ColJade wrote: AlphaQuizBowler wrote:
19. Jesuit theologian Benterim claimed that a thirteenth-century law decreed that pictures should be covered during this time period, and its beginning is defined by the Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle. Methodism holds that “Kingdomtide” precedes this event, and this event features a day when a pink candle is lit called Gaudete Sunday. For 10 points, name this Christian holiday, commonly symbolized by a wreath with one candle per week, four in all, which leads up to Christmas and which commonly features chocolate-filled calendars.
Maybe mentioning that specific theologian makes the leadin unique, but once you mention Christianity and covering pictures, you're inviting a neg with "Lent" or "Holy Week," and, even if nobody negs, it still pretty much narrows it down to two answers.
I'll confirm this. When we're not Lewis County, we're a Catholic school, and we negged with "Lent".
This is a question that would be rewarding to those who have deep knowledge of the Christian calendar, but could trip up those who don't. I don't see it as more or less tricky than most questions though. It may trip up people because of Advent's similarities to Lent, not because of the way the question is written. Unless you know about the Jesuit's ideas, it would be prudent to wait for a better clue. Like most pyramidal questions, the number of potential answers here diminishes as more clues are revealed.
I guess a decent analogy would be a question that could be about Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, or James Madison because it mentions a Democratic-Republican President in the early 19th Century who lived in the area around Chancellorsville, VA. In this hypothetical analogy question, the leadin mentions a President who went to Princeton, and then the aforementioned clues come throughout the question before the giveaways, thus allowing those of us who know a lot about Madison to answer, but meaning those who don't would have to wait for a clue they know, or else neg on the notion that Jefferson and Monroe meets a lot of the criteria they hear.
If you want to avoid negs on similar topics, you'd have to avoid questions about things that someone could get confused with something else. That would make Quizbowl very boring.
EDIT: I'm not a good question writer, and I know my analogy question has some holes, but hopefully you can see the point I was trying to make.