Sample Questions

battle of the books

2016-2017 Sample Questions

The following are some examples of questions asked in written and oral battles.  Not all questions will fall into such precise categories.

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1. “Name of important character or significant nickname of a minor character” 

Name the character who owned a Fred Flintstone bank filled with two-dollar bills.

2. “In what book” questions
In what book did you meet characters who wandered around trying to memorize an endless list of really hard spelling words?

3. “Comparison with another book(s) on the list”
In THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH you met a character called the Humbug. But in what book did a character say, “You must keep my secret and tell no one I am a humbug.”

4. “Important setting or location”
Svetlana thought it was ridiculous to think that vampires slept in coffins. Where did she prefer to sleep?

5. “Short answer – significant title, event or object”
When Charlie picked up a baby raven from its nest, the raven’s parents attacked him with what weapon?

6. “Give one out of two or more possibilities”
In MASTERPIECE, two of the four cardinal virtues drawn by Albrecht Durer were Fortitude and Justice. Name one of the other two.

7. “Quotation directly from the book”
In what book did someone give the advice, “Try not to land in the broccoli.”

8. “Definition of unique terms or important words”
In CRYPTID HUNTERS, you learned that cryptozoology was the study of WHAT?

9. “Why” questions
In THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, why did Milo and Tock set out on a quest for the Mountains of Ignorance?

Helpful Hints
  • Listen carefully to the question. Is it asking for the title of the book or the name of a character?
    Did the question ask for both a first and last name?
  • There are 3 ways to answer a question about a Battle character.
    • If the question asks for the first and last name, both have to be correct.
    • If the question asks “Name the Battle character,” you need to give a name such as “Jimmy.” You may give both the first and last names, but both names need to be correct. Saying “the sandwich shop owner” rather than a name would not be correct.
    • If the question asks “What Battle character” any identifying name or title would be acceptable.
  • When giving a title, use the complete title as listed on our Battle Booklist, such as “Who was Clara Barton.” Just saying “Clara Barton” is not acceptable.
  • We will not ask for more information if your answer is incomplete. However, be careful to not give so much information that part of your answer is wrong.
  • Multiple Choice and True/False questions will be used during Written Battles. Many questions can be written in multiple ways. For example, Question #5 could be written as:

TRUE OR FALSE: When Charlie picked up a baby raven from its nest, the raven’s parents attacked him with their beaks.

MULTIPLE CHOICE: When Charlie picked up a baby raven from its nest, the raven’s parents attacked him with WHAT?
A) their beaks; B) rocks; C) pinecones; D) sticks


Answers to the Sample Questions

1. Jimmy -- Stead -- p 55, 68, 73

2. HAVE A HOT TIME HADES -- McMullan -- p ix

3. THE WIZARD OF OZ -- Baum -- p 191

4. Under her bed -- Harris -- p 15, 29

5. pinecones -- George -- p 5-6

6. Prudence or Temperance -- Broach -- p 100

7. WHEN YOU REACH ME -- Stead -- p 197

8. Animals whose existence has not yet been proven -- Smith -- p preface

9. To rescue the Princesses, Rhyme and Reason -- Juster -- p 99