Banned Book Quiz

Go ahead and guess.  It’s fun!

1. Most challenged book between 2000-2005?  The Harry Potter series, from the muggle Kathy

2. Why was Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll banned in China in 1931? The portrayal of animals on the same level as humans – thanks to the adventurous Don

3. Why was the American Heritage Dictionary banned in a Missouri library in 1987In 1978, an Eldon, Missouri library banned the dictionary because it contained 39 “objectionable” words. And, in 1987, the Anchorage School Board banned the dictionary for similar reasons, i.e., having slang definitions for words such as “bed,” “knocker,” and “balls.”  – Cindy

4. What were the top 5 reasons given for a challenge between 1990-2000? (Hint-#6 is homosexual theme or promoting homosexuality)

 1. Sexually Explicit – Cindy

 2. Offensive Language – Cindy

 3.Unsuited to Age Group – Cindy

 4. Occult theme or promoting occult or Satanism

 5. Violent – Cindy

5. What Aldous Huxley novel was banned because it “centered around negative activity”?  Brave New World, from the positively centered Elena

6. What book was banned in 2 California schools in 1989 because parents were concerned of the use of alcohol in the book? Little Red Riding Hood (an illustrated version) – for a display of alcohol (taking wine to grandma)  – a toast to Don

7. Why was Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck banned? Vulgar language

8. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner was banned in Kentucky for being antiChristian? bless you Kathy

9. Why was Anne Frank:The Diary of a Young Girl challenged?  It’s a “real downer” (1983, Alabama), a perky thanks to Cindy

10. What group of people is the largest initiator of banning attempts? Parents, of course!, the answer initiator Cindy

10 thoughts on “Banned Book Quiz

  1. bermudaonion says:

    I have a couple guesses: #1 – one of the Harry Potter books; #4 – something to do with religion – my guess would be “anti-Christian”. I love your quizzes – I can’t wait to see all of the answers.

  2. cindy says:

    Hi Stacy,

    my guesses:
    2 implied drug use

    9 depressing subject matter

    10 parents, of course!

    #2 is much more silly than that, but a good guess. Thanks for coming by and playing 🙂

  3. Elena says:

    Are you serious? “Anne Frank” was banned because it is too depressing? That is so weak. Okay, maybe kindergarteners don’t need to have it read to them quite yet, but honestly…

  4. cindy says:

    okay, here are more guesses…

    3 must be slang words that were included that year, can’t guess which ones though

    4 sexuality, violence, inappropriate language, alcohol/drug use, inappropriate subject matter

    no more ideas on Alice

  5. bermudaonion says:

    Oh my gosh! I lived in Alabama in 1983 and I don’t remember that. Of course, I was young and we didn’t have kids, so I probably didn’t pay attention to current events. Okay, for #6, I’m going to guess Catcher in the Rye.

    I’m sorry, Kathy, that guess is entirely too reasonable. Think younger (although if anyone even guesses it I will be shocked).

  6. donstuff says:

    #6 – Shocking as it is…Little Red Riding Hood (an illustrated version) – for a display of alcohol (taking wine to grandma).

    Very nice! I’m toasting you right now with a glass of pinot grigio 🙂

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