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. How did Tom Green become the target for David Leavitt's lawsuit?

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

3. Where did Dan first become introduced to the idea of polygamy?

4. Why did Flora Jessop flee her home?

5. How did the modern Mormon Church receive Ron and Dan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the LDS most appealing to Americans?

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

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

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

5. According to Palmer, why was Elizabeth Smart an easy target?

6. Was Smith a polygamist? According to whom?

7. How is the Lafferty family described?

8. Why did Leavitt bring Green to trial?

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

10. Was Smith obedient with the angel Moroni? What was the outcome?

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

As a group, the youth of the LDS has had both a positive and a negative role in Mormonism. Discuss this dual role for the LDS youth. Why is the youth group popular with some, yet criticized by others?

Essay Topic 3

Personal revelations were what founded the Mormon faith, but they also ran the risk of destroying it. Discuss why personal revelations hold so much power and why they are so relevant to the religion.

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