When I have coached for Bible Bowl we did not fool with scripts of questions.
We went over the assigned book(s) verse by individual verse, "drilling" insofar as the kids having to think on their feet about each verse.
Like -- this section of Esther 2, for example -- we'd read through it first then rapidly discuss it --
...7And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
8So it was, when the king's command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at Shushan the citadel, under the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king's palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women...
I'd pace around the classroom and we'd roar through each verse. I'd bring up the key points of the verses, more often than not finding some way to twist it so the kids would have to think and correct my "errors".
(Me) "And Monkey brought up Hamster --"
"No? It says right there in Esther 2, 'And Monkey brought up Hamster'!"
"Mordecai! Mordecai brought up Hamster -- erm -- Hadassah! Yeah, Hadassah"
"Moredecai! Hadassah! Mordecai! Hadassah!"
"You sure? I thought Mordecai brought up Esther!"
"He did! Hadassah was her other name."
"Oh, OK! So Moredecai brought up Hadassah or Esther because she was lying on the ground and needed to get up --"
"No! No! She had neither father nor mother!"
"Oh, OK. I see. Mordecai found this strange girl wandering about without her parents and he snatched her up -- "
"No! NO! She was his cousin!"
"(cue jaw-dropped shock)
Now how did you know that? You been studying again?!?"
"Look in verse 7 -- his uncle's daugher..."
"Oh! OK, then. Let's move along... So then, Mordecai raised her -- 'the young woman was was lumpy and bumpy and'..."
"No way! She was lovely and beautiful!"
"Yeah? How do you know?"
"It says so in verse 7, see?"
"Oh, OK. Then Mordecai killed her father and mother..."
"NO! No! They just died, OK?"
"(wiping sweat off brow)
Oh, my goodness, I'm so glad! Now look at verse 8... see it says 'When the king's complaining and whining were heard, because a couple of shy ugly old ladies were gathered at Cincinnatti the Citadel..."
"No! No! Look
, in verse 8!"
"The king commanded
, he issued a decree
"What? No whining and complaining?"
"Nope. 'Command and decree', chapter 2 verse 8."
"And no little old ladies?"
"Many! It says!"
"Oh, OK... At Cincinnatti?"
"Oh! I thought you were telling me to "shush"! I was 'bout to get all offended, fellas! OK, the girls were where?"
"At the Citadel. At Shushan."
"OK -- and it says in verse 8 that Esther went there too -- and was under the care of Huggie the Janitor..."
"No! Hegai. The custodian
"Not Huggie? More like Hegg-Eigh-Eye?"
"Oh. So he wasn't there so much to clean Esther up, as to take care of her and watch out for her and stuff? A custodian is like a caretaker? "
"But I thought Huggie was the janitor of the building!"
was the custodian
of the WOMEN
"Wow! You guys are Bible scholars or something, ain't you!"
So we'd go on like that. "My" kids -- which were
my kids some years, some years not -- always did well. They would either take a high place -- which was nice -- or at least acquit themselves ver very well, having learned the material well. Which was the main point.