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by Bananaquit
Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 6476

Re: General Discussion

JR beat me to it, but one of the mandatory history classes at Maggie Walker spends virtually all of the time before Christmas on China, so Deng gets a lot of play in that class (at least a full class period, maybe more, as I recall). Obviously, though, most schools will not cover him in any detail, ...
by Bananaquit
Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 13703

Re: VCU Open Discussion

Are salt domes actually unique to Louisiana? I was pretty sure High Island, near Galveston, was a salt dome (although Texas was obviously not the answer to that question). Also, I happened to know about both the Atchafalaya Swamp and the Chandeleur Islands through birds, as the former was one of the...
by Bananaquit
Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bruce Arthur's Wild Kingdom at Minnesota Open (11/20/2010)
Replies: 52
Views: 11775

Re: Bruce Arthur's Wild Kingdom

I love the idea of this tournament, and I want to play it so badly.
by Bananaquit
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving at Literature
Replies: 24
Views: 6916

Re: Improving at Literature

I second the statement that reading the actual books/poems/plays is the best. I've noticed that if I don't reread a book, I forget a lot of the plot incidents within a year or two. However, writing a question a week or two upon reading the book helps cement it in my mind so I retain the memory of th...
by Bananaquit
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Christianity
Replies: 16
Views: 2895

Re: Christianity

At what point do we draw the line and say, "This is just something you should know."? I think knowing a variety of important religions is "just something you should know", which is an argument in favor of Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Buddhism, etc. This is why we see poor conversion in arts, social sci...
by Bananaquit
Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Christianity
Replies: 16
Views: 2895

Re: Christianity

I think the primary reason Rastafarianism would get better conversion than Jainism, to take your example (which I won't dispute) is that aspects of it have entered popular culture, while the same cannot be said of Jainism. However, just looking at the things you listed for why Rastafarianism is know...
by Bananaquit
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Christianity
Replies: 16
Views: 2895

Re: Christianity

For reference, these are the subdivisions I placed on the religion category for GSAC XVII. While much of GSAC was initially too hard, I think most of the religion was fine. There was a total of 12/12 religion. 1/1 Judaism 1/1 Islam 1/1 Catholicism/Orthodoxy 1/1 Protestantism 1/1 Biblical 1/1 Any Wes...
by Bananaquit
Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How should NAQT change its distribution for 2010-11?
Replies: 58
Views: 11010

Re: How should NAQT change its distribution for 2010-11?

4. Also, trim geography down and/or put a much greater emphasis on world rivers/mountains/bodies of water in the geography category. I only have a problem with how many geography questions there are because of their content. I would much rather see a question on rivers/mountain ranges/bodies of wat...
by Bananaquit
Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution change 2010-11
Replies: 28
Views: 4772

Re: NAQT distribution change 2010-11

What was the original rationale for having so much trash in college packets? Are there college teams that will stop playing if there's no trash to make NAQT accessible? That seems even less likely in college than in HS.
by Bananaquit
Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: let's talk about conversion stats
Replies: 18
Views: 5609

Re: let's talk about conversion stats

I don't really know how indicative this is of the rest of the country, but many lower-level teams in the Mid-Atlantic and specifically in the Richmond area come to whatever tournaments are available regardless of distribution or even difficulty. For example, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at...
by Bananaquit
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How should NAQT change its distribution for 2010-11?
Replies: 58
Views: 11010

Re: How should NAQT change its distribution for 2010-11?

I'm thinking of teams who only play good quizbowl when it's NAQT Are these teams playing NAQT because they like the distribution, or because they are familiar with the NAQT name? I personally would not be surprised if many such teams would hardly mind minor distributional changes. NAQT doesn't need...
by Bananaquit
Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How should NAQT change its distribution for 2010-11?
Replies: 58
Views: 11010

Re: How should NAQT change its distribution for 2010-11?

I won't be playing HS NAQT anymore, but I think NAQT should decrease geography and CE to whatever percentage is equivalent to 1/1 per round, and increase the arts and RMP. It might be interesting to try changing general knowledge into a Bruce Arthur-style Modern World category with more academic que...
by Bananaquit
Mon May 31, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread
Replies: 194
Views: 38352

Re: 2010 HSNCT discussion thread

I was very pleased with this set, particularly with history and geography. I will second (or third or fourth) that this was the best HSNCT I've heard. Incidentally, the reason I got the Kyrgyzstan TU so quickly was that it mentioned the city of Osh, which I knew from being good at geography, not cur...
by Bananaquit
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going To College Next Year
Replies: 57
Views: 15850

Re: Where Are You Going To College Next Year

I'm going to William and Mary next year.
by Bananaquit
Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Results & Opinions
Replies: 89
Views: 13909

Re: VHSL Results & Opinions

Tucker only scored 40.
by Bananaquit
Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Results & Opinions
Replies: 89
Views: 13909

Re: VHSL Results & Opinions

In fact, against Tucker Maggie Walker scored 325 points, and against Deep Run we scored 295 points.

