Quiz Bowl

4-H Forest Ecology Quiz Bowl Rules

All of the study materials you will need may be accessed further down on this page in the Study Materials section. Those materials come from the National 4-H Forestry Invitational website. Some questions are taken from the “Practice Questions” provided on the national site. Others are taken from the “Forestry Manuals” including Program A - Trees, Program B - Forests, and Program C - Recreation. The Florida contest does not take questions from the “Forests and Forestry” textbook listed at the national site because this is not available online.


How the Competition Works

In the Florida Quiz Bowl, one team will compete at a time. We will bring teams into the classroom in alphabetical order by county. Parents, escorts and mentors of the competing team are welcome to observe. No recording devices are allowed. No notes or study materials are allowed.

The Florida Quiz Bowl is very similar to the National Forestry Invitational Forestry Bowl, but in that contest a large number of Senior teams compete in paired team competition, with single elimination playoffs.  Because we have a smaller and sometimes uneven number of Senior teams, the “one team at a time” approach works best and more fairly.

Like the Nationals, each team will compete in two events, Directed Questions and Toss-Up Questions, which will be scored independently. Each team will be asked the same questions. A judge is present to serve as a referee and may overrule the moderator’s decision regarding whether an answer is correct or not. A timekeeper is also present. The Quiz Bowl follows the rules found in the “4-H Invitational Handbook”, with exception to the procedural differences outlines above.

The Directed Questions event involves 12 questions from the moderator to each team. After the question is read, the team captain has 10 seconds to begin the answer and 10 seconds to complete the answer. Team members may collaborate and discuss, but the captain must answer the question. The captain may ask to have the question repeated within five seconds of hearing the question with no penalty. Ten points are awarded for correct answers. No credit is given to partial or incorrect answers. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, either.

The Toss-Up Questions event is perhaps best described as the “speed bowl”. The moderator will ask as many questions as time permits, within a 2 minute period. Unlike the Directed Questions, any member of the team may answer, and the answer may begin even before the moderator stops reading the question. The moderator will stop reading the question when the answer begins. No team discussion is allowed once a team member begins their answer. If this occurs, the answer will be counted as incorrect. A correct answer is awarded 10 points. If the answer is incorrect, 5 points are taken from that team’s score. If no answer is given, 0 points are rewarded. Hint: If no one on the team knows the answer, it may be to your advantage for the captain to say “pass” or otherwise indicate “don’t know” quickly. You will get more questions!


Study Materials

The following materials should be used to study for the Florida Forest Ecology Quiz Bowl and Senior Quiz.


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