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

  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:
  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:
  7. Which of the following books have been banned in the U.S. in some place at some time in the past?
  8. Which of the following books have been banned in some place in the U.S. at some time?
  9. Which of the following books have been banned in some place at some time?
  10. Which children's author has had several books on the list of most frequently challenged books of the past several years?

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