What is Quizbowl?
"Quizbowl is a competition where teams of players use a buzzer system to score points for their team by answering questions on a wide range of academic topics."
-PACE (Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence)
Topics covered include:
Each topic has its own specific distribution.
What's special about Quizbowl?
Many trivia competitions contain short questions. For instance, one might see a question on cells worded as:
"Name this smallest unit of life which contains parts called organelles and reproduce in mitosis."
These questions are short and do not test the person of their knowledge about a particular topic. In buzzer competitions with short questions, such as Jeopardy, it is often just a test of reflexes.
However, in quizbowl, the questions are longer and contain clues that get easier as the question progresses. Players are allowed to buzz anywhere during the question to answer. This allows players to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge on a certain topic. The same question may be worded as:
"According to the endosymbiotic theory, some of these objects were absorbed into others. Their cycle includes the S phase, and the fluid mosaic model describes their boundary. They were named by Robert Hooke, who found them in cork, for their resemblance to monks' chambers. Cytoplasm makes up much of the interior of these objects, which have parts called organelles and reproduce in mitosis. For 10 points, name this smallest unit of life."
-SCOP Novice 2013
Why should I do Quizbowl?
Quizbowl might seem like an extraneous activity without many benefits, but there are a variety of reasons to get involved!