Congratulations! You have put in the time to be ready to take the national, online Constitution Bee. Thank you for being a part of the solution to provide for America’s future happiness and success!
First, Some Technical Issues:
1. Before taking the final Constitution Bee you will need to login. After logging in, you will need to come to this page and click on the links at the bottom of this page.
2. The very first question on the Constitution Bee will be a Pledge of Integrity . It is a one-question, multiple choice question that declares your commitment to not use notes and to not use other people to help you when you take the Bee.
4. It will be very important for fill-in-the-blank responses that you spell the word(s) correctly. Misspelled words will be marked incorrect.
5. Please don’t include extra punctuation in your answers. The classic response that was marked wrong over and over again in the trial bee was when “The Constitution.” was typed instead of “The Constitution” was typed. The period (.) at the end was the difference that made the answer incorrect. (If there are technical issues like this, we can work through them (see point #1 below under Reminders) – but it would just be nice to have the system do the grading instead of having to manually do so.
6. The Constitution Bee as a whole will be timed. You will notice the countdown timer across the top. The total amount of time will vary depending on how many questions and what types of questions (obviously essay responses will take much longer than multiple choice). If you know the answers you will get done in plenty of time. If you don’t know the answers, you won’t have enough time to look them up – and, that would be cheating, so the clock is to help discourage that.
Second, Some Reminders:
1. When you complete the Bee and click the “Finish Quiz” button you will be taken to a results page. Be sure to click on the blue “View Questions” button at the bottom so you can see your answers and compare them to the correct answers (highlighted in green) and the incorrect answers (highlighted in red). If there are any questions marked wrong that you think are right, please copy and paste the entire question and your answer on a separate document and then below it briefly explain why you think it’s right and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make adjustments to your final score if appropriate.
2. Make sure to use the “Hint” buttons as provided in some of the questions. They will help you answer the question correctly and in the way the system will recognize it as such.
3. Make sure you’ve watched the summary video in addition to the 6 parts of the Constitution Bee because questions will come from that video as well.
4. If there are technical problems and things get crazy, don’t worry, we will work things out and make sure you are treated fairly.
Third, The Rules:
1. RULE #1 – HAVE FUN! You are already a success because you have studied and learned the principles of freedom found in the Constitution!! Don’t stress about the Bee. Enjoy what you’ve learned.
2. The winners will receive a phone call of personal congratulations. The call will provide the winner an opportunity to give us a mailing address for the check to be mailed to and it will also provide the opportunity for the winner to prove through a series of short questions that he/she did indeed prepare for and qualify as the legitimate winner of the Bee.
3. You will be allowed to take the Constitution Bee only once during the week of September 17 – October 14.
4. Once you start the final, online Bee you will not be allowed to pause or start again so make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to do your best.
5. You cannot go back and answer questions. One question will be asked at a time and then once the answer is submitted, you cannot go back.
Fourth, A Word About Essays:
1. Some essay question(s) on the final Constitution Bee will ask that the response be 250 words or less. There is no need to get worried about exact word counts as neither the system nor the grader will count words. But a general rule is that a 250-word essay is anywhere from 8-14 sentences. (The shorter, the better!)
2. The text box provided most likely won’t be big enough for 250 words. It can be expanded by simply continuing to type in the provided box or by clicking and dragging in the bottom right hand corner of the text box (where there are diagonal lines) to expand its size.
3. Essay scoring: Essay(s) will not receive credit for any of the points until graded afterward (which could take a few weeks). Points will be earned according to how well the essay(s) meets the criteria, which are:
1) the response demonstrates a clear and personal understanding of the concept (30%)
2) the response demonstrates organization and logic of thought processes (30%)
3) the response references Constitutional text and/or examples and analogies (30%)
4) the response is grammatically correct (5%)
5) the response is concise and not overly wordy (5%)
Fifth, Additional Information:
In this area we must be sticklers. With hundreds of participants in the Bee, we need the system to help us grade the questions. We could use more multiple choice questions, but fill-in-the-blank questions are more effective in getting the information into long term memory, so with those two factors in mind, incorrectly spelled words will be marked wrong.
Time Limits on Bees
Adults will be given 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the Bee. That should be more than enough time to answer the question if you know it, and not enough time to cheat and look it up if you don’t – which is the point of it being timed.
Answering Every Question
The system will force you to answer every question (which is a nice feature to make sure you don’t inadvertently skip a question.) One possibly tricky detail is that each blank must be filled in individually. (i.e. If the correct answer to a question were my first name, “Jeff Hymas” and there were two blanks
______ _______, I might try to type Jeff Hymas in the first blank and submit my answer. The system will produce a pop up box that says I must answer the question before moving on. To do so, I would need to type Jeff in the the first blank, and Hymas in the second blank. Then the system will let me move on to the next question. Hint: use the tab key to skip to skip to the next blank)
Make sure to spell right and fill in every blank
Some questions will just give you an open space to write your answer. This is where spelling is also critical. This is also where questions will be asked for exactly written out clauses. Know your memorization of clauses!
These questions are where you really get to show your stuff! They will appear at the end of the Bee so that you can use all the remaining time to complete them. Adults will have 9 short answer essays and one long essay (250 words).
Okay, now you’re ready for the final, online Constitution Bee! Anytime from Sept 17th to Oct 14 you can click below and it will take you to the national, online Constitution Bee.
Relax – you will do great! You have already succeeded by learning the principles of freedom! Good luck!
*Do not click on the below link until you are ready to take the final, online Constitution Bee. Remember, you can only take it once from Sept 17 – Oct 14 and once you start the Bee you can’t stop.