Culture Bowl

Students will form teams of 5 (one person from each language depending on the level) to compete in the Culture Bowl.     Questions differ according to level. All teams need to be prepared to answer culture and history questions relating to ASL, Chinese, French, German and Spanish .

Click on the language to get questions for:
ASL Culture Questions
Chinese Culture Questions
French Culture Bowl
German Culture Questions
Spanish Culture Questions

This event is open to ASL, French, German, Spanish and Chinese students of all levels.

All levels  will need to know French, Spanish, German, ASL and Chinese questions. Each level will be competing with other teams in their level. Students need to be familiar with all questions up to and including their level.

There is a limit of 1 team per school per level, but if there is space  we will compete with up to 16 teams. The committee can be petitioned to add more teams after initial registration.

Rules for Culture Bowl

If all team members are present except for one, the team may still compete.  Late team members will not be allowed to enter a competition already in progress.  The team shall go to the assigned table and be seated with the team captain next to the judge.  The captain shall be the official spokesman for the team.

The judge will ask the first question of the team seated on his/her right.  The team will work together to arrive at an answer.  The captain will tell the judge their answer.  If the answer is correct, the team is awarded five points and they earn the right to a bonus question.  If they answer the bonus question correctly, they earn three points.  If the team answers the initial question incorrectly, the other team can steal it and earn the five points.  There will be no bonus question on the steal.  The judge will then go on to the next question, and it will go to the team on the left.  A round consists of ten main (five-point) questions, with a possible ten bonus (three-point) questions, if correct answers are given.

Tie matches will be resolved by asking questions drawn at random from all collections:  ASL, French, German, and Spanish, and Chinese.  Each side, after conferencing with their teammates,  will write the answer to the same question.  They will have 30 seconds to give their  written answer to the judge.  The first team to not answer a question correctly will be declared the loser. If there is still a tie, current event questions about countries which speak the languages will be used.

The losing team is released and must leave the room.  The winning team should consult the contest chart to see which table to move to, and which team they will play next.  Only people presently competing will be allowed in the room.  Friends, enemies, and observers will remain outside.

Culture Bowl Competition Times

Level 1 will begin promptly at 5 PM.  Please be to the “waiting” room early (4:45)  so we can get you registered and assigned a place to compete.  Level 2 will compete at 5:40;  Level 3 at 6:20; and Level 4+ will begin at 6:50.  No spectators are allowed.  Please arrive early and go to the “waiting” room to receive your assignment.


Contact Person

For questions regarding the Culture Bowl, please contact Vicki Stanger at