nationalhumanitiesbee

The National Humanities Bee will be held in conjunction with the 2019 US Academic Bee and Bowl National Championships at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL (next to Chicago) on the afternoon of June 7 at the same time as the US Geography Olympiad National Championships (meaning students can compete in the one or the other but not both). The final round will be held on the evening of June 8. The cost to compete is $50.

The National Humanities Bee is open to any student who is competing in any of the other six events (i.e. National History Bee, National History Bowl, National Science Bee, International Geography Olympiad, US Academic Bee, US Academic Bowl) which are being contested that weekend.

Please click here for a link to the Official Rules File.

Past questions used at the National Humanities Bee National Championships are available here:

2018 National Humanities Bee Questions

2017 National Humanities Bee Questions

2016 National Humanities Bee Questions

Question Content
All questions in the National Humanities Bee will take the format of tossup (i.e. buzzer-based questions of short paragraph length progressing from harder to easier information) questions in the manner of US Academic Bee and Bowl questions with a humanities focus. Topics will cover literature, art history and technique, music history and theory, dance, film, religion, mythology, and philosophy. See also the questions used in past years which are found through the links listed above on this page! The file listed here has a full question distribution to help guide students in their preparation:

National Humanities Bee Question Distribution

Tournament Format
All students will play 3 preliminary rounds of 35 questions each. After the 3 preliminary rounds, the top students will advance to the playoffs. The playoffs will not overlap with any US Academic Bee or Bowl matches, or any geography or history events. The rules of play will be identical to the US Academic Bee rules in effect for the National Championships.

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Past Results

The National Humanities Bee held its third annual National Championships on June 3-4, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to our champions and top finishers!

Middle School Division (7th and 8th Grade)
1st –  Karsten Rynearson – Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT – National Champion
2nd – Robert Muniz – Midtown Classical Homeschool, Tallahassee, FL
3rd – Cooper Roh – Keith Country Day School, Rockford, IL

Elementary Division (6th Grade and Younger)
1st – Caroline Cox – Midtown Classical Homeschool, Tallahassee, FL – National Champion
2nd – Sangeet Barkataki – Team Pleasanton Conquiztadores, Pleasanton, CA
3rd – Claire Wang – Centennial Lane Elementary, Ellicott City, MD

Full results from the 2018 National Humanities Bee are available through the link here.

Full results from the 2017 National Humanities Bee are available through the link here.