Pass Auf Rules

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Abridged rules

One novice and one varsity team per school, competing in separate tournaments. Novice teams, consisting only of students in German I and German II who have never competed in Pass auf! before, compete only at the regional level and do not advance to state.

A team may consist of up to seven players, with no advantaged speakers. However, only up to five players may compete in a given round. Two teams play head-to-head in each game. A game consists of 25 questions – five questions from each of the following categories: Arts and Letters, Erdkunde, Grammar, History and Politics, and Odds and Ends. In each category there will be questions valued at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 points, depending upon difficulty. There will also be one 50 point question relating to a specific theme announced each year.

From the time that a question is read for the first time, the teams have 30 seconds in which to signal. After signaling, a team has 30 seconds to confer before beginning to give the answer. If a team gives a correct answer, it receives the points designated for the question. If the team’s answer is not accepted by the moderator, the moderator will reread the question for the opposing team. It then has 30 seconds to signal whether it wants to try to answer the question. After it signals, it has 30 seconds in which to answer.

Pass Auf: Revisiions and How to Play in 2018

PAβ AUF! Rules

1. A Varsity team may consist of any number of players who are in any level of German, with the exception of Advantaged Speakers and exchange students from Germanspeaking countries.

2. A Novice team consists of only first and second year students that have never played in a regional or state competition.

3. Only 5 may play at a time. A team may begin playing with fewer than five players and players may be added after the game begins, if the team notifies the moderator before the game begins that players will be coming late. At no time may more than five team members during a game. Once a team starts playing, players may leave to go to other contests, but they may not be replaced. Alternates will be considered as spectators and may not observe unless the game is open for spectators. Spectators may not communicate in any way with the teams that are playing.

4. Spectators are only allowed during the final game. They are not allowed is any other games at any of the contests.

5. There will be no changes to times of Paβ Auf! Games in a contest. Teams may be eliminated, if they are more than five minutes late to a scheduled game.

6. Each team must designate a captain. This is the only person from whom an answer may be accepted. In certain instances, the captain may designate one of the team members to give an answer. This must be done verbally and it must be acknowledged by the moderator before the answer may be accepted. If someone other than the captain or designee should give an answer, it will not be acknowledged by the moderator. In this instance, the appropriate person on the team must begin to give the answer before the allotted time expires.

7. Each game consists of a round of 25 questions. There will be at least five questions from each of the following broad categories: History & Politics, Arts & Letters, Odds & Ends, and Erdkunde, (5*4 = 20) plus an additional five questions from one of the above categories to round out the 25 questions. Questions in the broad categories of History & Politics, Arts & Letters and Odds & Ends, will be grouped in subcategories within each round. Subcategories will include but not be limited to the following: History and Politics: Early German History (Beginnings through the Folk Migrations), Middle Ages, Reformation 17-18th Centuries, 19th Century, Post War II Period, German American History, Texas German History, Government, European Union, Political Parties, Current Events, etc. Arts & Letters: Literature, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, Drama & Cinema, Philosophy & Theology, Music/Composers, Art, Architecture, Scientists, Inventors. Odds & Ends: Proverbs, Holidays, food, games, sports, education, folk festivals, customs & traditions, travel vocabulary, communication, idioms, language functions, vocabulary, days, months & seasons, etc.For each category or subcategory in a round there will be questions valued at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 points depending upon difficulty. Erdkunde will be asked in German and must be answered in German. Each year a theme will be announced and during that year there will be at least one 50 point question related to that theme asked in each round. Other questions related to the theme may also appear in the rounds.

8. The questions will be read by the moderator in order as printed. The category and point value for each question will be stated before the question is read.

9. After the question is read for the first time, the teams have up to 30 seconds in which to signal. They may confer during this time. If there is no signal within the 30 second period, the question is passed. To expedite the game, teams may elect to pass a question before the 30 second period expires.

10. If a team signals while a question is being read, the moderator will stop immediately and may not complete the question or give any additional information or answer any questions.

