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 was Woodruff's stance on polygamy?

2. What was Warren's tool for leadership?

3. What were people afraid of after Rulon's death?

4. Krakauer observes that the justice system and the Mormon Church had ______ in common.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why was Dan the more active participant in the murders rather than Ron?

6. Why were people hesitant about allowing Ron to plead insanity? What potential problems could arise?

7. What caused the split in the LDS?

8. Why was Warren Jeffs unpopular? What were people's predictions of the outcome of his leadership?

9. Why did the Saints join the Confederacy?

10. Why was Young very popular among other Mormons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Krakauer discusses the Mountain Meadow Massacre to discuss a darker and more indiscernible side of the Mormon Church. Krakauer carefully describes the order of events of the massacre and circumstances, but doesn't offer a clear explanation. Using the facts provided by Krakauer, why do you think this event took place? Why did these men take these actions? Why was the Francher group the target? What did this event mean for the Church?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Although he is discussing the history if the Mormon Church, Krakauer discusses that the idiosyncrasies of the LDS are reflected in many other religions. What is the effect of Krakauer's comparisons to other religions? What statement is he trying to make?

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