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. At the beginning of Part 3, Chapter 20, Krakauer revisits the story of _________.

2. What dilemma were Mormons faced with after the death of Smith?

3. Why was the Francher group targeted by the Mormons?

4. Why did Brenda's family blame Allen for her murder?

5. After changing his beliefs, Woodruff told his followers polygamy was a ______ principle.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What was the pivotal plight of the Lafferty brothers that caused the murders?

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

9. Why did the Saints join the Confederacy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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