Trivia - Spelling Bee

This spelling bee trivia quiz has 12 multiple-choice questions. Answers can be found at the end of the quiz. Enjoy and share these spelling bee facts with friends.
1. What is a spelling bee?
a) A bee who can spell
b) A competition between spellers of dictionary words
c) A spell checker software

2. Although there are spelling bees for all age levels, most spelling bees are for this demographic.
a) Seniors b) Adults c) Adolescents and younger

3. The National Spelling Bee is the biggest and most prestigious spelling competition. How does one qualify for the nationals?
a) Win a regional spelling bee
b) Obtain a sponsor (usually a newspaper)
c) No higher than eighth grade or 15 years of age
d) All of the above

4. The first edition of the National Spelling Bee was in
a) 1915 b) 1925 c) 1935 d) 1945

5. Who wrote the first American dictionary?
a) Samuel Johnson Jr. b) Noah Webster c) Neither 

6. True or false. The National Spelling Bee is also open to spellers from outside the United States. 

7. Which TV network/channel has broadcast the National Spelling Bee since 1994?
a) Disney Channel b) CNN c) ESPN d) NBC

8. What is the most common misspelling for the word "basically"?
a) Basiccally b) Basicaly c) Basicly d) Bassically

9. Who won the first National Spelling Bee?
a) Pauline Bell b) Jody-Anne Maxwell c) Ward Randall d) Frank Neuhauser

10. Which of the following was a competition-winning word at the National Spelling Bee?
a) dietitian b) aardwolf c) knoll d) therapy

11. In recent times, spelling bee contests have been dominated by Americans of which descent?
a) Mexican b) Indian c) Irish d) Chinese

12. True or false. The National Spelling Bee has been run by The E. W. Scripps Company since inception. 

Answer Key:
1)b 2)c 3)d 4)b 5)a 6)True 7)c 8)c 9)d 10)d 11)b 12)True

Master - 12 correct answers
Expert - 10 to 11 correct answers
Intermediate - 7 to 9 correct
Beginner - 4 to 6 correct
Novice - Less than 4 correct

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