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Banned Books Quiz


  1. Which book was first published privately in Italy in 1928 and not published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960? Bookshops all over the UK sold out of Penguin's first run of 200,000 copies on the first day of publication.
  2. Which book was banned in 1852 by the Confederate States during the Civil War because of its anti-slavery content?
  3. Which Vladimir Nabokov novel was banned in the UK in the 1950s for being obscene?
  4. Which book by former MI5 intelligence officer Peter Wright was banned in the UK from 1985 to 1988 for revealing secrets?

  5. Which book was banned in Kuwait in 1988 for blasphemy against Islam?
  6. Which book was the most censored book in high schools and libraries in the USA in the 1960s and 70s and was said to have influenced Mark Chapman to murder John Lennon?
  7. Which Erich Remarque book was banned in Nazi Germany for giving German military forces a bad reputation?
  8. Which novel, chronicling the life of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, was banned in the UK until 1936?
  9. Which 2003 book, often criticised for it historical and scientific inaccuracies, was banned in Lebanon for its offensiveness toward Christianity?
  10. Upon its release in 1939, which book was banned in California for giving a negative portrayal of Californian farmers?
  11. Which 1865 English novel was banned in China's Hunan province in the 1930s for portraying animals as acting on the same level as humans?
  12. Whose first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, was called "nasty, filthy and disgusting" by Barbara Cartland and banned in Australia and South Africa?
  13. Which autobiographical 1958 book by Brendan Behan was banned in Ireland? This ban ended in 1970.
  14. Which best-selling novel by an American writer was banned in Fascist Italy for depicting the Italian Army's defeat at the Battle of Caporetto?
  15. Which novel was banned in the Soviet Union until 1988 for being critical of life in Russia after the Russian Revolution? Government pressure also forced its author to reject the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958.


  1. Lady Chatterley's Lover (by D. H. Lawrence)
  2. Uncle Tom's Cabin (by Harriet Beecher Stowe)
  3. Lolita
  4. Spycatcher
  5. The Satanic Verses (by Salman Rushdie)
  6. The Catcher in the Rye (by J. D. Salinger)
  7. All Quiet on the Western Front
  8. Ulysses (by James Joyce)
  9. The Da Vinci Code (by Dan Brown)
  10. The Grapes of Wrath (by John Steinbeck)
  11. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll)
  12. Jackie Collins'
  13. Borstal Boy
  14. A Farewell to Arms (by Ernest Hemingway)
  15. Doctor Zhivago (by Boris Pasternak)