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

2. According to Krakauer, why is it difficult for young girls to break away from abusive marriages in fundamentalist communities?

3. Krakauer describes Watson Lafferty as a ________.

4. Krakauer explains that many Christians converted to Mormonism because of __________________.

5. Why did the gold plates vanish the first time they were presented to Smith?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

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

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

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

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

8. Why was DeLoy no longer with the Mormon Church?

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

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

Ron was once considered the most levelheaded of his brothers, but he soon became their worst influence. Yet, the adoration of his brothers endured. Discuss what made Ron take his dark turn and what his inspirations and motives were for his actions.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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"?

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