Our favorite captive Hugh Vandivier makes the time pass faster by blogging from his book prison.
In an effort to make Banned Books Week multi-faceted, I wrote up a pub quiz.
Each Tuesday at the Broad Ripple Brewpub, my team, dubbed The Black Friars, competes with other teams in a test of knowledge. Quizmaster Billy (Hannan), the GM, asks the questions, and teams of up to six write down the answers on sheets.
This week, for obvious reasons, I couldn’t participate, so I thought I’d write one up with censorship as the theme. Quizmaster Billy answered only 11 correctly, which meant I devised a good stumper.
So, just for fun, here’s my quiz. No fair opening up a tab and Googling answers!
1. The “Czar of Hollywood” through the ‘20s and ‘30s, this Hoosier is known for the production code that bears his name.
2. In 2009, the Welsh town of Aberystwyth finally lifted its 30-year ban of what film by an irreverent British comedy troupe, probably because the mayor actually appeared in the comedy.
3. The 2001 Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander was banned in this country because of the movie’s plot involving assassination of the country’s prime minister to preserve cheap garment labor.
4. Not surprisingly, this 2006 mockumentary has been banned in Kazakhstan.
Banned Children’s Books
1. Published in 1926 and in animated Disney feature films in 1977 and 2011, this classic has been banned in the United States for talking animals considered an “insult to God” and in Turkey and the UK because the sidekick is offensive to Muslims.
2. Largely known for his children’s books, this author was the leading cartoonist for Playboy, and penned both the Dr. Hook hit “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” and Johnny Cash’s hit “A Boy Named Sue.”
3. The 1964 novel Harriet the Spy has been banned for being “a bad example for children.” It was also challenged for teaching “children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse.” Who wrote it?
4. These books are frequently banned for their toilet humor and irreverent attitude. The title character is a superhero devised by two 4th graders about their grouchy principal, Mr. Krupp.
The First Amendment
1. Uttered in the 1964 U.S. Supreme Court case of Jacobellis v. Ohio, which justice said, “I know it when I see it” to describe his threshold test for obscenity?
2. In 1978, this comedian’s most famous routine served as a U.S. Supreme Court case, FCC V. Pacifica Foundation, where the court ruled, among other things, that act was “indecent but not obscene.”
3. In the landmark 1919 Schenck v. United States case, which U.S. Supreme Court justice asserted that “…free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.”
4. In 1971, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the New York Times Company over the United States in the “Pentagon Papers,” leaked by what U.S. military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation?
Recently Banned Books
1. Last year, the school district of Republic, Missouri, banned this 1969 novel by Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut, prompting the Vonnegut Memorial Library to send families in that district free copies.
2. In May 2013, this WWII-era book, first published in English in 1952, was the target of a Michigan mom who tried to get it banned due to its “pornographic tendencies.”
3. In 2012, a Tennessee school district banned Looking for Alaska by this local young adult author for offensive language and for being sexually explicit.
4. Just last week, Randolph County, N.C. is reconsidering a recent ban on the 1952 novel that focuses on black identity in the first half of the 20th century. The board chair rejected the book as a “hard read,” and another member stated he couldn’t “find any literary value” in it.
1. In 1956, ABC radio made this Hoosier songwriter change the lyrics of this Frank Sinatra hit to “I get perfume from Spain”? (We need the correct songwriter and song.)
2. Indiana Governor Matt Welsh tried to have this song by this group banned because of perceived obscene lyrics, which were largely unintelligible. The first verse actually says, “A fine little girl waits for me; / Me catch a ship across the sea. / I sail that ship all alone; / I never think I’ll make it home.” (We need the correct song title and group.)
3. In 1970, the BBC pulled the Kink’s hit “Lola” until Ray Davies changed what one word in the lyrics?
4. Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Clear Channel Communications sent a memo to its more than 1,200 radio stations and flagged 165 “lyrically questionable” songs. This band, whose last album was Renegades in 2000, was the only artist who had all their songs flagged.
How did you do? Two teams tied at 15, including my Friars, who did not have any prior knowledge of even the hint of questions or categories. They lost in a tiebreaker. It may be just as well: We’re kind of like the NY Yankees of trivia.
The Friars did win a prize for best team name, which I’m told was Who the *#@! is Hugh Vandivier?