11. After signaling, the team has 30 seconds to begin giving an answer. It may confer during this time, but once the team starts giving an answer, it may not pause in order to gain more time. The first attempt by a team will be considered the answer – a team may not start over once it has begun to answer a question. In any case, the determination of whether or not to accept an answer lies with the moderator and not with the players, assistants or spectators.

12. If the signaling team gives an incorrect answer or if it fails to answer the question in the time given, the moderator will repeat the question for the other team. The other team has 30 seconds to decide whether they want to try giving an answer or to pass. After deciding to attempt the question, the team has 30 seconds to begin giving an answer

13. If a team gives a correct answer, it will receive the designated points, but no points will be deducted for failing to give a correct answer.

14. Appropriate behavior is expected of all players and spectators. No interruptions will be tolerated while a team is attempting to answer a question. Clarification of rules may be addressed to the moderator between questions, before the game, or after the game, but never while a question is in play.

15. Any challenge to a question or ruling by the moderator must be made immediately following the question or decision that is being challenged or before the game is declared finished. The judgement of the moderator is final.

16. Should the moderator misread a question, give the answer before the other team has a chance to answer, etc., a replacement question from the same category and the same point value will be read. 17. If the score is tied after the round of questions is completed, the moderator will then select tie breakers from the alternate set of questions.

Novice level explanation

Novice teams may consist of any number of players who are in either first or second year German classes, with the exception of advantaged speakers and exchange students from German-speaking countries and have never competed in one of the regional German contests or in the State German Contest in Paß Auf! Only five may play in any one game.

Revised Rules and How to Play the Game

 

A Varsity team may consist of any number of players who are in any level of German,

with the exception of Advantaged Speakers and exchange students from German-
speaking countries.

2. A Novice team consists of only first and second year students that have never played in

a regional or state competition.

3. Only 5 may play at a time. A team may begin playing with fewer than five players and

players may be added after the game begins, if the team notifies the moderator before

the game begins that players will be coming late. At no time may more than five team

members during a game. Once a team starts playing, players may leave to go to other

contests, but they may not be replaced. Alternates will be considered as spectators and

may not observe unless the game is open for spectators. Spectators may not

communicate in any way with the teams that are playing.

4. Spectators are only allowed during the final game. They are not allowed in any other

games at any of the contests.

5. There will be no changes to times of Paβ Auf! Games in a contest. Teams may be

eliminated, if they are more than five minutes late to a scheduled game.

6. Each team must designate a captain. This is the only person from whom an answer may

be accepted. In certain instances, the captain may designate one of the team members

to give an answer. This must be done verbally and it must be acknowledged by the

moderator before the answer may be accepted. If someone other than the captain or

designee should give an answer, it will not be acknowledged by the moderator. In this

instance, the appropriate person on the team must begin to give the answer before the

allotted time expires.

7. Each game consists of a round of 25 questions. There will be five questions from each of

the following broad categories: History & Politics, Arts & Letters, Odds & Ends,

Grammar, and Erdkunde. Questions in the broad categories of History & Politics, Arts &

Letters and Odds & Ends, will be grouped in subcategories within each round.

Subcategories will include but not be limited to the following:

History and Politics: Early German History (Beginnings through the Folk Migrations),

Middle Ages, Reformation through 1700, 1700 to 1848, 1850 to 1945, Post War Period,

German American History, Texas German History, Government, European Union,

Political Parties, Current Events, etc.

Arts & Letters: Literature, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, Drama & Cinema, Philosophy &

Theology, Music/Composers, Art, Architecture, Scientists, Inventors.

Odds & Ends: Proverbs, Holidays, food, games, sports, education, folk festivals, customs

& traditions, travel vocabulary, communication, days, months & seasons, etc.

For each category or subcategory in a round there will be questions valued at 10, 20, 30,

40, and 50 points depending upon difficulty. Erdkunde will be asked in German and

must be answered in German. Each year a theme will be announced and during that

year there will be at least one 50 point question related to that theme asked in each

round. Other questions related to the theme may also appear in the rounds.

