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

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

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

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

5. How did Dan remember his childhood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

3. Was Smith obedient with the angel Moroni? What was the outcome?

4. According to the Prologue, did the Lafferty brothers feel justified in their actions? How and why?

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

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

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

8. Why did Joseph Smith return to Illinois?

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

10. According to Palmer, why was Elizabeth Smart an easy target?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Robert Crossfield, otherwise known as the Prophet Onias, had a significant impact on the LDS and the Lafferty family because of his belief in personal revelations. What flaws in humans and the LDS did Crossfield's actions bring out? What influence did his ideals have on Mormonism?

Essay Topic 2

Smith was the original founder of the LDS. Many can still relate to him today, thus continuing the popularity of the Mormon Church, according to Krakauer. Discuss Smith's road to creating the Mormon Church. Do you agree with Krakauer as to why Smith is still popular today?

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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