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?
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