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 uses direct quotes from the _____________.

2. How was Smith finally able to read the gold plates?

3. According to Krakauer, why did Smart's abduction draw so much attention and a thorough search?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Lafferty family described?

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

3. How does Krakauer build his story?

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

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

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

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

8. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

9. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

Although he is discussing the history if the Mormon Church, Krakauer discusses that the idiosyncrasies of the LDS are reflected in many other religions. What is the effect of Krakauer's comparisons to other religions? What statement is he trying to make?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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