Study Guide 2016-17


Academic Bowl Practice Questions & Resources

Last updated October 26, 2016



2016 – 2017 Academic Bowl Focus Area: Massachusetts


Match 1&2 – Massachusetts Geology/Geography/Pre-colonization/Colonial Period


Interesting websites to check out:

Ancient China


Geography – Asia

  • Google images for China Provincial Maps
  • Physical map of China from
  • Physical/Political map of China from


Match 3 & 4 – Massachusetts Revolutionary War/Federal Period



Interesting websites to check out:


Ancient Egypt and Greece

  • Physical Map of Greece from
  • Greece Outline Map from
  • British Museum Website (see Babylonia link)

Geography – Middle East, Mesopotania, Africa




Match 5 & 6 – Massachusetts 19th, 20th, 21st centuries



Interesting websites to check out:


Native American Cultures – North and South America


Geography – North and South America






On This Day In History





            Boston Sports Teams


•          Grammar: English Club

•          Parts of Speech:


•          Massachusetts Department of Education – Common Core Curriculum K-8

• (“a safe internet gateway for kids”)

•          Librarians’ Internet Index (“websites you can trust”)

•          Virtual Middle School Library

•          Library of Congress



•          Profiles of historic figures

•          World Maps

•          Maps and other information from the United Nations Website (

•          Test your geographic knowledge of different places (

•          Interactive On-Line Maps and Large Maps (Owl & Mouse Educational Software)

•          World Geography Games Interactive Learning Games (Sheppard Software)

•          Interactive maps from I like to learn (

•          Lots of Maps and Facts (

•          Country Profiles (BBC)

Our Communities

Andover – Town’s official website (


Hands-on Practice

Many on the hands-on activities involve making structures from newspaper. You might want to practice at home to get familiar with this construction technique.


Math questions will start out easy in the first match and get progressively harder until we’ve covered most of these challenges.


•          2D Know and be able to apply all the formulas for determining area and perimeter for squares, rhombuses, rectangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, triangles, circles, etc.

•          3D Know and be able to apply the formulas for determining the volume of a cube and cylinder.


•          Be able to freely convert fractions, percentages, and decimals back and forth.

•          Be able to convert in your head any fraction with a denominator of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 (and their multiples) to a percent or decimal and vice versa. (See sports math)

Pythagorean Theorem:

•          Be able to find the third side of any right triangle, given the lengths of the other two.

•          Be able to recognize the 3-4-5 and the 5-12-13 perfect squares in their multiples.

Multiplication Tables (and square roots):

•          Know the squares of all numbers up to 20, and the square of 25.

•          (Now you know the square root of 121, 144, 169, 196, 225, 256, 289, 324, 361, 400 and 625.)

Distance Rate and Time (D=RT)

•          Be able to calculate in your head distance, rate, or time, given the other two. Difficult Example:

•          A man gets on the Mass. Turnpike at 3:50 a.m. There is hardly any traffic. He travels 120 miles and gets off at 5:20 a.m. He is immediately issued a speeding ticket by the State Police, who were waiting the whole time by the toll booth. The man argues that the ticket is bogus because the police didn’t even use his radar to clock his speed and wasn’t even in a patrol car. The policeman says, “I can’t tell you your fastest speed, but in order to travel those 120 miles in that space of time, you had to average ____ miles per hour, which is well over the speed limit.”

Two Trains

•          Be able to calculate the speeds, times, or distances involving two trains which travel in the same or opposite directions, same or different times, same or different speeds.

•          Example:Two trains leave the station at the same time and travel in opposite directions. The first train travels three times faster than the second. After 5 hours they are 400 miles apart. How fast is each train traveling?

Hands of a Clock Questions

•          What is the angle made between the hour hand and the minute hand when the time is:

o   6:00

o   3:00

o   4:00

o   11:00

o   5:30 (difficult)

o   7:45 (more difficult)

o   1:05 (“)

Other Skills

•          Be able to measure lengths and distances accurately to within 1/16″ and create maps and timelines to scale. For example, 1 cm = 10 miles, or 1″ = 8 years.

•          Know the American system of measurement (inches, miles, quarts, etc.) as well as the metric system

Sample Problems:

•          What is the area in square inches of a triangle with a base of one foot and a height of five inches?

•          What is the perimeter of a rectangle which has an area of 4 square feet and where the long side is 4 times longer than the short side?

•          5/8 = ___ percent?

•          The repeating decimal 0.444.. = what fraction?

•          In a certain right triangle the largest side measures 15 feet. The smallest measures 9 feet. What is the length of the other side?

•          16 x 16 = ?

•          The square root of 324 is ?

•          A car averaging 50 miles per hour will take how many hours to travel 600 miles?

•          Two trains leave the station at the same time and travel in opposite directions. The first train averages 30 miles per hour and the second 40 miles per hour. How far apart are they after three hours?