Back home to the heat: Part 1


After about 3 days, I am back home again.  Thursday, we drove up to the Santa Maria area for my younger brothers Bible quizzing tournament.  It’s so nice to be up there at this time of the summer.  Since it’s right by the ocean, the weather is a lot cooler, and not so HOT like where I live.  The Junior team didn’t win, but a boy on the team got a trophy for a 7th place individual high score!  Afterwards we went to Pismo beach with some friends…jumped and ran around in sand dunes, played in the waves, and did jump roping with sea weed!  But anyhow, I’m back and blogging. 🙂


5 Responses to “Back home to the heat: Part 1”

  1. sounds like u had fun but it is way to hot this summer.

  2. I did have fun, and I’m going back this week! It’s nice to get away from the heat where I live. It’s burning this summer.

  3. Hi Jen, Why don’t you explain how Bible Quizzing works? I get the main idea, but what are the rules? How many people on a team? Ages? Sample questions? Not everyone does this. When I was in junior high, we used to play a game (at church youth group) called Bible Sharp Shooters. The leaders would call out a Bible reference (like John 3:16) and everone in the room looked for it in his/her Bible. When you found it, you shot your hand up in the air (thus, sharp shhoters)and waited for the leader to tell you to read the verse. Sometimes we played boys against girls, sometimes people on the right against paople on the left.

  4. Hi Helen! There are TONS of things I can put down about quizzing to tell you how it works. I’ll try to get pictures up too, so you can see for yourself. First of all, I believe the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church picks out what everyone will memorize. This year, the Intermediates (my level) had to memorize Matthew chapter 17 – chapter 22, and Matthew chapter 25 – chapter 28. 425 verses all together. You have to memorize every verse word for word, and the text along with the verse.

    So this is how some of the questions are:

    Three part: 20 points: After six days, WHO took WHOM, and brought them WHERE, according to Matthew chapter 17, verse 1?

    Quotation: 10 points: QUOTE what the voice out of the cloud said, according to Matthew chapter 17, verse 5.

    Cross Reference: 30 points: “Labourers.” LOCATE the three verses of Matthew chapter 20 that contain this word.

    Cross Reference Four-Part: 30 points: Matthew chapter 18, verse 21, refers to WHO asking WHAT QUESTION containing the phrase “seven times,” and Matthew chapter 18, verse 22, refers to WHO making WHAT STATMENT containing the phrase “seven times?”

    (That’s the tougher kind)

    But those are just examples. But this is how it works. There are two tables next to each other. One has a red table cloth, and one has a yellow table cloth. Only two teams can quiz against eachother at the same time. One teams sits behind the red side, and the other behind the yellow. Only up to three quizzers can sit behind each table. They all get a hand held buzzer, which are all wired to one box. This box sits in the middle of both tables, which are pressed tightly together. The front of the box faces the audience…the quizzers can’t see the front. The box has three red lights on the top, and three yellow lights on the bottom. Between these lights are the numbers 1, 2, and 3. This is kind of how it looks:

    O O O
    1 2 3
    O O O

    Facing the quizzers from a podium, is the quizmaster. He is the one that reads the questions. You are allowed to interrupt the questions, but to get them right, you have to finish saying the question, and answer it correctly. If you happen to interrupt a question, and get it wrong, the quizmaster will re-read it to the other team, and they cannot interrupt. When you buzz in, you only have 30 seconds to answer the question. If the quizmaster is reading a question, and nobody buzzes in within 5 seconds after the question is read, time is up, and he moves on to the next one. If you answer a question, and the quizmaster isn’t sure of something you said, he will go to the consult judges. They also record you, so if they have to re-listen to your answer, they will. They decide if you’re right or wrong. Also, facing the quizzers is a chair, in front of the podium where the quizmaster stands. A volunteer sits in the chair, and also gets a hand held buzzer. When somebody buzzes in, the person sitting in the chair, called “The buzzer clearer,” calls out whatever light lights up. So if Red 1 buzzes in, they call out, “Red 1!” When the quizzer is done answering the question, the buzzer clearer pushes their buzzer, which puts the light out, making it ready for the next question. Then there is what’s called Contesting. If you, or someone on your team answers a question, and the quizmaster says, “Correct,” someone on the other team may disagree. If they believe your answer is wrong, they stand up and say, “Contest!” By the way, the teams are known by the city they’re from. So we’ll use Sacramento as an example. The quizmaster will say, “Sacramento, Contest, 60 seconds.” If the person that contested is not the team captain, they must go to the team captain, and tell them why they think the answer was wrong. If the team captain agrees, either the person that contested, or the team captain, must take it to the coach.
    The two of them will first decide who will take it to the coach. When the decision is made, the one of them goes to the coach, and explains why they think the answer was wrong. If the coach agrees, the two of you decide who will take it to the judges and quizmaster. Once that decision is made, whoever is going before them will say “Contest please.” They will then go up to the judges and quizmaster and explain why they think the answer of the person on the other team, was wrong. After this, they will go back to the quizzing table, and wait for the judges and quizmaster to talk about it. They will then decide if they should keep it correct, or replace the question. Each quiz in the Intermediate division has 20 questions, but can take a long time if there are a lot of contests. The judges and quizmaster may also listen on the headphones to hear the question that the person contested about… would really have to see it, and it would make a lot more sense…I’m sorry if I’m not making any at all. It’s just hard to explain to someone that hasn’t seen it. If you have any more questions, let me know!!

    Jen 🙂

  5. Jen,
    You explained that very well; you wrote clearly. It’s kind of like academic competition. My son was on the high school history team one year and the science team another year. Each high school has a history team, a science team, an English team, a math team, and a general knowledge team. Each team has three members, and no one can be on two teams for individual subjects. Members of other teams can be on the general knowledge team. The scores of all the teams for each school are added together for a final score. They sit like your diagram shows and have buzzers and challenges the same. Only two high schools compete at a time.

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