QUIZZO: February 2021

Fahrenheit 2/21 — test your knowledge of taboo texts 

It’s National Library Lover’s Month! Celebrate with this ten-pack of trivia about Banned Books. For answers, click over to page 23 of the Local’s February Edition — or pick up printed copy for free at various locations in East Falls, Germantown and Allegheny West.

How well did you pay attention in English class? Ten questions, GO:

  1. Getting inspiration for the title from a Robert Burns poem, which Steinbeck novel tells the story of migrant workers George and Lennie?
  2. Arguably one of the best young adult novels of all time, which 1974 Robert Cormier book is about a secret student which descends into mob mentality against lone, non-conforming student Jerry Renault?
  3. Despite remaining on the NYT paperback bestseller list for over two years, which writer and poet’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is often banned in some schools and libraries?
  4. Revolving around advice about killing, stealing, and cheating, which 2003 book is about a young boy, his father, and his best friend, set against the backdrop of the rise of the Taliban?
  5. Named one of the Greatest American Novels, which Mark Twain book is about a Missouri boy who runs away with his slave friend Jim in an escape from civilized life?
  6. Featuring such enemies as the Talking Toilets, the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space, and Professor Poopypants, which children’s series revolves around a high school principal with a superhero alter ego whose catchphrase is “Tra La La!”?
  7. In a post about the book by someone who has never read it, one BuzzFeed writer said which book series was about “A boy with a magic scar on his head continually sav[ing] his kind without complaining or taking a nap”?
  8. Leading to its criticism as an ‘assassination trigger,’ which JD Salinger book is associated with, among others, John Lennon’s killer?
  9. Harper Lee’s second and final book, called Go Set a Watchman, was released in 2015, 55 years after her first one.  What was the first book?
  10. A soothing, happiness-inducing drug, Soma is a reoccurring substance in which Huxley book set in a dystopian future?

Remember, you’ll find the answers in this month’s edition of The Local newspaper (inside back cover). Thank you for supporting independent community news!

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About Sean Maguire 17 Articles
Stand-up comedian, aspiring flannel model, and man about town Sean Maguire works his quizzo magic at Murphy's Irish Saloon, Wissahickon Brewing, and other local venues. When he is not embarrassing himself onstage or in front of a microphone, Sean can be found debating which flannel shirt to wear for the day or agonizing over why the Phillies stink so much.

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