church leaders could have revelations.
(b) Everyone had to have a background check before being accepted into the church.
(c) Only children of current leaders could lead.
(d) Church leaders would receive higher salaries.

14. Why did Rockwell try to kill Missouri's governor?
(a) Rockwell wanted to be governor.
(b) Rockwell was crazy.
(c) To free his people.
(d) To fulfill Smith's prophecy.

15. What job did Debbie's third husband quit?
(a) Being a priest.
(b) Being a writer.
(c) Being a salesman.
(d) Being a plumber.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was sex regulated in fundamentalist Mormon communities?

2. What similarities does Krakauer cite between fundamentalist and modern Mormons?

3. Why did fundamentalists see accepting government funds as a virtuous act?

4. How did Mitchell justify his abduction of Elizabeth Smart?

5. When Linda was asked about her life with Green, her husband, what did she say?

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