Frequency Lists

NAQT is pleased to offer updated versions of its Frequency List study guides for the 2017 competition year. These lists provide the authors, composers, painters, and other creators of the most-frequently-mentioned works in our tournament sets.

As of September 2017 there are four “creator-creation” lists available: Literature, Nonfiction, Music, and Art; each consists of the titles of the works, their genres, their creators, the year in which they were first published (or performed), and the number of times they have appeared in NAQT questions since we published our first set in 1996.

There is also the Military History list which includes wars, battles, treaties, commanders, units, and other topics related to military history. Each entry is classified by type and provides the date, a very brief description of its importance (which might often appear as a giveaway clue in packets), and a frequency count.

The Notable People frequency list, new in 2017, offers information on the prominent people from all walks of life that are frequent subjects of quiz bowl questions.

Because these data change from year to year, NAQT is offering “update rates” to repeat buyers: Schools that have already paid for a list can get complete, updated lists in all subsequent years for a fraction of the original price. These newly announced versions of NAQT’s frequency lists will be dated to September 2017; the previous editions were from September 2013. The new versions will begin shipping on September 5, 2017.

List Titles Original Cost Update Cost First Edition
Literature 3,241 $50.00 $9.00 2005
Non-Fiction 1,202 $20.00 $9.00 2005
Music 1,523 $20.00 $9.00 2005
Art 790 $15.00 $9.00 2005
Military History 1000 $15.00 $9.00 2013
Notable People 702 $15.00 n/a 2017

Shipping and handling on all Frequency Lists is free for standard-speed service within the U.S.

The creator-creation lists include every title that has been mentioned at least three times in NAQT packets, while the threshold for the Military Topics list is four mentions and the threshold for the Notable People list is 120 mentions.

If you have questions about these lists, please contact NAQT at To place an order, please select the appropriate items from our ordering page.

Obviously, there is no guarantee that these topics will be mentioned in any particular NAQT set—ever—but they are an accurate count of the subjects that NAQT’s writers and editors have chosen to use in the past.

NAQT also offers Power Up study guides that focus on a single area (e.g. American Poetry or Italian Renaissance Painting) and are intended to bring a new player up to a level of basic competence. The Power Up guides cover many fewer topics than the frequency lists, but they go into much greater detail about the most important works and provide dozens of sample questions to test knowledge.