8. The questions will be read by the moderator in order as printed. The category and point

value for each question will be stated before the question is read.

9. After the question is read for the first time, the teams have up to 30 seconds in which to

signal. They may confer during this time. If there is no signal within the 30 second

period, the question is passed. To expedite the game, teams may elect to pass a

question before the 30 second period expires.

10. If a team signals while a question is being read, the moderator will stop immediately and

may not complete the question or give any additional information or answer any

questions.

11. After signaling, the team has 30 seconds to begin giving an answer. It may confer during

this time, but once the team starts giving an answer, it may not pause in order to gain

more time. The first attempt by a team will be considered the answer – a team may not

start over once it has begun to answer a question. In any case, the determination of

whether or not to accept an answer lies with the moderator and not with the players,

assistants or spectators.

12. If the signaling team gives an incorrect answer or if it fails to answer the question in the

time given, the moderator will repeat the question for the other team. The other team

has 30 seconds to decide whether they want to try giving an answer or

seconds to begin giving an answer. It may confer during

this time, but once the team starts giving an answer, it may not pause in order to gain

more time. The first attempt by a team will be considered the answer – a team may not

start over once it has begun to answer a question. In any case, the determination of

whether or not to accept an answer lies with the moderator and not with the players,

assistants or spectators.

12. If the signaling team gives an incorrect answer or if it fails to answer the question in the

time given, the moderator will repeat the question for the other team. The other team

has 30 seconds to decide whether they want to try giving an answer or to pass. After

deciding to attempt the question, the team has 30 seconds to begin giving an answer

13. If a team gives a correct answer, it will receive the designated points, but no points will

be deducted for failing to give a correct answer.

14. Appropriate behavior is expected of all players and spectators. No interruptions will be

tolerated while a team is attempting to answer a question. Clarification of rules may be

addressed to the moderator between questions, before the game, or after the game,

but never while a question is in play.

15. Any challenge to a question or ruling by the moderator must be made immediately

following the question or decision that is being challenged or before the game is

declared finished. The judgement of the moderator is final.

16. Should the moderator misread a question, give the answer before the other team has a

chance to answer, etc., a replacement question from the same category and the same

point value will be read.

17. If the score is tied after the round of questions is completed, the moderator will then

select tie breakers from the alternate set of questions.

Categories and Annual Theme

 

Categories & Annual Theme

In addition to the 4 Categories, there will be a special theme designated each year.  One 50 point question each round will relate to this theme.

The theme for 2018 is: The German-speaking World 1914-1945
The theme for 2017 was: The Reformation

There are four categories of questions:

History & Politics, Arts & Letters, Odds & Ends, and Erdkunde

All categories may include questions about any of the German-speaking countries:

The Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein; and about German-Americans or German-Texans.

Questions in all categories may have words in German and may require answers in German.

Questions in the broad categories of History & Politics, Arts & Letters and Odds & Ends, will be grouped in subcategories within each round. Subcategories will include but not be limited to the following:

History and Politics: Early German History (Beginnings through the Folk Migrations), Middle Ages, Reformation through 1700, 1700 to 1848, 1850 to 1945, Post War Period, German American History, Texas German History, Government, European Union, Political Parties, Current Events, etc.

Arts & Letters: Literature, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, Drama & Cinema, Philosophy & Theology, Music/Composers, Art, Architecture, Scientists, Inventors.

Odds & Ends: Proverbs, Holidays, food, games, sports, education, folk festivals, customs & traditions, travel vocabulary, communication, idioms, language functions, abbreviations, days, months & seasons, etc.

Erdkunde (geography) questions are in German and must be answered in German.

The Game

The contest is played in a tournament format with two teams playing head-to-head in each game.  

A game consists of 25 questions – five questions from each of the following categories: History and Politics, Arts and Letters, Odds and Ends, Grammar, and Erdkunde. The questions deal with the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland as well as German Americans and German Texans. In each category there will be questions valued at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 points depending upon difficulty for a total of 750 points in each game.

