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. The men at the School of the Prophets believed they were destined to do what?

2. What was the most emotionally difficult aspect of the trial for Brenda's family?

3. Why was Dan's testimony crucial to Ron's trial?

4. What dilemma were Mormons faced with after the death of Smith?

5. Why did the Illinois governor order a cease-fire?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Were the Native Americans to blame for the Mountain Meadow Massacre?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why was Young very popular among other Mormons?

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

10. What was Lee's prophecy? Would any good have come from it being fulfilled?

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

The Mormon Church, despite many obstacles, has managed to grow and remain in tact. Discuss why the LDS is so appealing. To whom is it so appealing? What are the main reasons for its continued existence and success?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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