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Censorship of books, along with a number of media rating systems, [1] have been used for years by individuals and groups to prevent and control the creation, access, and dissemination of ideas and information. In schools the issue of censorship is potentially [2] volatile because of the conflicting interests and responsibilities of [3] various stakeholders, school boards, librarians, teachers, parents, students, and the community at large may suddenly find themselves embroiled in heated disagreements. Statutes related to public education, however, grant to school boards the right [4] of ultimately making the final decisions about which materials may and may not be used in the classroom and which should be made available to students in the school library.

When materials are banned, appeals can be made, of course, leading to such legal wrangles as Board of Education vs. Pico, in which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the banning of books from school libraries because it limits [5] student’s rights to explore and to learn, and their enjoyment of reading, too.

[6] Nevertheless, throughout the country, books are regularly being challenged. Individuals or groups deem material inappropriate for young people. Objectionable material is usually cited as the reason. At first, they may request that the material be removed from library shelves, or they insist that it be excised from school curricula. If their initial efforts fail, they may petition higher authorities or rally additional support from the larger community. As a last resort, they may turn to the legal system for help, filing a lawsuit to enjoin the availability of materials they find offensive. [7]

In one infamous case, titles in the Harry Potter series were banned from a school library because of allegations that they “promoted witchcraft and defiance of authority.” Data compiled in recent years by the American Library Association keeps track of the reasons behind challenges to books across the United States.[8]


While book challenges are a by-product of life in a free society, banning books, especially in public schools supported by taxpayers, often provokes rigorous objections. Opponents of book banning argue that not everyone on earth is the same, [9] and you do a disservice to young people when one prevents them from learning about the values and lifestyles of people other than themselves. At the same time, [10] it’s either naive and foolish to assume that school-age youngsters don’t know very much about the world. After all, the vast majority of adolescents have access to digital media, [11] the content of which is as provocative than that in most library books. So indeed, young children should be granted the same rights as other citizens, especially because a deprivation of rights could mean diminished chances for them to question and learn.


  • B. is a years-old method used by
  • C. are a method used for years by
  • D. for years have served both


  • B. vociferous
  • C. varied
  • D. voluble


  • B. various stakeholders: school boards
  • C. various stakeholders school boards
  • D. various stakeholders; school boards


  • B. of ultimate decision making regarding
  • C. to finally make the decisions on
  • D. to make the final decisions about


  • B. students rights to explore, to learn, and enjoyment of reading, too
  • C. a student’s right to explore, to learn, and to enjoy reading
  • D. student’s rights to explore, learn, and enjoy reading


  • B. In that regard
  • C. Irregardless
  • D. In contrast

7. Which choice most effectively establishes the main topic of this paragraph?

  • A. It is difficult to challenge the availability of books or other material because what is objectionable to some people may not be objectionable to others.
  • B. All citizens enjoy the right to challenge the use of objectionable material in the classrooms and libraries of public schools.
  • C. Those who want to keep certain books or other materials away from youngsters protest in a more or less predictable way.
  • D. Challenges to books and other objectionable materials are usually made with the well-being of young people in mind.

8. Which choice most accurately interprets data found on the graph?

  • A. Challenges on the basis of excessive violence are more likely to succeed than challenges based on racism.
  • B. Foul language has been the leading cause of book challenges, with sexually explicit content close behind.
  • C. A combination of reasons labeled “Other” and “Unsuited to Age Group” make up the third most common cause of book challenges.
  • D. Between 2010 and 2014, most issues failed to attract more than an average 100 challenges per year.


  • B. by doing a disservice to young people you keep them away from learning
  • C. it is a disservice to young people to prevent or keep them from learning
  • D. and young people are hurt when they are kept from learning


  • B. it is either naive or foolish
  • C. its both naive and foolish
  • D. it is neither naive or foolish


  • B. whose content is as provocative as most library books
  • C. with more provocative contents than is found within most library books
  • D. the content of which can be more provocative than most library books