An experienced moderator will read the questions. From the time that the question is read for the first time, the teams have 30 seconds in which to signal. To speed the game along, the teams may elect to pass the question before the 30 seconds is finished. The moderator may reread the question during this 30-second period. The teams are free to confer during this time.

Any team member may signal. After a team has signaled, the moderator may not provide any clarification or further information. If a team signals before the question is completed, the moderator must stop and may not complete reading the question for that team.

After signaling, a team has 30 seconds to confer before beginning to give the answer.

Before the game begins, each team must designate a team captain to give the team’s answers. This person is the only person from whom an answer may be accepted. In certain instances, the captain may designate one of the team members to give an answer. This must be done verbally and must be acknowledged by the moderator before the answer may be accepted. If someone other than the captain or the designee should give an answer, it will not be acknowledged by the moderator. In this instance, the appropriate person on the team must begin to give an answer before the allotted time expires.

Once the team begins to give an answer, it may not pause in order to gain time. The first attempt by a team will be considered the answer – a team may not start over once it has begun to answer a question. In any case, the determination of whether or not to accept an answer lies with the moderator and not with the players, assistants, or spectators.

If a team give a correct answer, it receives the points designated for the question. If the team’s answer is not accepted by the moderator, the moderator will reread the question for the opposing team. It has 30 seconds to signal whether it wants to try to answer the question. After it signals, it has 30 seconds in which to begin giving the answer.

Should the moderator misread a question, give the answer before the other team has a chance to answer, etc., a replacement question from the same category and the same point value will be read.

If the score is tied after the set of 25 questions is finished, the moderator will then select tie breakers from an alternate set of questions.

Appropriate behavior is expected of all players and spectators. No interruptions will be tolerated while a team is attempting to answer a question. Clarification of rules may be addressed to the moderator between questions or before or after the game, but never while a question is in play

Novice Sample Game

Grammar for 10

In German, some words are spelled with a consonant that does not exist in the English alphabet. Give the German name for this letter?
ANS: Eszet (Scharfes S)

Arts and Letters for 10
Name the German scientist who is considered the father of the American space program?
ANS: Werner von Braun

History and Politics for 10
Name the last major German offensive of WWII in the West.
ANS: Battle of the Bulge

Odds and Ends for 10
As of January 1, 2002, what is the basic monetary unit in Germany?
ANS: Euro
Erdkunde für 10, Auf Deutsch.!
Wie heisst die Hauptstadt von Deutschland?
ANS: Berlin

Odds and Ends for 20
Give the German equivalent of We believe what we wish to believe.
ANS: Was man wünscht, glaubt man gern.

Arts and Letters for 20
Which king of Bavaria was the royal patron of Richard Wagner?
ANS: Ludwig II

Grammar for 20
Give the plural form of the following noun. Mann
ANS: Männer

Erdkunde für 20, Auf Deutsch!
In welchem Bundesland fliesst die Mosel?
ANS: Rheinland-Pfalz

History and Politics for 20
Name the Prussian king who preferred French to German and often calmed his nerves before battle by playing the flute?
ANS: Friedrich der Grosse (Frederick the Great)

Grammar for 30
What are two ways to say it is 4:30 am?
ANS: Es ist halb fünf. Es ist vier Uhr dreissig. (Es dreissig Minuten nach vier Uhr. Es dreissig Minuten vor vier Uhr.)

History and Politics for 30
Two part question. Who is the current Chancellor of Germany and to which political party does he belong?
ANS: (Gerhard) Schrörder SPD

Odds and Ends for 30
What is the German name for the famous boy’s choir from Vienna?
ANS: Wiener Sängerknaben

Arts and Letters for 30
What was the name of the group of artists who gathered in munich before WWI and included the famous Russian-born artist Wassily Kandinsky?
ANS: Der Blaue Reiter

Erdkunde für 30, Auf Deutsch!
Wie heisst die Landeshauptstadt von Niederösterreich?
ANS: Sankt Pölten

Odds and Ends for 40
Give the German equivalent of A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
ANS: Ein Sperling in der Hand ist besser als eine Taube auf dem Dache.

