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 did the judge throw out Ron's first conviction?

2. Why did Onias value the Lafferty brothers?

3. What made Allen different than his brothers?

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

5. How did Lavina Stubbs loose all her money?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do Brenda's sisters have any regrets in retrospect? What and why?

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

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

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

5. What caused the split in the LDS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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