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

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

3. What information did Allen Lafferty provide which aided Krakauer's description of the murders?

4. Although Law's actions against Smith had little effect on Smith's power, what did it affect?

5. After DeLoy was excommunicated, why did the Mormon Church try to sue him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Leavitt bring Green to trial?

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

4. According to Krakauer, why is Joseph Smith still appealing to people today?

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

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

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

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

9. What caused Dan Lafferty's trouble with the law? Was this compensated for in any way through religion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Krakauer builds much of his book by using interviews and quotes, reflecting a very journalistic approach. Despite his attempted objectivity the sensitive topic of the book makes bias inevitable. Discuss how Krakauer approaches or avoids bias. Is he biased? How does Krakauer's voice aid or hinder his story?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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