Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What effect did the strict regulations on sex in fundamentalist communities have, according to Debbie?

2. Fundamentalists believed the government was an entity of _______.

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

4. Why did the gold plates vanish the first time they were presented to Smith?

5. Where is the Nephites' gold supposedly held?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was it possible for Debbie Palmer to be her own step-grandmother?

2. 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?

3. Why did Debbie Palmer and Flora Jessop act as they did?

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

5. Why was DeLoy no longer with the Mormon Church?

6. According to the Prologue, did the Lafferty brothers feel justified in their actions? How and why?

7. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

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

9. Why did Joseph Smith return to Illinois?

10. How is the Lafferty family described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Krakauer discusses several examples of poor treatment and the kidnapping of young girls within the Mormon communities. Krakauer and his contributors offer some explanation for compliance, resistance, and the general approach of the public and police. Discuss the pattern of abduction addressed in the book. Why are some searched for while others are not? What is the cause of the double standard for abduction?

Essay Topic 2

Krakauer discusses the Mountain Meadow Massacre to discuss a darker and more indiscernible side of the Mormon Church. Krakauer carefully describes the order of events of the massacre and circumstances, but doesn't offer a clear explanation. Using the facts provided by Krakauer, why do you think this event took place? Why did these men take these actions? Why was the Francher group the target? What did this event mean for the Church?

Essay Topic 3

Personal revelations were what founded the Mormon faith, but they also ran the risk of destroying it. Discuss why personal revelations hold so much power and why they are so relevant to the religion.

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