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

2. How did non-Mormons feel about the beliefs printed in the Book of Mormon?

3. Whose will did Dan and Ron believe they were carrying out?

4. What effect did the strict regulations on sex in fundamentalist communities have, according to Debbie?

5. Missourians disliked that the Mormons came into their state with an attitude of _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of Krakauer presenting the entire story upfront in the prologue? Is he giving away the whole book?

4. Why was Warren Jeffs unpopular? What were people's predictions of the outcome of his leadership?

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

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

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

8. Why was Ron Lafferty hostile to the judge at his trial?

9. Why were people hesitant about allowing Ron to plead insanity? What potential problems could arise?

10. Why did the Saints join the Confederacy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Surrounding Ron's trial, the biggest dilemma was Ron's insanity plea. The courts were concerned about how Ron's verdict would affect the future of cases like his own. Luckily for the justice system, Ron refused a guilty plea. Discuss the gravity of an insanity plea for Ron's case. Why would it be negative for the justice system? Why was Ron resistant to it?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relevance of the title "Under the Banner of Heaven."

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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