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Civil War quiz bowl adds Reconstruction era

January 22, 2019

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Civil War Quiz Bowl, which has taken place for 17 years at the Museum of the Cape Fear, will cover more historical territory this year.

The museum has added ”& Reconstruction” to the title to reflect the future museum, the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center.

Questions about the Reconstruction era will be incorporated into this year’s quiz, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Pate room at the Cumberland County Public Library headquarters.

“That’s not the only change,” said Leisa Greathouse, curator of education and quiz bowl producer. “Another change is the number of contestants. In the past we accepted up to 20 participants. It’s been quite a while since we have had that many, so we are reducing it to 15. However, we would like to see lots of people in the audience.”

Instead of categories, the contest will take place in rounds. In each round, contestants will be asked a question until all contestants have been asked a question in that round. If a contestant gives an incorrect answer, a strike is given. Three strikes and you’re out of the contest. The winners will be determined by the last person who has not struck out in their age category.

“To keep an event fresh year after year, some changes are needed,” Greathouse said. “It becomes challenging and we have to get creative to keep the program viable. However, it will still be a fun time where people learn a lot. That part does not change.”

People may call Greathouse at 910-500-4243 to sign up early, or they can sign up at the door the day of the contest. Contestants will be accepted until all 15 slots are filled or until the start of the program. A prize is awarded in two categories, adult and youth ages 16 and under.

Admission is free to participate and to spectate.

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Information from: The Robesonian, http://www.robesonian.com

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