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Questions in the Competition

What kinds of questions are asked?  

For every battle EXCEPT the Readers Celebration Round, the first 9 questions will be in the format: “In which Battle of the Books book…?” The answer is the title and the author of the book. 

A few examples (abbreviating Battle of the Books with B.O.B.):

Question: In which B.O.B. book did a wolf claim to have sneezed?
Correct Answer: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf  by Scieska and Smith

Question: In which B.O.B. book did a guy grow tomatoes to impress a girl?
Correct Answer: Seedfolks by Fleischman

Question: In which B.O.B. book does a boy feel ordinary inside?
Correct Answer: Wonder by Palacio

The last question of every battle will be a free response question. All questions in the Readers Celebration Round will be free response as well.

A few examples:

Free Response Question: In the book Running Out of Time by Haddix, from what disease were the people in Jessie’s town dying?
Answer: Dyptheria.

Free Response Question: In the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, what object ended up killing James' two aunts?
Answer: The peach.


Who writes the questions?

A group of volunteers, who also serve as judges for the competition (in case any answers are contested), put together questions for the battles. They come up with WAY more questions than what are used for the battles, then together sort through them to reword and pick the highest quality questions to be used. 

Teams are highly encouraged to practice writing questions for their own practice battles. It's helpful to think like a question-writer! 


How do I write quality questions?

Some people like to write questions as they read, and others find this to be cumbersome. You want to enjoy reading as you go!  

Questions should focus on setting, characters, conflict, events, details, and solutions. 

Some questions will be easier than others. Challenging questions are great, but questions that are too obscure will be not be used. Looking at questions that people have created for other Battle of the Books competitions can be very useful for ideas. There are examples online (even on Quizlet!).

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