Erdkunde für 40, Auf Deutsch!
Zweiteilig! Wie heisst Deutschlands höchster Berg und in welchem Bundesland steht er?
ANS: Zugspitze Bayern

Arts and Letters for 40
During the 15th century, guilds were formed to cultivate poetry and music. What were the members of these guilds called?
ANS: Meistersinger (Meistersänger)

Grammar for 40
Change the following sentence into the present perfect or conversational past tense – Er lädt uns ein.
ANS: Er hat uns eingeladen.

History and Politics for 40
Name the missionary who attempted to Christianize the Germanic tribes. He established the bishoprics of Salzburg, Regensburg, Passau, and Erfurt.
ANS: St. Boniface

Grammar for 50
Put this sentence into German: She stands in front of the door.
ANS: Sie steht vor der Tür.

Arts and Letters for 50
Multi-part question. What period of German Literature followed the Aufklärung and was characterized by a love of sentimentality, nature and liberty? And who were its two most famous authors?
ANS: Sturm und Drang Goether and Schiller

History and Politics for 50
Multi-part.
For the first time since 1933, a freely elected all-German parliament met in what year, in what building, in which German city?
ANS: 1990; Reichstag; Berlin

Erdkunde für 50, Auf Deutsch!
Welche Insel Gruppe liegt an der Nordsee Küste von Schleswig-Holstein?
ANS: Nordfriesische Inseln

Odds and Ends for 50
In Germany and Austria most prices include a value-added tax. What is the German term for this tax?
ANS: Mehrwertsteuer
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Varsity Sample Game

Varsity Pass Auf Game

Grammar for 20
Put this sentence into German. She is washing her face.
ANS: Sie wäscht sich das Gesicht.

2. Grammar for 10
Change the subject and verb in this sentence to plural:
Das Kind ist klein.
ANS: Die Kinder sind klein.

3. Arts and Letter for 30
Which group of Expressionist painters gathered in Dresden in 1905? Emil Nolde and Max Beckmann are well known members of this group.
ANS: Die Brücke

4. History and Politics for 40
After the death of Charles VI, Austria was attacked by Prussia, Bavaria and France. During this war which lasted from 1740-1748 Prussia seized and held Silesia. Name this war.
ANS: War of Austrian Succession

5. Arts and Letters for 40
Which German archeologist discovered and excavated the ancient city of Troy?
ANS: Heinrich Schliemann

6. History and Politics for 30
The first all-German elections to the German Bundestag were held on what date?
ANS: Dec. 2, 1990

7. Erdkunde für 40 Auf Deutsch
Welcher Wald liegt zwischen der Tschechische Republik und Deutschland?
ANS: Böhmerwald

8. History and Politics for 10
Who became the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 962?
ANS: Otto I

9. Odds and Ends
Give the German equivalent of – Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
ANS: Aus nichts, wird nichts.

10. Erdkunde für 20 Auf Deutsch
Welcher Fluß ist die Grenze zwischen Liechtenstein und der Schweiz?
ANS: (der) Rhein

11. Odd and Ends for 40
Give the German name for the warm, dry winter winds that come over the northern Alps from the Mediterranean and are blamed for everything from an increase in accidents to an increase in headaches?
ANS: Föhn(wind)

12. Odds and Ends for 30
Give the German name for the famous boy’s vocal group from Vienna?
ANS: Wiener Sängerknaben

13. History and Politics for 50
What agreement issued in 1122 ended the investiture dispute between Henry III and the pope over the selection of bishops?
ANS: Concordat of Worms

14. Arts and Letters for 50
Give the composers for each of the following pieces: Academic Festival Overture, Träumerei, and Der Rosenkavalier.
ANS: Academic Festival Overture – Johannes Brahms
Träumerei – Robert Schumann
Der Rosenkavalier – Richard Strauss

15. Grammar for 30
Put the following sentence into German: The pupil helped the teacher.
ANS: Der Schuler half (hat) dem Lehrer (geholfen).

