Banned Books Quiz

Often when people hear about Banned Books Week, which is sponsored by the American Library Association and others, they ask questions like the following: What are banned books? Isn't banning books a thing of the past? What's wrong with a school banning a book?

This quiz is designed to help answer these questions and to get you thinking about the answer to questions such as: What's wrong with a school banning a book? Who should decide what an adult or child reads? Someone else or you? Learn more with this quiz which also has some links to more information and you can find even more with a standard Internet search.

Created by: Annette Nellen of Campus Reading Program
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1. Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Right to Read, has been observed every year since 1982. Banned Books Week is observed in:
2. Each year, challenges are made to certain books when someone or some group objects to their content. However, most challenges do not lead to banning.
3. In 2006, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom received ___ challenges (a "formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness").
4. The most frequent reason someone challenges a book is:
it deals with the occult
spelling errors
sexually explicit
inappropriate for the age group
offensive language
5. Books have been challenged probably since they have been in existence. Which author had a book banned in the 1600s for writing that the Earth revolved around the Sun?
6. Banned Books Week is promoted nationally to emphasize people's:
right to go to the library
freedom to chose what they read
right to buy a book
to let people know which books have been challenged or banned so they will know not to read them
none of the above
7. Which of the following books have been banned in the U.S. in some place at some time in the past?
Harry Potter books
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Ulysses by James Joyce
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
all of the above
8. Which of the following books have been banned in some place in the U.S. at some time?
Harry Potter books by Rowling
Catcher in the Rye by Salinger
Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
1984 by Orwell
all of the above
9. Which of the following books have been banned in some place at some time?
Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
Beloved by Morrison
Gone With the Wind by Mitchell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee
all of the above
10. Which children's author has had several books on the list of most frequently challenged books of the past several years?
Marc Brown
Judy Blume
Dr. Seuss
Mary Pope Osborne
none of the above

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