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4-H History Bowl
General Rules and Procedures

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History Bowl contestants

The History Bowl will have all three regional teams on the stage at the same time.  The bowl will be conducted in two parts.

Part I

There will be a pool of 12 questions with each team having the opportunity to answer four questions each without any competition from the other teams.
The questions will be rotated between the regions. (There will be a question for Western Region, then Central Region and finally the Eastern Region until all regions have the opportunity to answer a question for a total of 12 questions.) Each team's questions will be drawn from the pool of questions on stage.
A correct answer will count 10 points. An incorrect answer will result in 10 points deducted from a team's score. There will be no penalty for an unanswered question.
A team will have five seconds to answer a question.
Scores earned in Part I will be added to scores earned in Part II to determine the winner.

Part II

Each team, seated at a table, will have a signal box. When a question is asked, the first team to press its signal button will have the opportunity to answer the question. The team whose signal light is activated will have the opportunity to answer the question even if another team answers out of turn. After one signal button is pressed, no other signal will register. Contestants should be sure their signal is lit before giving an answer.
The team with the activated signal will have five seconds in which to give an answer. Either member of the team may press the signal button and either may answer the question, but it would be wise for one team member to be sure of the answer before flashing the signal.
If the signal button is pressed before the question is completed, that team must answer with no further information given.
Correct answers will count 10 points each. An incorrect answer or failure to answer after a team has turned on its signal light will take 10 points from a team's score. There will be no partial credit for a question.
A team that "goes in the hole" 50 points drops out of the contest.
The contest will continue until one team has scored 200 points or until expiration of allotted time, whichever comes first.
If two or more teams are tied when time is up, one question will be asked to break the tie (other teams are not eligible).
Score keepers standing behind the teams will use cards to keep the audience informed on team scores.


The two individuals making up the state-winning team History Bowl team will receive engraved plaques and a $50 cash award. All other participants will receive a $25 cash award.


Janet Cluck, Dickson County


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