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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Krakauer makes the observation that all religions have their share of _______.



2. Why did fundamentalists see accepting government funds as a virtuous act?



3. Why, according to Krakauer, is it difficult for Mormon's to paint a flaw-free picture of Smith?



4. Why did Smith write Section 132?



5. For the murders of Brenda and Erica Lafferty, what was Dan's sentence?



Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?



2. According to some, was Dan a true believer in God? Why or why not?



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



4. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?



5. Do Brenda's sisters have any regrets in retrospect? What and why?



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



7. Why was Bringham Young chosen to be the new prophet?



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



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



10. Why was Young very popular among other Mormons?



Essay Topics

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?

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?

Krakauer discusses the long history of tensions between Mormons and the states they settled in. Discuss the causes and resolutions for these conflicts. How did the displacement of Mormons through several states affect the current make-up of their organization and attitude?

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