I was very pleased with the quality of the questions.
by Bananaquit
Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 186
Views: 20286

Re: EFT Discussion

The main problem I have with common links is that players can actually be penalized pointswise for not knowing early clues. In an ordinary tossup, since all the clues point to the same specific answer (Bismarck, Yeats, etc.), the only result of not knowing leadins is that you don't get the question ...
by Bananaquit
Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available
Replies: 150
Views: 24378

Re: HSAPQ: Fall Tournaments Sets Available

Toltecs is definitely the hardest part there.

Olmecs are definitely in the canon, more so than Toltecs, but neither of them are canon-pushers by any means.
by Bananaquit
Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DEATH at Richard Montgomery 09/12/09
Replies: 51
Views: 6099

Re: DEATH at Richard Montgomery 09/12/09

At the very least, you might want to postpone this for a while until you've filled in all the distributional gaps.
by Bananaquit
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DEATH at Richard Montgomery 09/12/09
Replies: 51
Views: 6099

Re: DEATH at Richard Montgomery 09/12/09

Why is there no science, social science, or RMP? This. If you actually forgot three major categories, disregard the following. I don't like the idea of high school tournaments becoming vanity-type events, which is what this looks like. Several of the more important subjects are being left out, and ...
by Bananaquit
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions about Writing
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: Questions about Writing

What Mike said about writing practice being linked with listening practice is very true. I started writing during my freshman year, and some of what I wrote for GSAC and HAVOC #I was really, really bad. Now, having heard more, I usually write much better. Also, related to your second question, if yo...
by Bananaquit
Wed May 27, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17877

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

Deep duckweed knowledge should never be rewarded with TWENTYYYYYYYY. Are you maligning my deep duckweed knowledge? :wink: On a serious note, I think some of the geography in general was pretty variable in difficulty and quality of writing [the dams question, the above leadin, the (perceived by me) ...
by Bananaquit
Mon May 25, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17877

Re: NSC 09 question discussion guidelines

As just an addendum to what Jack said, I found the mythology overwhelmingly Greek. Aside from toss-ups on Thor and Canopic Jars, I don't think there was any Norse or Egyptian (I'm probably forgetting something, but still...) I remember a bonus on Egyptian goddesses, several Celtic myth answers, a c...
by Bananaquit
Sat May 09, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-Specific Discussion of VA State Championship set
Replies: 17
Views: 1780

Re: Virginia NAQT Championship May 9 (Richmond)

It's been said before, but this set was bad. I haven't played any A-Sets this year, and the only other NAQT tournaments Gov has played were back in the fall, so I can't really compare the quality of specific sets. However, this set exuded a general feeling of badness beyond the norm for IS-sets. Bes...
by Bananaquit
Mon May 04, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 5358

Re: Bouncebacks?

I approve of bouncebacks because I think they allow teams with very deep knowledge in some areas but not in others to still be rewarded. Thus, they are useful even when the bonuses are of nearly the same difficulty. For example, a team with poor science knowledge could play an almost-equally-matched...
by Bananaquit
Sat May 02, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Want to get a literature foundation
Replies: 38
Views: 10372

Re: Want to get a literature foundation

Poetry is something that you can read more of. If you don't have time during the school year to be constantly reading novels (like me), I would suggest this. There are lots of poets that get asked about, and it doesn't take too long to read lots of their works. Also, it would probably help you if y...
by Bananaquit
Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64670

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

I still only have mediocre knowledge of Norse myth, but I will say that I had learned about Odin's ravens quite early from a children's Norse myth book I have. That book, which also had various stories including the one about Thor and Loki failing at the various contests like picking up the "cat", d...
by Bananaquit
Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64670

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

A LOT of students learn about civil rights, political history, elections, explorers, and lots of other big topics that can/should be used likely more Yeah, in retrospect, I can't think of any civil rights at all (there were initially two civil rights bonuses on my answer list which I decided to rem...
by Bananaquit
Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test
Replies: 118
Views: 64670

Re: HAVOC II @ MLWGS, 4/25 - not in conflict with the BoB test

As the History/Geo/Religion/SS editor, I should probably say what the subdistribution was for the history: 1/1 Ancient History (mostly Mediterranean) 1/1 European 1/1 American 1/1 World 1/1 Recent (overlaps slightly with some of the other categories) I decided that ancient history was something that...