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. After Smith destroyed Law's printing press, people feared Smith would become a _______ leader.

2. What is the key difference Krakauer cites between the Bible and the Book of Mormon?

3. How did Smith convince Emma to support his polygamist marriage?

4. How did Tom Green become the target for David Leavitt's lawsuit?

5. According to Krakauer, what makes people today able to identify with Smith?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Leavitt bring Green to trial?

3. How does Krakauer build his story?

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

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

6. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

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

8. How is the Lafferty family described?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relevance of the title "Under the Banner of Heaven."

Essay Topic 2

The FLDS follows the foundations of the Mormon faith while the LDS has evolved to fit the times. The development of the original church and the eventual split between two factions within the church are prominent veins in the narrative. Discuss how these two prominent divisions of the church represent different desires and natures of humans in their relationship with religion and their surroundings. Why do these two exist? What effect has this separation had on the people discussed in "Under the Banner of Heaven"?

Essay Topic 3

Krakauer gives Mormon women a strong voice in his book. Providing the reader with angles ranging from Flora Jessop, who fled her polygamist home, to Emmylou, who dreams of being a plural wife. Discuss the point of view of Mormon women offered in the book and what dimensions of the church and humanity they display.

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