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. What was the final straw in Law and Smith's friendship?

2. Why were people drawn to Joseph Smith?

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

4. Which text was responsible for many of the Laffertys' marriages falling apart?

5. Smith was given instructions by Moroni, God, and ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Rockwell shoot the Missouri Governor? What was the outcome?

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

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

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

7. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

8. Why did Leavitt bring Green to trial?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Krakauer discusses the Mountain Meadow Massacre to discuss a darker and more indiscernible side of the Mormon Church. Krakauer carefully describes the order of events of the massacre and circumstances, but doesn't offer a clear explanation. Using the facts provided by Krakauer, why do you think this event took place? Why did these men take these actions? Why was the Francher group the target? What did this event mean for the Church?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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