16. Erdkunde für 50 Auf Deutsch
Wie heissen die fünf neuen Länder DEutschlands?
ANS: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen

17. Odds and Ends for 50
Two part question. Name the oldest zoo in the German-speaking world and the city in which it is found?
ANS: Schönbrunn Zoo Vienna (Wien)

18. Grammar for 40
Change the following sentence into the simple past, also known as the imperfect or narrative past tense. Ich habe die Fragen schwer gefunden.
ANS: Ich fand die Fragen schwer.

19. Erdkunde für 10 Auf Deutsch
Wie heist die älteste Stadt Deutschlands?
ANS: Trier

20. Odds and Ends for 10
What is a Stau?
ANS: traffic jam

21. Grammar for 50
Translate the following sentence into German. He looks as if he were ill.
ANS: Er sieht aus, als ob (als wenn) er krank wäre.

22. Arts and Letters for 10
Which German author, living from 1749-1832, is considered the greatest figure in German literature?
ANS: (Johann Wolfgang von) Goethe

23. Arts and Letters for 20
Which German wrote the words for the hymn Ein Feste Burg ist Unser Gott?
ANS: Martin Luther

24. Erdkunde für 30 Auf Deutsch
Wie heist der größte See Bayerns?
ANS: Chiemsee

25. History and Politics for 20
Which German Texas settlement was founded on Good Friday, 1845?
ANS: New Braunfels

Pass Auf! Wortschatz

Pass Auf! Wortschatz

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anbauengehörenOPEC
anfangenGemeinschaft, dieost
ArmeeGrenze, dieösterreichisch
Bahn, diegroß, größteöstlich, östlichst-
bauen, eine GrenzeGroßlandschaft, diePassionsspiel, das
begrenzenHaupt-Punkt, der
benutzenHauptlandschaft, dieQuelle, die
Berg, derHauptstadt, dierecht-
Bergspitze, dieHeide, dieReligionsgehörigkeit, die
Bergwiese, dieHeimatstadt, dieResidenz, die
berühmt-, berühmtest-Herz, dasrömisch
besichtigenhoch, höchst-Ruine, die
besiedelt-Hochebene, dieSandstein, der
Blüte, dieHügel, derSchffahrt, die
Bodenschatz, derIAEASchloss, das
Buchdruckzentrum, dasim Jahre..Schwebebahn, die
Buchstabe, diein der Nähe von…Schweizer
Bundes-Industriestadt, dieSee, der
Bundesland, dasInlandhafen, derSee, die
Burg, dieInsel, dieSeehafen, der
DenkmahlKanal, derSitz, der
deutschKanton, derSprache, die
deutschsprachig-KolonieStadt, die
direktKirche, diestattfinden
Dom, derkleinst-stehen
dünnst-Kloster, derStift
dünnstbevölkert-Kontinent, dasStraße, die
durchKüste, dieStrom, der
Ebene, dieLager, dassüd
ehemalig-Land, dassüdlich, südlichst
Einwohner, derLandeshauptstadt, dieSymbol, das
EinwohnerzahlLandschaft, dietäglich
Eisenerz, daslang, längst-Tal, das
elektrisch-lateinisch-Teil, das
entlang gehenliegentropisch-
erzeugenlink-Ufer, die
EuropaMeer, dasumfassen
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favorit-Messestadt, dieverbinden
Fels, dermittelalterlich- Vernügungspark, der
Fest, dasmittler-Vielfalt, die
findenmöglichViertel, das
flachmünden sichVolksfest, das
fließenMündung, dieWald, der
Flughafen, derMuseum, dasWappen
Flugverkehr, derName, derWasserkraft, der
Fluß, derNationalzeichen, dasWasserweg, der
Flußhafen, derNaturschutzgebiet, dasWein, der
frühernebenwest
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Categories
There are five categories of questions:

Erdkunde, Grammar, History/Politics, Arts and Letters, and Odds and Ends.

