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 couldn't Smith read the inscription on the gold plates?

2. Why were Mormons allowed to settle in Caldwell County?

3. According to Krakauer, why is it difficult for young girls to break away from abusive marriages in fundamentalist communities?

4. What question does Krakauer claim he will answer in "Under the Banner of Heaven"?

5. Why were people drawn to Joseph Smith?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Section 132? Why was it important to Smith?

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

3. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

4. According to Krakauer, how different are modern and fundamentalist Mormons?

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

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

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

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

9. What was the relevance of the Dream Mine to the School of the Prophets?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Polygamy is the primary conflict addressed in the book. While it was once a general practice of the church, modern Mormons no longer accept it. However, to some extent, it is still practiced. Discuss how Krakauer uses polygamy as a weight in comparing the different sects of the LDS. Why does Krakauer focus on polygamy so much? Why is it a central topic in the church and in Krakauer's findings?

Essay Topic 2

Krakauer builds much of his book by using interviews and quotes, reflecting a very journalistic approach. Despite his attempted objectivity the sensitive topic of the book makes bias inevitable. Discuss how Krakauer approaches or avoids bias. Is he biased? How does Krakauer's voice aid or hinder his story?

Essay Topic 3

The Mormon Church, despite many obstacles, has managed to grow and remain in tact. Discuss why the LDS is so appealing. To whom is it so appealing? What are the main reasons for its continued existence and success?

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