Book Censorship: History & Statistics


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What is the definition of book censorship?

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1. In what occupied countries have we seen the emergence of illegal presses?

2. Throughout history, people have censored books on what grounds?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you check your understanding of book censorship. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the arguments used to validate book censorship and the regimes that implemented censorship.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of book censorship
  • Where illegal presses emerged
  • The importance of the First Amendment in the United States
  • The grounds used for censorship

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of book censorship to discuss why certain regimes practiced censorship
  • Critical thinking - apply your knowledge of political, religious, and social reasoning for censorship to examine book censorship in more detail
  • Distinguishing difference - compare and contrast the different reasoning behind book censorship
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge about book censorship to discuss different historical periods in more detail

Additional Learning

To learn more about book censorship, review the lesson Book Censorship History and Facts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know what book censorship is and differentiate among religious, social, and political reasoning for censorship
  • Understand the important role played by Pope Paul IV
  • Examine censorship under the Russian Regime, in Nazi Germany, and during the Apartheid Regime in South Africa.
  • Analyze the percentage of the world that does not have access to an independent press