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. Why was Young, as a person, appealing to Mormons?

2. When did Brenda realize that the Laffertys were religious fanatics?

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

4. Brigham Young was picked partially because of his beliefs on ______.

5. What was the result of Ron's meeting with his brothers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What caused the split in the LDS?

5. What aided in the apprehension of Dan and Ron Lafferty?

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

7. Why is Salt Lake City the center for Mormons today?

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

9. Was Colonel Dame involved in the Mountain Meadow Massacre? How so?

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

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 2

DeLoy Bateman, a former member of the LDS became an atheist after his excommunication. At the end of Krakauer's book, DeLoy discusses his views on the Mormon Church. Discuss and compare DeLoy and Krakauer's views on religion and how it DeLoy adopted and changed his position with God through his life. What does Bateman display about men and the Mormon faith and men and other religions?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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