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 did Smith plead guilty to treason?

2. For the murders of Brenda and Erica Lafferty, what was Dan's sentence?

3. Joseph Smith was the son of a ______.

4. Debbie Palmer was her own step-grandmother because polygamist men have the right to marry their ______.

5. What did Emma threaten Smith with to get him to stop marrying more women?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Does Krakauer believe taking funds from the government is hypocritical of fundamentalist Mormons? What is their justification?

6. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Krakauer gives Mormon women a strong voice in his book. Providing the reader with angles ranging from Flora Jessop, who fled her polygamist home, to Emmylou, who dreams of being a plural wife. Discuss the point of view of Mormon women offered in the book and what dimensions of the church and humanity they display.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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