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. At first, it was anticipated that _____________was to be Smith's successor.

2. While Ron and Dan discuss their plan at their mother's house, she is _____ within hearing distance.

3. Smith did NOT leave his followers with guidelines on ______________.

4. The LeBaron brothers thought themselves to be _______________.

5. How was Ron able to convince Dan to help him in his murder plan?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the prosecution in his trial, why was Ron NOT insane?

2. Did Woodruff fall in line with his predecessors' beliefs for the LDS, or did he contradict them? How?

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

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

5. Why did the Saints join the Confederacy?

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

7. How responsible was Allen for Brenda's murder?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Smith was the original founder of the LDS. Many can still relate to him today, thus continuing the popularity of the Mormon Church, according to Krakauer. Discuss Smith's road to creating the Mormon Church. Do you agree with Krakauer as to why Smith is still popular today?

Essay Topic 3

The FLDS follows the foundations of the Mormon faith while the LDS has evolved to fit the times. The development of the original church and the eventual split between two factions within the church are prominent veins in the narrative. Discuss how these two prominent divisions of the church represent different desires and natures of humans in their relationship with religion and their surroundings. Why do these two exist? What effect has this separation had on the people discussed in "Under the Banner of Heaven"?

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