All categories may include questions about any of the German-speaking countries:

The Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein; and about German-Americans or German-Texans.

Questions in all categories may have words in German and may require answers in German.

Grammar may include idioms, grammatical structure, usage, etc.

History and Politics may include history, politics and government.

Arts and Letters may include art, artists, music, musicians, philosopher, philosophies, authors, literature, playwrights, plays, Architecture, architects, science, scientists and others.

Odds and Ends may include proverbs, customs, holidays, travel, culture, etc.

Erdkunde (geography) questions are in German and must be answered in German.

Controversies and Disputes
If there is a question about an answer, the team with the questionable answer must have proof. Any dispute must be settled with the moderator before the round ends and the team disputing must have documented proof. The judgement of the moderator is final.

General settlement: Throw out the controversial question and ask a new question.

All documents from the Internet must be printed directly from the the Internet showing the source. Any printed source must be in the room with the players, who may not leave the room.

A maximum of three protests per round per team may be allowed. To avoid any unpleasant controversy there will be a referee, who is an impartial party, such as a professor. The referee will have the last word in disputes.

The Pass Auf Coordinator may have a recording device ready for moderators to use to record each round. This should alleviate disputes concerning pronunciation, as well as content of questions and answers. Before recording, the moderator will say to the teams: “This round is being recorded for your protection. This recording will be used to settle all disputes.”

Game Preparation Tips
Tips for preparing a Team

  1. Download the questions posted on the State German Contest web-site and review them for format and the types of questions asked in the different categories.
  2. Assign students or teams of students to research areas in which they are interested. They should research those and make up questions. Be sure that all areas are covered.
  3. Questions should be short answer where a phrase or name are sufficient to answer.
  4. There are no true/ false or multiple choice questions in the game.
  5. Some questions can be flipped so that the stem clue can be an answer and the answer can be a new stem clue.
  6. The teacher should review the questions and be sure that they are appropriate.
  7. At the state contest there are visuals of famous people, famous art works, buildings, landmarks, coats of arms of states, country flags, maps, etc. Students should become familiar with them.
  8. Questions should be entered into a word document so they can be used for study and practice. It is a good idea to have two versions – one by category and one random version.
  9. Some test bank software may give you the flexibility to generate different “tests” question sets.
  10. Assign students to study at least two categories. Be sure that you have at least two students to a category so that during a competition, if one is missing due to a scheduling conflict, the content will be covered.
  11. Two important keys in preparing a team are knowing the content and being fast on the buzzers.
  12. Content comes from study, but speed comes from practice. One way to drill both is to have the team sit as they would in contest and ask them questions from the question bank that you have developed. Rapid fire question rounds really help teams develop speed. Mark those questions that they miss and ask them again after you run through the question sets. Keep going until they master the questions.
  13. Run set up question sets as described above and run through practice games.

If you have more students that want to play and you need to determine which five should be your starting line-up, you can do tryouts two stage tryouts. Stage 1 would be a written test using randomly selected questions. Rank the students by their scores. Stage two would be to ask questions and have students signal in. At the end of the set of questions, rank students by their scores. This method addresses the two key factors in the game – knowledge and speed of response.

Suggested Sources
State adopted textbooks:

Komm mit!, Deutsch Aktuell,

World History

American History

Texas History

Biology textbooks – famous scientists

Chemistry textbooks – famous scientists

Physics textbooks – famous scientists

Other print resources:

Michelin Green Guide Germany

Michelin Green Guide Austria

Michelin Green Guide Switzerland

German Seed in Texas Soil by Terry Jordan ISBN 0-292-72707-0

The History of the German Settlements in Texas 1831-1861 by Eudolph Leopold Biesele 

       ISBN 1-57168-236-8

Erstes Buch – Harry Reinert – available from Amazon

German, Second and Third Years – ISBN: 978-0-87720-577-7 Amsco Publishing

German newspapers and magazines for current events. 

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