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In Chapter 11, Lassiter says Jane is true to her church but false to her womanhood. What does he mean by this, and which of Jane's actions inspire him to believe this about her?

Imagine you are one of the ancient cliff-dwellers. Based on the information provided in the story, describe a typical day in your life.

Discuss the economic benefits which having more than one wife afforded the men on Utah's frontier; list and explain at least three benefits.

Discuss the disadvantages to a Mormon woman of having to share her husband with multiple wives. Research and discuss which modern law this practice violates. For what reason(s) might such a law have been passed?

At the end of the story, Lassiter and Jane are trapped "forever" in Surprise Valley. Cite at least one example in which the author foreshadows their ultimate release from the...

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