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. What did Warren do with Rulon's ferry service?

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

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

4. What made Allen different than his brothers?

5. Why did Young choose to settle near the Great Salt Lake?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the events of July 24th unfold as they did?

2. Was there any effort made by Mormons to cover up any Mormon involvement in the Mountain Meadow Massacre?

3. Why were Smith and Hyrum's killers not brought to justice?

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

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

6. Why did the Saints join the Confederacy?

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

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

9. How were the LeBaron children and Lafferty children similar?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Krakauer discusses the long history of tensions between Mormons and the states they settled in. Discuss the causes and resolutions for these conflicts. How did the displacement of Mormons through several states affect the current make-up of their organization and attitude?

Essay Topic 3

Krakauer gives Mormon women a strong voice in his book. Providing the reader with angles ranging from Flora Jessop, who fled her polygamist home, to Emmylou, who dreams of being a plural wife. Discuss the point of view of Mormon women offered in the book and what dimensions of the church and humanity they display.

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