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. After Brenda's death, what does her sister regret?

2. What did the crimes of the LeBarons and Laffertys have in common?

3. What changed in Dan during his road trip with Ron?

4. Why didn't the Laffertys kill Chloe Low?

5. Knapp and Carnes explain that they felt _____ after the murder.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What was Dan's conviction in carrying out the murders?

7. How did Taylor's leadership of the LDS contradict his predecessors?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Robert Crossfield, otherwise known as the Prophet Onias, had a significant impact on the LDS and the Lafferty family because of his belief in personal revelations. What flaws in humans and the LDS did Crossfield's actions bring out? What influence did his ideals have on Mormonism?

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

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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