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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Lavina Stubbs loose all her money?

3. What was Woodruff's stance on polygamy?

4. Why did Brenda's family blame Allen for her murder?

5. What was Ron's attitude at his first trial?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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