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. According to Debbie Palmer, what made Elizabeth Smart an easy target for abduction?

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

3. Why couldn't Smith read the inscription on the gold plates?

4. What did Crossfield teach his students at the School of the Prophets?

5. When Linda was asked about her life with Green, her husband, what did she say?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

2. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

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

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

5. Does Krakauer believe taking funds from the government is hypocritical of fundamentalist Mormons? What is their justification?

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

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

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

9. How is the Lafferty family described?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Surrounding Ron's trial, the biggest dilemma was Ron's insanity plea. The courts were concerned about how Ron's verdict would affect the future of cases like his own. Luckily for the justice system, Ron refused a guilty plea. Discuss the gravity of an insanity plea for Ron's case. Why would it be negative for the justice system? Why was Ron resistant to it?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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