Also the length, last year's nationals questions were considerably longer. Most of the stuff that's in the set that one wouldn't normally think of as history isn't trash or random stuff, it's more stuff like the history of religion, myth, and philosophy; history of the arts, historical geography, or recent history (though not usually stuff so recent it wall fall under the heading of current events).
Maybe that would leave the history purists with something to be desired, but there's still roughly 80% of the questions as usual history there for them - far more than any other high school tournament - while RMP or fine arts players in particular will find there's enough there to keep their interest. In the future, this percentage (i.e. the percentage of important stuff that happened in the past but that's not nomally thought of as history) will likely increase. Anyway, it's still certainly history - just not what is usually thought of as such from a narrow, quizbowl-centered definition of the subject.
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Ridgewood (NJ) '99, Princeton '03
Founder and Director: International History Bee and Bowl, National History Bee and Bowl (High School Division), International History Olympiad, United States Geography Olympiad, US History Bee, US Academic Bee and Bowl, National Humanities Bee, National Science Bee, International Academic Bowl.
Adviser and former head coach for Team USA at the International Geography Olympiad