Why was To Kill a Mockingbird Banned? - History & Reasons


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When was To Kill a Mockingbird first challenged?

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1. In the 1960s, parents were mainly concerned with _____ in To Kill a Mockingbird.

2. In the 1970s, the main concern with To Kill a Mockingbird was:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Due to its controversial subject matter, To Kill a Mockingbird has been constantly challenged by concerned parents and teachers who wish to ban the book. This quiz tests your understanding of the book's history and the many attempts to censor it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will measure your comprehension of:

  • Recent attempts to ban the book
  • Reasons why the book is seen as controversial
  • The initial instance of the book being challenged

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the various reasons given for challenging To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of book banning
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about efforts to censor the novel

Additional Learning

For a more detailed examination of public backlash against this famous novel, study the accompanying lesson titled Why was To Kill a Mockingbird Banned? - History & Reasons. Objectives in the lesson include:

  • Review the novel's plot and historical context
  • Explore the novel's major themes and ideas
  • Analyze the incident in Hanover, VA