0 Test Your Knowledge: The National Spelling Bee Quiz

The Scripps National Spelling Bee organizers have just announced a major change to the format, adding multiple-choice vocabulary tests to the annual competition.

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For the first time in the 86-year history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the evaluation of vocabulary knowledge will be formally incorporated as an element of the competition.

"This is a significant change in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but also a natural one," said director Paige Kimble.

"It represents a deepening of the Bee's commitment to its purpose: to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives."
The 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place on May 28–30 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Visit HuffPo to test yourself with a sample of the questions the competitors may face. For example:

What is the purpose of defibrillation?
a) removing fibrous matter from vegetables
b) removing bodily hair
c) restoring the rhythm of the heart
d) reducing a fever using medication

Here's my score, not that I'm bragging (okay, maybe a little bit):

scripps national spelling bee quiz
How well did you do?

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