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

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

3. When Linda was asked about her life with Green, her husband, what did she say?

4. Why did Dan give up his driver's license and stop paying taxes?

5. Dan and Ron believed Brenda and Erica's deaths were _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Leavitt bring Green to trial?

9. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

10. How does Krakauer build his story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Krakauer discusses several examples of poor treatment and the kidnapping of young girls within the Mormon communities. Krakauer and his contributors offer some explanation for compliance, resistance, and the general approach of the public and police. Discuss the pattern of abduction addressed in the book. Why are some searched for while others are not? What is the cause of the double standard for abduction?

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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