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. How did Tom Green become the target for David Leavitt's lawsuit?

2. Krakauer explains that early Mormons believed government law was inferior to __________.

3. What is the key difference Krakauer cites between the Bible and the Book of Mormon?

4. What did Crossfield teach his students at the School of the Prophets?

5. How was Allen Lafferty related to Brenda?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

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

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

6. How does Krakauer build his story?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Each new prophet in the Mormon Church brought about changes to the elements of the church. Based on the youth of the church, each change seems radical. Discuss the significance of the rapid changing of prophets and which was the most significant to the face of the church today.

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 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.

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