Middle School Distribution

This is a template distribution used by NAQT for its 2015–2016 middle school tournament sets. The only difference between actual sets’ distributions and this template is that in each category (not only the innermost categories) at most one question may be shifted from tossup to bonus (or vice versa). For instance, if a category is listed as 0/1 here, it does not mean that every set will have a bonus and no set will have a tossup; it will be split approximately 50-50 based on the random number that “salts” the distribution for each packet set.

Category Name Weights Per Packet Set Per Packet
Literature 32 39 / 38 3.9 / 3.8
     Academic Literature 20 26 / 25 2.6 / 2.5
         Myth/Religion 20 6 / 7 0.6 / 0.7
             Mythology 4 5 / 6 0.5 / 0.6
                 Classical Myth 60 3 / 4 0.3 / 0.4
                 Scandinavian Myth 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
                 Non European Myth 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Nonclassical Myth 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Any Myth 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
             Religious Literature 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Christian Literature 3 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Non Christian Literature 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         English Literature 51 17 / 16 1.7 / 1.6
             American Literature 28 9 / 9 0.9 / 0.9
             British Literature 23 8 / 7 0.8 / 0.7
         European Literature 8 3 / 2 0.3 / 0.2
     Young Reader Literature 8 11 / 10 1.1 / 1.0
     Any Literature 2 2 / 3 0.2 / 0.3
Science and Math 50 61 / 60 6.1 / 6.0
     Science 17 41 / 41 4.1 / 4.1
         Physics 5 3 / 4 0.3 / 0.4
         Astronomy 10 7 / 7 0.7 / 0.7
         Biology 15 10 / 11 1.0 / 1.1
         Chemistry 5 4 / 3 0.4 / 0.3
         Computer Science 2 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         Earth Science 10 7 / 6 0.7 / 0.6
         Technology 2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Any Science 10 7 / 7 0.7 / 0.7
     Math 8 20 / 19 2.0 / 1.9
         Math Computation 10 10 / 9 1.0 / 0.9
         Math Theory 10 10 / 10 1.0 / 1.0
Fine Arts 10 12 / 12 1.2 / 1.2
     Visual 38 6 / 6 0.6 / 0.6
         Painting 12 4 / 3 0.4 / 0.3
         Architecture 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Sculpture 4 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Visual Other 2 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Music 28 5 / 4 0.5 / 0.4
         Composers Works 12 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
         Instruments Theory Performers 5 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         Any Music 1 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Performance 5 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Opera 100 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         Dance 5 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Theater 5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Any Performance 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Any Fine Arts 6 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
History 40 49 / 48 4.9 / 4.8
     American History 40 18 / 17 1.8 / 1.7
         American Military History 7 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
         American Govt History 17 8 / 7 0.8 / 0.7
         American Social History 12 6 / 5 0.6 / 0.5
         American History 4 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
     European History 18 8 / 8 0.8 / 0.8
         British History 8 4 / 4 0.4 / 0.4
         French History 3 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Russian History 3 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         German History 3 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Italian History 1 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     World History 16 7 / 7 0.7 / 0.7
         Asian History 8 5 / 5 0.5 / 0.5
             Chinese History 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Japanese History 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Indian History 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Middle Eastern History 1 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Asian History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         African History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Latin American History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Ancient History 8 4 / 4 0.4 / 0.4
         Ancient Greece History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Ancient Rome History 3 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         Ancient History Non Classical 3 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
     Cross History 27 12 / 12 1.2 / 1.2
         Religious History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Exploration History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Europe History 6 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
         Non America Non Europe History 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         History 9 4 / 4 0.4 / 0.4
Geography 20 25 / 24 2.5 / 2.4
     North American Geography 30 7 / 7 0.7 / 0.7
     World Geography 70 18 / 17 1.8 / 1.7
         European Geography 25 5 / 4 0.5 / 0.4
         Asian Geography 30 6 / 5 0.6 / 0.5
         African Geography 15 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
         South American Geography 10 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Any World Geography 20 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
PC Sports 15 18 / 18 1.8 / 1.8
     Sports 23 4 / 4 0.4 / 0.4
         Major Sport 12 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Baseball 2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Baseball Modern 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
                 Baseball Any Time 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Football 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
                 Football Modern 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
                 Football Any Time 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
             Basketball 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Basketball Modern 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Basketball Any Time 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Minor Sport 6 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Minor Sport Modern 2 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
             Minor Sport Any Time 3 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Any Sports 7 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Any Sports Modern 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Any Sports Any Time 1 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
     Pop Culture 77 14 / 14 1.4 / 1.4
         PC TV 18 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
             PC TV Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
             PC TV Any Time 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         PC Music 18 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
             PC Music Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
             PC Music Any Time 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         PC Film 18 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
             PC Film Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
             PC Film Any Time 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         PC Video Games 8 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         PC Broadway 4 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         PC Comics 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         PC Other 6 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             PC Other Modern 4 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             PC Other Any Time 4 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         PC Any 12 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
Social Science and Philosophy 4 4 / 4 0.4 / 0.4
     Social Science 15 2 / 3 0.2 / 0.3
         Anthropology Sociology 16 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         Archaeology 8 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Economics 16 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         Government 16 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Jurisprudence 4 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Political Phil 4 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Psychology 16 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Any Social Science 6 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Theo Phil 10 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         Theology 40 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         Philosophy 60 2 / 0 0.2 / 0.0
Current Events 14 17 / 16 1.7 / 1.6
     CE Business 5 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     CE Science 10 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
     US CE 50 7 / 7 0.7 / 0.7
         US CE Political 30 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3
         US CE Social 30 3 / 2 0.3 / 0.2
         US CE Any 20 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
     World CE 50 8 / 6 0.8 / 0.6
         World CE Political 30 3 / 2 0.3 / 0.2
         World CE Social 30 3 / 2 0.3 / 0.2
         World CE Any 20 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
Miscellaneous 13 / 17 15 / 20 1.5 / 2.0
     Mixed 18 / 35 12 / 17 1.2 / 1.7
         Mixed Pure Academic 10 / 21 6 / 10 0.6 / 1.0
         Mixed Impure Academic 8 / 14 6 / 7 0.6 / 0.7
     Mixed or GK or Language 5 3 / 3 0.3 / 0.3

The weights column gives the numerical weights associated with each category; these are relative to the weights of sibling categories. If, for instance, a category had two children, one with weight 2 and the other with weight 3, then the first would receive 40% of questions (2/(2+3)) and the second would receive 60%. If two weights are specified, then tossups and bonuses are treated differently.

The per packet set column shows the total number of tossups and bonuses in that category for the entire set.

The per packet column shows the per packet set numbers divided by the number of packets in the set. The total number of tossups in this category in a single packet will be this number either rounded up or down; the bonuses follow a similar constraint. In addition, a single packet set will never have a packet in which both of those numbers are rounded up and another in which both of those numbers are rounded down.