Adult Battle of the Books
Adult Battle of the Books returns for a third fun and competitive year!
This year's competition is again limited to 10 teams so sign up early!
Cost is $10.00 per person. Team size is 3–5 players.
2017 Registration Form
Tuesday, January 3, 9:30 am - Registration opens. Completed forms and registration fees can be turned in at the Circulation Desk.
Monday, April 3, 5:00 pm - Registration deadline
Saturday, April 22, 7:00 pm - The Battle
Adult Battle List
- Boo by Neil Smith
- Confessions by Kanae Minato
- The Chosen by Chaim Potok
- The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
- Zone One by Colson Whitehead
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.