Adult Battle of the Books

Adult Battle of the Books


On January 2, 2018, the 4th Annual Battle of the Books kicks off with the list of titles. Teams will be challenged to read five books and answer trivia questions about the books and how they relate to each other. The Battle is limited to 10 teams of 3-5 people each. The cost is $10 per person. Team registration begins January 2. The Battle will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 7:00 pm. 

Last Year's Adult Battle Book List

Neil Smith

Kanae Minato

Chaim Potok
The Chosen

Angela Flournoy
The Turner House

Colson Whitehead
Zone One

Rules of Play

Round #1 will consist of 30 questions with a 1 hour time limit. At the end of the round, the two teams with the highest total score will move on to the championship round.

Each team will select three chips from the chip bowl. These chips are numbered and refer to a corresponding question. The bowl contains chips representing 50 questions—10 from each book. The selected chips will be collected at the start of round one and will be asked in a random order.

Each team has 60 seconds to discuss and write an answer. Each correct answer is worth 1 point. Incorrect answers have no value. There is no partially correct response. Official judges will evaluate answers and award points based upon that evaluation. This evaluation is final. Failure to completely write an answer in the allotted time will result in forfeiture of the point.

Each question will be read two times.

Written answers must be legible.

At the conclusion of Round #1, a first and second place team will be identified. In the case of a tie, teams tied for either first or second place will compete in a written sudden death face off. In this situation, each question is worth one point. Teams will have the opportunity to correctly answer tiebreak questions. The round will continue until one team achieves a one point advantage.

The Championship Round The top two scoring teams will advance to the championship round. It will consist of 20 questions. Each team will pick 10 chips from the chip bowl. These chips will decide which questions their team will be asked. Teams will answer orally within 60 seconds. Each correct answer is worth 5 points. There is no partial credit for partially correct answers. If a team fails to supply a correct answer, the other team will have an opportunity to steal the question. They will have 60 seconds to provide an answer. A stolen question answered correctly is worth 3 points.

At the conclusion of this 20 question championship round, a first and second place team will be named. First and second place will be determined by each team’s number of points. In the case of a tie, a sudden death tie break will again be played. The rules for a sudden death tie break are the same as in the previous round.