Parts of a Question
This author wrote about the smuggler Harry Morgan in To Have and Have Not.Lead-in: The first sentence in a tossup with the hardest clues. Although difficult, the sentence should unambiguously point to the answer and specify using a pronoun what the answer is looking for (this author, this novel, etc). "The American" pressures Jig into getting an abortion in this man's short story "Hills Like White Elephants." His collection In Our Time includes many short stories about Power: Although still in power, harder clues are still ordered before earlier clues, and there is a clear middle part without a sharp drop in difficulty. (*)Powermark: The boundary between where the tossup is worth 15 (or sometimes 20) points and where it is worth 10 points.Nick Adams, and a novella by this man sees Santiago struggle with a giant marlin. For 10 points, identify this American author of A Farewell to Arms and The Old man and the Sea. For 10 points / Giveaway: The final clue in the tossup that contains the most well-known information about the answer.
Answer: Ernest (Miller) HemingwayAnswer: Only the last name, Hemingway, is sufficient, as in generally the case, except when there are two people with the same last name (eg John Quincy Adams and John Adams).
Johannes Kepler used inscribed Platonic solids to model this region of the universe.Bonus lead-in: The first sentence of the bonus introduces the common topic and gives clues for the first part. For 10 points each:
 Name this cosmological region, which, in Kepler's time, only included six of the eight planets around the Sun.
Answer: solar system
 Kepler's first law states that a planet's orbit is one of these shapes with the sun at one focus.
Answer: ellipse (accept elliptical)
 Kepler's second law states that planets sweep out equal areas in equal times and is a consequence of this quantity's conservation. Its time derivative equals net torque.
Answer: angular momentum (prompt on "L"; do not accept or prompt on "momentum")Prompt: Sometimes, prompts are given to ask for more information. In this case, the answer "momentum" cannot be prompted because linear and angular momentum are different.
~ Question from 2013 SCOP Novice
Question Set Types
NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments)
NAQT questions are never released publicly; however, links to sample packets are provided.
HSAPQ (High School Academic Pyramid Questions)
The "Big Three" categories of Science, History, and Literature typically make up 75% of the distribution. RMP and SS (Social Science) are sometimes combined. 3/3 means three tossups and three bonuses per round.
NAQT has computational math bonuses.
5.6 / 5.4 Science
4.7 / 4.5 History
4.1 / 4.0 Literature
1.6 / 1.5 Fine Arts
1.9 / 1.9 Geography
1.8 / 1.7 Current Events
1.0 / 1.0 RMP
1.6 / 1.6 Sports / Pop culture
0.6 / 0.7 Social Science
1.0 / 1.7 Misc / Mixed
Although there is no set housewrite distro followed by all housewrites, Yale's BHSAT distro is similar to many other sets.
4/4 Science (1/1 each biology, chemistry, physics, and other science, with a heavy focus on math)
4/4 History (1/1 American, 2/2 European/British/Ancient, 1/1 "World")
4/4 Literature (at least 1/1 each American, British, European, 0.5/0.5 one more of the above, 0.5/0.5 World)
3/3 Fine Arts (1/1 of visual, auditory including jazz, audiovisual and other)
3/3 RMPSS (1/1 Religion, 1/1 Mythology, 0.5/0.5 each SS and Philosophy)
2/2 Modern world (1/1 split between geography and current events, 1/1 pop culture/Trash)
- CMST: Collaborative Middle School Tournament
- MSNCT: NAQT's Middle School National Championship Tournament
- SCOP Novice: Written by high schoolers for underclassmen.
HS Regular Minus
- NAQT A sets: A shorter version of the NAQT IS series, explained above.
- FKT: Fall Kickoff Tournament, used as a season-opener
HS Regular Difficulty
- NAQT IS sets: Considered the standard for high school standard difficulty.
- HSAPQ mACF sets: Uses modified ACF format and distribution.
- BELLOCO: Bellarmine housewrite
- JAMES: A collaboration between TJ and LASA
- IMSANITY: Illinois Math and Science Academy housewrite, with 5/5 science (1/1 math)
- BISB: Brookwood Invitational Scholar Bowl set
- LIST: Ladue Invitational Spring Tournament, one of the best high school housewrites, now discontinued
- Prison Bowl: Hunter College High School's housewrite
- GSAC: Maggie Walker Governor's School housewrite
- UMD Fall/Spring: University of Maryland housewrite
- BHSAT: Bulldog High School Academic Tournament, Yale's annual housewrite, slightly on the harder side
HS Regular Plus / College Introductory
- HFT: Harvard Fall Tournament, the hardest non-national high school set, great for nationals prep.
- ACF Fall: On the easy side of college regular difficulty.
- ICCS: An introductory college set meant for novice college players.
- Delta Burke: Another introductory set slightly harder than ACF Fall.
- NAQT DII SCT: NAQT's college sectionals set.
HS Nationals-level / College Reg Minus
- HSNCT: Used at NAQT high school nationals.
- PACE NSC: Used at PACE high school nationals.
- MUT: The Minnesota Undergrad Tournament, for undergraduate players only.
HS Nationals Plus / College Regular Difficulty