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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. How did Smith convince Emma to support his polygamist marriage?
(a) He told her God would be happy.
(b) He told her she would be doomed to hell.
(c) He wrote her a poem.
(d) He gave her lots of money.

2. In "Under the Banner of Heaven," what does Krakauer believe is the biggest disagreement between fundamentalists and modern Mormons?
(a) Their rights as American citizens.
(b) The location of the Promised Land.
(c) Polygamy.
(d) The gender of God.

3. Why did fundamentalists see accepting government funds as a virtuous act?
(a) They were fueling the economy.
(b) They were doing God's will.
(c) They were helping with its destruction.
(d) They were being charitable in return.

4. Why were the Mormons permitted to settle in Illinois?
(a) The state was under Mormon leadership.
(b) They convinced the governor it was holy.
(c) The state was trying to increase its population.
(d) They were good farmers and businessmen.

5. How was sex regulated in fundamentalist Mormon communities?
(a) It could only happen if a woman was ovulating.
(b) It could only happen once a week.
(c) It could only happen on every anniversary.
(d) It could only happen when one was selected from the lottery.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Krakauer makes the observation that all religions have their share of _______.

3. Krakauer explains that early Mormons believed government law was inferior to __________.

4. Why did Matilda stay with Dan, despite her issues with his religious practices?

5. What did Smith change in his rules for the Mormon Church because of Crossfield?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the relevance of the Dream Mine to the School of the Prophets?

2. Was Smith obedient with the angel Moroni? What was the outcome?

3. Why did Rockwell shoot the Missouri Governor? What was the outcome?

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

5. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

6. How does Krakauer build his story?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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