Banned Books Trivia Quiz Answers

During Banned Books Week

we challenged our customers to test their knowledge

about banned and challenged books.

There was a multiple choice trivia quiz and a matching game.

Whether you participated or not,

here are the questions and their correct answers!



1. Censorship is not new. In 1954, the Providence, RI post office attempted to block delivery of what book to Brown University, citing it as "subversive"?

A - Lenin's "State and Revolution"

2. Which famous American author wrote two related books about the adventures of a couple of young boys? The books were banned after their initial publication for being "too racially tolerant." Nowadays, they are accused of being "too racist."

B - Mark Twain

3. 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?

B - John Steinbeck

4. 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"?

C - Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

5. 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"?

A - "The Diary of Anne Frank"

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

C - "The Lorax"

7. 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 objeected to the use of alcohol in the illustration?

B - "Little Red Riding Hood"

8. Which famous person said "I cannot live without books"?

B - Thomas Jefferson

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

D - All of the above: Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings,"

L'engle's "A Wrinkle in Time,"

and Brown's "Da Vinci Code"



1. "American Tragedy" - C: Theodore Dreiser

2. "Chocolate War" - B: Robert Cormier

3. "Grapes of Wrath" - I: John Steinbeck

4. "Handmaid's Tale" - A: Margaret Atwood

5. "Native Son" - J: Richard Wright

6. "Pillars of the Earth" - D: Ken Follett

7. "Scarlet Letter" - E: Nathaniel Hawthorne

8. "Separate Peace" - F: John Knowles

9. "Things They Carried" - H: Tim O'Brien

10. "Wrinkle in Time" - G: Madeline L'Engle

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