For most high-school tournaments in Canada, ONQBA edits the question set to add in questions about Canada.
For Toronto Novice and Carleton Supermoon in December 2017, we wrote and added these questions to the set — 18 tossups and 7 bonuses. The writers were Peter Cordeiro and me.
I removed around 75 questions from the set, many more than we added in. A few of those were math computation questions*. The rest were about American history, geography, literature, and art. The ones that weren’t replaced with Canada questions were just replaced with “extra” questions from the original set. There were also a few questions about Canada or hockey in the original set, and I modified those a bit to make them harder.
I think these Canada questions were a little harder than they should have been — they might have been more appropriate for Provincials than for a regular-season set. However, because many questions on (obscure) American topics were removed, I think the set as a whole was made easier by our edits.
I was proud of the tossup I wrote involving the French language, but the feedback I got on it was not positive, so maybe I should have found another way to write it. I think knowing French (and knowing about Quebec) is meaningful and important and is a huge part of education in Canada. I will keep trying to find ways to shoehorn a French lesson into every quizbowl tournament.
Here’s a quick archive of questions we’ve used for Canadian editions of past tournaments:
*It’s standard for quizbowl hosts to remove “math comp” questions or to instruct the moderators to skip over them. Many question providers simply don’t use them in the first place. It sounds lame to be missing out on math questions, but if you heard these math questions, you’d want to skip them too.