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Banned Books Week Special

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Banned Books Week Special game quiz
"September 25 to October 2, 2004, is Banned Books Week. The slogan is "read a banned book today". The information for this quiz comes from a variety of websites but mainly "The Forbidden Library" and "The On-Line Books Page"."

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  

1. Censorship is not new. As long as books have existed, books have been banned. The Roman emperor Caligula tried to suppress a book in AD 35 because it "expressed Greek ideals of freedom", which was clearly not acceptable when Rome occupied Greece. To which book did Caligula object?
    Euripides' "The Trojan Women"
    Ovid's "Metamorphoses"
    Homer's "The Odyssey"
    Sophocles' "Oedipus Tyrannus"

2. This famous American author wrote two related books about the adventures of a couple of young boys. Despite being considered classics, both books have been banned in some schools. Ironically, they were banned after their initial publication for being "too racially tolerant". Nowadays, they are accused of being "too racist". Who is this author?
    John Steinbeck
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Mark Twain
    Ernest Hemingway

3. This author won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel 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?
    Mark Twain
    Truman Capote
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    John Steinbeck

4. This book has been banned for a number of reasons but mostly because of its focus on magic. Yet it is exceedingly popular and was an instant best seller upon its release in 1997. According to one website, which book has "the dubious distinction of being the most challenged book of 1999"?
    "A Wrinkle in Time" (Madeline L'Engle)
    "So You Want to be a Wizard?" (Diane Duane)
    "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (J. K. Rowling)
    "The Devil's Children" (Peter Dickinson)

5. This book is a record of events spanning the years 1942 to 1944 during the Second World War. It was banned for being too depressing. Which book was allegedly "a real downer"?
    "Schindler's List" (Thomas Keneally)
    "Memoirs of the Second World War" (Winston Churchill)
    "Mein Kampf " (Adolf Hitler)
    "The Diary of Anne Frank"

6. John Howard Griffin was a white man who, with the help of a doctor, chemically darkened his skin in order to experience what it is like to be a black person living in the southern states of America in 1959. Needless to say, the book which detailed his experiences has been subject to bans. What was its title?
    Second Class Citizen
    The Promised Land
    Black Like Me

7. Shakespeare's works have also been controversial. Which of the following statements is true?
    All of these statements are true.
    "Twelfth Night" was banned on the grounds that it encouraged homosexuality.
    "The Merchant of Venice" was the only Shakespearean play that Hitler banned.
    "Macbeth" was banned because it dealt with witchcraft and black magic.

8. Would you believe even Doctor Seuss books have been banned? Which of the following books was banned because it offended forestry workers?
    Thidwick, the Bighearted Moose
    The Cat in the Hat
    The Lorax
    Fox in Sox

9. It's not only words that some people object to. Books have been banned because of their illustrations. Which of the following popular children's books was banned because of an allegedly obscene illustration?
    The Wizard of Oz
    Alice in Wonderland
    Where's Waldo/Wally?

10. Which author/poet said "Every burned book enlightens the world"?
    Stephen King
    Oscar Wilde
    Granville Hicks
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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