Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Test | Final 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 wasn't Dame's burial of the Francher group successful?

2. What changed in Dan during his road trip with Ron?

3. The Mormons decided to select a new leader based on the candidate's ______________.

4. What did John Taylor support?

5. What did the Mormon people need in their struggle that Young offered them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Dan the more active participant in the murders rather than Ron?

2. What was the pivotal plight of the Lafferty brothers that caused the murders?

3. Why were people hesitant about allowing Ron to plead insanity? What potential problems could arise?

4. Why was Ron Lafferty hostile to the judge at his trial?

5. How did Brenda realize the truth of the family she married into?

6. Why did the Laffertys decided to abandon the rest of their revelation?

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

8. How did the Lafferty brothers get the idea to murder Brenda?

9. What was Dan's conviction in carrying out the murders?

10. Why was Ron Lafferty's first conviction thrown out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Surrounding Ron's trial, the biggest dilemma was Ron's insanity plea. The courts were concerned about how Ron's verdict would affect the future of cases like his own. Luckily for the justice system, Ron refused a guilty plea. Discuss the gravity of an insanity plea for Ron's case. Why would it be negative for the justice system? Why was Ron resistant to it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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