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 did Crossfield teach his students at the School of the Prophets?

2. Why was Law unable to press charges against Smith?

3. What does Krakuer explain is his larger objective in the story of the Laffertys?

4. Why did the gold plates vanish the first time they were presented to Smith?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

4. Why was Joseph Smith charged with fraud? How did his treasure business compare with his religious revelation?

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

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

7. According to Lorna Craig, how was the response to Elizabeth Smart's disappearance different from Ruby Jessop's? Why does she believe there was a different response and effort?

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

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

10. What does Krakauer see as "strange" about the road to Smith's revelation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Lafferty family's actions are what developed the inspiration for Krakauer's exploration into the Mormon Church. They represent fanaticism and fundamentalism in more concrete terms for the reader. Discuss how the effect of the Lafferty family fleshes out the church's history which Krakauer provides. Who are the Laffertys? What are they supposed to represent?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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