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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Whose will did Dan and Ron believe they were carrying out?
(a) Their mother's.
(b) Onias'.
(c) Ron's.
(d) God's.

3. Where is the Nephites' gold supposedly held?
(a) Canada.
(b) Salt Lake.
(c) The Dream Mine.
(d) The main church.

4. Krakauer explains that early Mormons believed government law was inferior to __________.
(a) Basic human rights.
(b) God's law.
(c) Natural law.
(d) Smith's law.

5. Why did Dan give up his driver's license and stop paying taxes?
(a) He wanted to prove his love for God.
(b) He was living in the wilderness.
(c) He lost all his money.
(d) He was following the early teachings of Mormon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Missourians disliked that the Mormons came into their state with an attitude of _______.

2. According to the Latter Day Saints, why did Moroni leave them gold?

3. How was Smith finally able to read the gold plates?

4. What was the flaw Krakauer observes in Smith's story of the Lamanites?

5. Why couldn't Smith read the inscription on the gold plates?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Joseph Smith return to Illinois?

2. According to Krakauer, why is Joseph Smith still appealing to people today?

3. What is Krakauer's intention with "Under the Banner of Heaven"?

4. How is the Lafferty family described?

5. According to Krakauer, how different are modern and fundamentalist Mormons?

6. Why was Crossfield excommunicated? How much of the LDS rejected him?

7. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

8. According to Lorna Craig, how was the response to Elizabeth Smart's disappearance different from Ruby Jessop's? Why does she believe there was a different response and effort?

9. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

10. How does Krakauer build his story?

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