Sample Questions

battle of the books

2017-2018 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 name of the Battle character who took a cod-liver-oil pill every morning to keep from getting sick.

2. “In what book” questions

In what book would you find a doorknob guarded by three dried-out fish heads?

3. “Comparison with another book(s) on the list”

In THE CITY OF EMBER, Lina and Doon are assigned their jobs on Assignment Day. In what book do the characters find out their new jobs on Choosing Day.

4. “Important setting or location”

Where did the first meeting between Dr. Felix Jigsaw and the Hyena take place?

5. “Short answer – significant title, event or object”

On Assignment Day, Lina drew the job of pipeworks laborer. What was the job she had hoped to draw?

6. “Give one out of two or more possibilities”

Give one nickname for the real Charlotte Darkey Parkhurst.

7. “Quotation directly from the book”

What zorgallyball player was considered “the greatest of flingers that ever has flung?”

8. “Definition of unique terms or important words”

In what book did you learn that it was against the law for a kid to not go to school, and that this was called truancy?

9. “Why” questions

The morning after Aunt Karen went into a coma, a sheriff came to the house to collect food samples. Why?

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
      “Cyril.” You may give both the first and last names, but both names need to be correct.
      Saying “The Slinger” 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 “True Blue
    Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp.” Just saying “True Blue Scouts” 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 #6 could be written as:
TRUE OR FALSE: One nickname for Charlotte Parkey Darkhurst was Cockeyed Charley.
MULTIPLE CHOICE: Which of the following was NOT a nickname for Charlotte Parkey
Darkhurst? A) One-Eyed Charley; B) Cockeyed Charley; C) Six-horse Charley; D)
Stagecoach Charley

Answers to the Sample Questions

1. Molly (Neuman) -- Kehret -- p 13-14

2. BUD NOT BUDDY -- Curtis -- p 22

3. THE RUINS OF GORLAN -- Flanagan -- p 5, 7

4. At the North Pole (or 90 degrees North) -- Buckley -- p 11-12

5. Messenger -- DuPrau -- p 9

6. One-eyed Charley; Cockeyed Charley; Six-horse Charley -- Ryan -- p 135

7. Cyril (DeYoung) (Cyril “The Slinger” Zipzorgle DeYoung) -- Weston --p 58, 137, 141, 207

8. HOOT -- Hiaasen -- p 58

9. To test for poison -- Kehret -- p 32-34