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Banned Books Week Trivia Challenge

Posted by: Bob S., September 28, 2012 10:44 am
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In honor of the 30th year of Banned Books Week—a time to celebrate the freedom to read and speak out against censorship—a Queens Librarian has put together this banned-book trivia challenge for you! Let us know how you score, by telling us in the comments. Note: Queens Library proudly carries all of the books included in this quiz.

1.  A PG-13 movie version of this book is currently in a limited number of theaters and getting good reviews. It will go nationwide on October 5.  It’s a popular high school, coming-of-age story by a first-time novelist.  A New York high school overturned a ban request from a parent who stated that the book deals “graphically with teenage sex, homosexuality and bestiality,” however, the book has been successfully banned in other schools across the country.

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2. This book was removed from a summer reading program in Michigan after parents complained about its “foul language.” It tells the story of an autistic child and the death of a neighborhood dog.  In 2004 it won the Boeke Prize and in 2003 it won the Whitbread Book of the Year award.

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3.  A longtime member of the banned books list, this semi-autobiographical science fiction novel has the protagonist time traveling to important events and milestones in his life, including the bombing of Dresden in WWII.  It has been called pornographic and has been cited for glorifying drinking, cursing, and premarital sex.

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4.  This autobiographical novel, with illustrations, tells the story of a young cartoonist who leaves his Indian reservation school in order to pursue his life and studies in the all-white world of the neighboring school.  This young adult favorite has been banned for “pornographic language” and depicting scenes of sex and violence.  It won the National Book Award in 2007.

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5. This series of illustrated books for grade schoolers has often been challenged and banned by those who find that it is insensitive, unsuited for its intended age audience, and that it encourages children to disobey authority.  The hero of the books is actually a hypnotized adult, Mr. Krupp, and the boys who are responsible are George and Harold.

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6. This series of books that are enjoyed by all ages and are the basis for some of the most popular films of all time have been banned for promoting witchcraft, setting bad examples for youth, and for being “too dark.” Although most of the bans have since been overturned, there are still schools and libraries where these books and films are not welcome.

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7. This beloved classic novel and movie is often on readers’ “Top 10” lists of their favorite books. It’s a story of growing up in a southern town in the 1930s and the trial of a black man accused of attacking a white girl.  It is one of the most banned books in American history for “offensive language and racism,” but it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.

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So, how did you do on our quiz? Tell us in the comments.

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I was actually wandering in the library the other day. I didn't know what to read.Even though I have read most of the books on the list, Thanks for giving me a nice list for the future. :P

i got 3,5,6 right

I got all but number 5 right. I've read all but number five. Now I will have to read Captain Underpants! Very fun. Glad we have libraries to keep all books available!

When I was young "Lady Chatterly's Lover" was banned from the entire country, not just the library. Somehow I got a copy of it and read it, but didn't think it was that shocking. Didn't get the names of most of the books because I am not too familiar with young adult literature.
I have however read 3 of the books on the list, including the one which is a series.

Librarians are on the frontlines defending our First Amendment rights; keep it up all of you!

That was a fun little quiz. I didn't get #s 1 and 5, though the description for number one has me intrigued enough to put it on my reading list. So, thanks for that hot tip. I'm avoiding putting titles here, so as not to spoil the game, but I have read almost all of the mentioned banned books, and I am thankful I live in a country that is (by and large) tolerant of free speech, expression, and writing.

Queens Public Library for life!


I was actually wandering in the library the other day. I didn't know what to read.Even though I have read most of the books on the list, Thanks for giving me a nice list for the future. :P

i got 3,5,6 right

I got all but number 5 right. I've read all but number five. Now I will have to read Captain Underpants! Very fun. Glad we have libraries to keep all books available!

When I was young "Lady Chatterly's Lover" was banned from the entire country, not just the library. Somehow I got a copy of it and read it, but didn't think it was that shocking. Didn't get the names of most of the books because I am not too familiar with young adult literature.
I have however read 3 of the books on the list, including the one which is a series.

Librarians are on the frontlines defending our First Amendment rights; keep it up all of you!

That was a fun little quiz. I didn't get #s 1 and 5, though the description for number one has me intrigued enough to put it on my reading list. So, thanks for that hot tip. I'm avoiding putting titles here, so as not to spoil the game, but I have read almost all of the mentioned banned books, and I am thankful I live in a country that is (by and large) tolerant of free speech, expression, and writing.

Queens Public Library for life!