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

2. Why did fundamentalists see accepting government funds as a virtuous act?

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

4. Why did Smith write Section 132?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

2. According to some, was Dan a true believer in God? Why or why not?

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

4. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

5. Do Brenda's sisters have any regrets in retrospect? What and why?

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

7. Why was Bringham Young chosen to be the new prophet?

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

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

10. Why was Young very popular among other Mormons?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

As a group, the youth of the LDS has had both a positive and a negative role in Mormonism. Discuss this dual role for the LDS youth. Why is the youth group popular with some, yet criticized by others?

Essay Topic 2

DeLoy Bateman, a former member of the LDS became an atheist after his excommunication. At the end of Krakauer's book, DeLoy discusses his views on the Mormon Church. Discuss and compare DeLoy and Krakauer's views on religion and how it DeLoy adopted and changed his position with God through his life. What does Bateman display about men and the Mormon faith and men and other religions?

Essay Topic 3

The Lafferty family's actions are what developed the inspiration for Krakauer's exploration into the Mormon Church. They represent fanaticism and fundamentalism in more concrete terms for the reader. Discuss how the effect of the Lafferty family fleshes out the church's history which Krakauer provides. Who are the Laffertys? What are they supposed to represent?

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