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Banned Books Quiz


1. Book banning is nothing new. In fact, it has been around for centuries. What is considered the first book banned in the United States?

2. In 1983, members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee called for the rejection of what book because it was "too depressing for young readers"?

3. Why was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle banned in the Soviet Union in 1929?

4. Sir Walter Raleigh’s book The History of the World was banned by which ruling monarch in England for “being too saucy in censuring princes.”

5. In deference to the insanity of the reigning monarch, King George III, which Shakespeare play was banned from the stage in England from 1788 to 1820?

6. Why were Mickey Mouse comics banned in 1954 in East Berlin?

7. During its examination of school learning materials in 1980, the London County Council in England banned the use of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny from all London schools. Why were these classic children stories banned?

8. What book do many historians point to as the first book in the United States to experience a ban on a national scale?

Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

9. What year was Banned Books Week established?

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