Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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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. Why was the Bateman family on Mount Dellenbaugh?

2. After attempting to knock Brenda unconscious, what does Ron want to do?

3. How did Lavina Stubbs loose all her money?

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

5. Why did Dianna ask Ron to try to convince his brothers to abandon their new beliefs?

Essay 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

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 3

Personal revelations were what founded the Mormon faith, but they also ran the risk of destroying it. Discuss why personal revelations hold so much power and why they are so relevant to the religion.

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