Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

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Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

Post by zeebli123 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:27 pm

I'm pleased to announce RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open), a tossup-only open side-event to be completed by May of 2019. The questions are being written by Justin French, Anson Berns, Vishwa Shanmugam, Jakob Boeye, Keaton Martin, Darren Petrosino, Mazin Omer, Shubham Sengar, and me. Literature, visual arts, and world music are being edited by Justin French; jazz and nonacademic music are being edited by Mazin Omer; and classical music is being edited by me, although we are all writing across categories. The set will consist of at least eight packets of 20 powermarked tossups with the following distribution:

10 Literature
  • 3 American
  • 3 European (including British)
  • 3 World
  • 1 Other (including criticism)
10 Fine Arts

      5 Visual Arts:
  • 2 Painting
  • 1.5 Sculpture (including performance and conceptual art)/More Painting
  • .5 Architecture
  • .5 Film
  • .5 Photography
      5 Auditory Arts:
  • 2.5 Classical Music (including opera and ballet)
  • 1 Jazz (including world jazz)
  • .5 Nonacademic Music (music typically classified as "trash" with historical/musical significance)
  • .5 World Music (academic music outside of western tradition)
  • .5 More of the above/Miscellaneous (including criticism and musicals)
Questions will be 8-10 lines of 10 pt Times New Roman before powermarking. They will be vanity-level difficulty, with roughly half of the answerlines extra-canonical and the other half easily convertible by most of the field. A conscious effort will be made to include more world content in the Visual Arts category (we decided to make a separate subcategory for world music but not for world art because world art is much more easily classified in the artistic genres we listed). In addition, music that falls under the western tradition but is from non-western countries will be classified as classical music. We will also try to ask about the "nonacademic" music in a way that rewards more serious analysis of the music, its performance, or its historical significance, rather than just easy listening.

We are aiming to finish editing questions by early May, when we'll have an online playtest; afterwards, we hope to mirror the set in high school nationals and various summer opens. Everyone, including high schoolers, is encouraged to play this, as they'll likely find new and interesting topics, as well as cool questions about works that are important but not commonly asked about in quizbowl.

Sites:
  • Online Discord playtest, sometime in May
Email me at zeebli123@gmail.com or PM any of us if you're interested in mirroring RULFO!

EDIT: with respect to a few complaints, the estimate for tossup length has been changed to "8-10"
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Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

Post by Pedro/HCHS » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:51 pm

Good luck, guys!
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Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

Post by zeebli123 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:01 am

I understand that there have been concerns regarding the difficulty of this set, so allow me to clarify a few things:

The easier half of tossups is aiming to be deeper cuts of more canonical content. This is primarily to avoid having the set become oppressively difficult, but also is because I in particular believe that there are parts of subjects, especially music, that are especially important but usually deemed too difficult to be considered as a tossup, even if they are by, for example, a common composer. These questions should still be easily converted by the target audience while avoiding difficulty cliffs and "curved yellow fruit" giveaways.

The more difficult half of the tossups, on the other hand, is aiming to be about subjects that we believe are significant but have almost never come up in past quizbowl tournaments at any level. This doesn't mean that the tossups will go dead in every room; rather, many could be, for example, common links on very difficult, extracanonical subjects that become more easily converted near the end. If anything, the number of tossups that fall under this category will most probably skew towards the low end. We decided to call the difficulty of this set "vanity" because of this, as the goal of the set is to toss up new things that many people might find novel and interesting.

Finally, I would like to point out that this set is just a side-event; when beginning to form a team to write this, we were motivated by a desire to learn new things, have fun, and maybe show the community some cool subjects that they might enjoy themselves. That being said, we've already been working on this over the past summer, and will continue working hard to complete (hopefully) a well-edited set for people to enjoy. Thanks!

EDIT: grammar
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