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 were people drawn to Joseph Smith?

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

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

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

5. What information did Allen Lafferty provide which aided Krakauer's description of the murders?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is the Lafferty family described?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ron was once considered the most levelheaded of his brothers, but he soon became their worst influence. Yet, the adoration of his brothers endured. Discuss what made Ron take his dark turn and what his inspirations and motives were for his actions.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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