Here is the Arkansas quizbowl bid announcement for this coming year.
Dear Sir or Madam:
The Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) is an alliance of Quiz Bowl coaches from around the state, with the goal of promoting academic team competition throughout the state and at all education levels. We are soliciting bids for junior high level and senior high level practice sets and tournament questions for the 2008-2009 Quiz Bowl season.
Toss-Up bids should include a sample of 10 questions per category, Bonus bids should include a sample of 10 4-part questions, and Lightning Round bids should include a sample of 10 rounds. All should include answers. A vendor may bid for all senior high questions in database format, toss-ups only, lightning rounds only, bonus only, or any combination of toss-ups, lightning rounds, and bonus. They may also bid in the same manner for junior high questions either as entire matches or a database.
Our specifications are enclosed. If you desire to bid on either or both levels, please respond to me at the above address with the required samples by April 28, 2008. The executive board plans to select the company (or companies) at our May 3rd meeting.
Should you have any questions, please call me at (501) 847-8996, or Carolyn Shry, State Director, at (479) 858-2210. If you prefer, my email is Rrchandler74@aol.com
Thank you very much,
AGQBA Question Chair
AGQBA Bid Specifications for 2008-2009
Senior High Level:
20 sets of practice questions will be provided by July 10th on disk in Word or Rich Text format and emailed in Word by this date.
A database of 2000 Toss-up questions labeled by category, 150 Bonus Rounds, and 100 Lightning Rounds will be provided by October 15th on disk in Word format and emailed in Word by this date.
The toss-up question mix for the practice sets will be as follows:
9 -11 History/Geography/Government/Economics
9 -11 Science
9 -11 Language/Literature
9 -11 Mathematics
3 – 5 Fine Arts
2 – 4 Philosophy/Mythology/Religion
2 – 4 Currents events/Sports/Pop Culture
Questions in each match MUST follow the outlined mix such that questions from each category are fairly equally distributed throughout each question set and within each round throughout the toss-up questions.
The sentence structure must rarely consist of more than 2 lines with NO severe hooks in the questions.
The interrogative needs to be stated clearly.
The printed format should list alternate answers, pronunciation, and the importance of articles in titles, surnames, etc. Math problems should be written out in words as well as stated in problem form.
The questions should be specific to one category, e.g., social studies questions should not also be literature questions.
No more than ½ of the math questions should be computational and no more than 2 of the science questions should be computational
Questions should be from the Arkansas state school curriculum as much as possible. The questions should be about pertinent information, not obscure.
The 60-second (lightning round) and bonus questions may be of varying levels of difficulty. They should include a good variety of academic disciplines.
There should be NO computational math in the 60-second round choices.
The 60-second round choices should be specific questions mostly from the core academic categories (the first 4 above). There should be VERY FEW questions based on letters of the alphabet or potpourri, sports, or pop culture. There should be NO questions based on television shows or characters, films or film characters, foods or cooking terms, foreign language phrases, or postal abbreviations. The questions should not be written in long sentences.
Bonus questions should have a category heading. Some bonus questions may be written so that the four choices are related, e.g., name the states that meet at the “four corners” region in the Western U.S., but most should be written so that the four parts stand alone, i.e., one answer should not depend on having answered the previous question correctly.
Tournament questions should be PRISTINE – not having previously been used in Arkansas or surrounding states. AGQBA will retain the rights to the questions at the end of the season.
These tournament questions shall not be sold by the question writer to other states until one (1) year after purchase by AGQBA.
Question sets should be formatted as follows:
Individual rounds should be labeled and separated on pages as follows: Round 1--Toss-Ups #1-20; Round 2—Toss-Ups #21-30; Round 2--Bonus Questions; Round 3--Lightning Rounds; Round 4--Toss-Ups #31-50. All pages of toss-ups should have 10 questions per page. No fewer than 8 extra toss-ups and labeled Extra Toss-Ups, one extra bonus question labeled as such, and one extra lightning round labeled as such, should be added at the end of each match.
Each Lightning Round should include a description in addition to the title.
Each Lightning Round category should include an extra (11th) question to be labeled as such.
NO “reworded” or “repeat” questions asked.
The same question category mix and specifications for questions should be followed for the database. The database should include extra toss-ups and lightning rounds as above, and one extra bonus question should be included per every four in the data base.
Junior High Level:
Same as the above specifications for Senior High Level, except in #2, either the same type database OR, alternately, 40 rounds of tournament questions is acceptable. The database or 40 rounds should be provided by October 15th. If providing the rounds of questions, the questions should progress slightly in level of difficulty from one level of eight sets to the next. The 60-second round choices should be of comparable difficulty within a given match but in different academic disciplines. Bonus questions should also be in different disciplines and of equal difficulty in a given match.
Questions should be delivered to Carolyn Shry, AGQBA State Director, at email@example.com
by the aforementioned dates. The AGQBA mailing address is P.O. Box 1621, Russellville, AR 72811. If a paper copy is requested (or needed) then it shall be sent via certified or registered mail. AGQBA reserves the right to impose a 20% penalty should any violation of the above listed stipulations occur.