WASHINGTON — Organizers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday announced a major change to the format, adding multiple-choice vocabulary tests to the annual competition that crowns the English language's spelling champ.

Bee Executive Director Paige Kimble said the changes help reinforce the purpose of the bee – which is to encourage students to broaden their knowledge of the English language.

The changes also make it easier to nail down the nine to 12 competitors who make it to the final round, which will look the same as it has for years to primetime TV viewers, with spellers taking turns until only the champion has avoided the familiar doomsday bell.

Here is a sample of some of the questions the competitors may face. How would you do?

Could You Win The National Spelling Bee?

  • Question 1 of 10

    1. What is the purpose of defibrillation?

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  • Question 2 of 10

    2. What does it mean to be intestate?

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  • Question 3 of 10

    3. What does it mean to appertain?

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  • Question 4 of 10

    4. Something described as corrigible is:

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    5. Which of these is an example of onomatopoeia?

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  • Question 6 of 10

    6. Where would a campestral scene take place?

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    7. Something described as punitive is:

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    8. When would a prognosis be given?

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  • Question 9 of 10

    9. Something described as volatile is:

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  • Question 10 of 10

    10. Nomenclature has to do with:

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