Banned Books Week Challenge

The Waupaca Area Public Library proudly celebrates the freedom to read and speak out against censorship. Join us in this celebration by taking our banned-book trivia challenge!  We proudly carry all of the books included in this quiz at one of our 52 OWLS member libraries, many of them are owned right here in Waupaca. 

1. This author won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Novel Prize for Literature for his works. However, his Pulitzer prize-winning book was banned for blasphemy and vulgarity: "The book uses the name of God and Jesus in a vain and profane manner along with inappropriate sexual references." Who is this author?

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2. This beloved classic novel is 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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3. This book has been banned for a number of reasons but mostly because of its focus on magic. According to one website, which book has "the dubious distinction of being the most challenged book of 1999"?

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4.  This book (and PG-13 movie) is a popular high school, coming-of-age story by a first-time novelist. According to one complaint, it deals “graphically with teenage sex, homosexuality and bestiality.”This book has been successfully banned in other schools across the country.

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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. Which book is a record of events spanning the years 1942 to 1944 during the Second World War and was banned for being "too depressing"?

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7. Which of the following Doctor Seuss books was banned because it offended forestry workers?

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8. It's not only words that some people object to. Books have been banned because of their illustrations. Which classic was banned because school districts objected to the use of alcohol in the illustration?

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9. 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 the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2013.

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10. This book was banned for being anti-religious.

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11.  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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12.  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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13. This literary classic isn’t just one of the most beloved 20th-century novels; it’s also one of the most challenged books across the United States for “excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence and anything dealing with the occult.” 

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14. Which graphic novel was the second most challenged book in 2014, because of complaints that it includes gambling, offensive language, and a political viewpoint?

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15. Which kids' book has topped the list on four occasions for portraying homosexuality, for its "religious viewpoint" and being "unsuited to its age group"?

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For more information on Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom, visit the links below: 

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom

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