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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. Debbie Palmer was her own step-grandmother because polygamist men have the right to marry their ______.
(a) Step-daughters.
(b) Cousins.
(c) Neighbors.
(d) Nieces.

2. After Smith destroyed Law's printing press, people feared Smith would become a _______ leader.
(a) Political.
(b) Lazy.
(c) Tyrannical.
(d) Great.

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

4. What effect did the strict regulations on sex in fundamentalist communities have, according to Debbie?
(a) People were afraid of their husbands.
(b) Sexual assault was rare and severely punished.
(c) People were much more at ease.
(d) Sexual assault was common amongst teens.

5. According to Krakauer, why is there no proof of Smith's revelation?
(a) He had to return the gold plates.
(b) He lost the translation.
(c) He lost the gold plates.
(d) He claims the proof is invisible.

Short Answer Questions

1. For the murders of Brenda and Erica Lafferty, what was Dan's sentence?

2. When did Dan Lafferty's life begin to fall apart?

3. Which text was responsible for many of the Laffertys' marriages falling apart?

4. After DeLoy was excommunicated, why did the Mormon Church try to sue him?

5. Why did Smith write Section 132?

Short Essay Questions

1. How responsible was Allen for Brenda's murder?

2. Were the Native Americans to blame for the Mountain Meadow Massacre?

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

4. According to the prosecution in his trial, why was Ron NOT insane?

5. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

6. What was Dan's conviction in carrying out the murders?

7. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

8. What were the potential problems with the LDS recognizing personal revelations? Was it possible to correct these problems?

9. How did Taylor's leadership of the LDS contradict his predecessors?

10. According to Krakauer, do modern Mormons believe the old ways will come back? What do they believe and why?

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