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 was the final straw in Law and Smith's friendship?

2. After the Edmunds Tucker Act of 1887, what did fundamentalist believe a new prophet would bring?

3. What was the result of Robert Crossfield's revelation?

4. What idea of Mormon families was the biggest problem to Debbie Palmer?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Krakauer build his story?

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

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

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

6. According to Krakauer, how different are modern and fundamentalist Mormons?

7. Why were the relations between Missourians and Mormons strained?

8. Why was Joseph Smith charged with fraud? How did his treasure business compare with his religious revelation?

9. Why did Joseph Smith return to Illinois?

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

Krakauer discusses the long history of tensions between Mormons and the states they settled in. Discuss the causes and resolutions for these conflicts. How did the displacement of Mormons through several states affect the current make-up of their organization and attitude?

Essay Topic 2

Krakauer's account of Dan shows him swinging from reluctantly participating in the murders to becoming the main perpetrator. Dan also would shift from being his brother's biggest victim to his strongest opponent. Discuss the duality of Dan Lafferty. What were his motives for his actions? Where were Dan's loyalties?

Essay Topic 3

Each new prophet in the Mormon Church brought about changes to the elements of the church. Based on the youth of the church, each change seems radical. Discuss the significance of the rapid changing of prophets and which was the most significant to the face of the church today.

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