Sample Battle Questions
Where do the questions used in Battle of Books come from?
Teams often want to know: What kinds of questions are asked during the Battle of the Books? How do you come up with the questions?
The librarians and experts on the Book Committee create the questions.
- In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, what is the name of Harry’s owl? Answer: Rowling; Hedwig.
- How often did Stanley promise to write home to his mother in Holes? Answer: Sachar; Once a week / weekly.
- In Hatchet, what medical situation caused the pilot's death? Answer: Paulsen; Heart attack.
- In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, what are the names of Greg's siblings? Answer: Kinney; Rodrick and Manny.
The questions asked have factual, objective answers so that the judges can clearly determine if responses are correct or incorrect. Teams will not be asked "why" questions. Teams will not be asked about the theme or themes of a book. The team captain should state the author's last name and then the answer to the question.