The Scripps National Spelling Bee Tuesday the addition of a sheffieldwind.component to the Bee, which will take place this year on May 28-30.

We here at and the Visual Thesaurus are longtime Bee boosters, having covered, live-tweeted, and even followed the story of Bee competitor Nicholas Rushlow, who used the Visual Thesaurus as part of his study strategy. Now, we are pleased  that Scripps is acknowledging the importance of vocabulary as well as spelling proficiency in the development of lifelong love of and fluency with language. 

Read news coverage of the addition to the Bee in the , , and . (For a dissenting view, see by Stefan Fatsis.) If you're curious about the kinds of questions Bee contestants will be asked to answer, quiz yourself on these sample questions released to the . Then add the words you don't know to your learning2020欧洲杯时间 on

1. What is the purpose of defibrillation?

a) removing fibrous matter from vegetables

2020欧洲杯时间b) removing bodily hair

c) restoring the rhythm of the heart

d) reducing a fever using medication

2. What does it mean to be intestate?

a) be under strenuous circumstances

2020欧洲杯时间b) be without a valid will

2020欧洲杯时间c) be in the middle of a test in school

2020欧洲杯时间d) be in possession of a large amount of money

3. What does it mean to appertain?

2020欧洲杯时间a) assume the character or appearance of

b) belong either as something appropriate or as an attribute

c) distress severely so as to cause continued suffering

d) be guilty of

4. Something described as corrigible is:

a) correctable

b) rigid

c) unmanageable

d) filled with air

5. Which of these is an example of onomatopoeia?

a) chrome

b) novella

c) haiku

d) buzz

6. Where would a campestral2020欧洲杯时间 scene take place?

a) in the country

2020欧洲杯时间b) in a city

c) at the beach

2020欧洲杯时间d) in a warehouse

7. Something described as punitive is:

a) whiny

2020欧洲杯时间b) punishing

c) commonly accepted

2020欧洲杯时间d) acting as a shrinking agent

8. When would a prognosis be given?

2020欧洲杯时间a) after a disease diagnosis

b) during an operatic performance

c) after a horse race

2020欧洲杯时间d) during a guided meditation

9. Something described as volatile is:

a) illegal

b) impressive

2020欧洲杯时间c) explosive

d) calming

10. Nomenclature2020欧洲杯时间 has to do with:

2020欧洲杯时间a) religious ceremonies

b) names

c) bones

d) folk superstitions


1. C

2. B

3. B

4. A

5. D

6. A

7. B

8. A

9. C

10. B