Jim Jones

  1. Was Jim Jones a Charismatic Leader? A Transformational Leader? Why or why not? Examples? Explain.
  2. What do you think was the most persuasive aspect of Jones’s leadership style? Would you have been
    persuaded to join the People’s Temple? Why or why not?
  3. Why did Jones’s associates cover up for him and back up his lies?
  4. Jones broadcasted his sermons through loudspeakers all day and all night. Followers had no other
    interaction with the outside world. Do you think Jones did so intentionally? Why or why not? What affect do you
    think isolation had on the Temple followers?
  5. Temple members were required to participate in two mass suicide rehearsals. Do you think Jones
    participated in the rehearsals? Why or why not?
  6. Were there any signs in Jim Jones’s past to foretell of his true character and/or intentions regarding the
    People’s Temple? Examples? Illustrations?
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