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. Krakauer says he will try to explain the ______ of the Lafferty brothers' murders.

2. After loosing 116 pages of the transcribed text from the gold plates, what was the only way Smith said he could view them again?

3. Why were Mormons allowed to settle in Caldwell County?

4. Joseph Smith was the son of a ______.

5. How was sex regulated in fundamentalist Mormon communities?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was Ron Lafferty hostile to the judge at his trial?

3. 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?

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

5. What caused the end of Smith and Law's friendship?

6. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

7. Was Colonel Dame involved in the Mountain Meadow Massacre? How so?

8. What caused the split in the LDS?

9. Why did Joseph Smith return to Illinois?

10. What aided in the apprehension of Dan and Ron Lafferty?

Essay 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

The Mormon Church, despite many obstacles, has managed to grow and remain in tact. Discuss why the LDS is so appealing. To whom is it so appealing? What are the main reasons for its continued existence and success?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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