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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 were Colorado's efforts to get rid of polygamy stopped?
(a) The public was sympathetic to the polygamist families.
(b) The governor received a revelation from God.
(c) The Mormons were fueling the economy.
(d) They became distracted by the Civil War.

2. What was the result of Robert Crossfield's revelation?
(a) He was excommunicated.
(b) Many people left the church.
(c) He was killed.
(d) He was promoted.

3. In his revelation, what does Crossfield claim he was told by God?
(a) To follow Smith.
(b) To raise money.
(c) To reform the church.
(d) To kill his wife.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Krakauer describes Watson Lafferty as a ________.

2. Why, according to Krakauer, is it difficult for Mormon's to paint a flaw-free picture of Smith?

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

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

5. How did the Mormons respond to being attacked by Missourians in October, 1838?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Joseph Smith return to Illinois?

2. What does Krakauer see as "strange" about the road to Smith's revelation?

3. What is the purpose of Krakauer presenting the entire story upfront in the prologue? Is he giving away the whole book?

4. Why were the relations between Missourians and Mormons strained?

5. 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?

6. According to Palmer, why was Elizabeth Smart an easy target?

7. Why did Leavitt bring Green to trial?

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

9. What is Section 132? Why was it important to Smith?

10. What caused Dan Lafferty's trouble with the law? Was this compensated for in any way through religion?

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