Sample Questions


battle of the books   2015-2016 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”
Give the first and last name of the character who had a list of the Fifty-Nine Greatest Books of All Time.

2. “In what book” questions
In what book did a character call a stone bench supported by two crouching lions, “My special seat, my throne.”

3. “Comparison with another book(s) on the list”
In PROJECT MULBERRY, Julia’s mother taught her how to embroider. In what book did a character’s grandmother teach her how to crochet?

4. “Important setting or location”
In PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS, the Regans spent their summers at the house in Branches. What city was their winter home in?

5. “Short answer – significant title, event or object”
The night Diana borrowed LASSIE COME HOME from Lissa, Georgie took something too. What was it?

6. “Give one out of two or more possibilities”
After the questers returned from Regalia from their rescue journey, Ares was put on trial for two things. One was treason. What was the other?

7. “Quotation directly from the book”
Fill in the blank in this saying from ESPERANZA RISING: “Wait a little while and the _____ will fall into your hand.”

8. “Definition of unique terms or important words”
In PROJECT MULBERRY, you learned that “sericulture” is the scientific word for what type of farming?

9. “Why” questions
Patrick was excited about the silkworm project right from the beginning, but why didn’t Julia want to do it?

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 “Rick” or “Sergeant Elliot.” You may give both the first and last names, but both names need to be correct. Saying “Steve’s mom’s boyfriend” 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 “The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya.” Just saying “Zeno and Alya” 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 #8 could be written as:

TRUE OR FALSE: In Sericulture is the scientific word for worm farming.

MULTIPLE CHOICE: Sericulture is the scientific word for what type of farming:
A) Mulberry; B) Silk; C) Worm




Answers to the Sample Questions

1. Steve Brixton  -- Barnett --  p 2

2. OLD WILLIS PLACE --  Hahn --  p 41

3. ESPERANZA RISING --  Ryan --  p 12-13

4. Hancock --  Giff  -- p 75, 163

5. Lissa’s teddy bear -- Hahn --  p 31

6. Breaking his bond with Henry --  Collins --  p 290-291

7. fruit --  Ryan --  p 2

8. silk --  Park --  p 207, 213

9. It was too Korean --  Park --  p 29