Fencing referee test – Epee questions (42Q)

1. How are the shim gauges used to test the épée point?

2. Fencer X just received a YELLOW CARD and had the weapon confiscated for having a weapon that did not support the weight. The second weapon at the strip is missing one of the screws to hold the point in.

3. With no penalties given, Fencer X appears at the strip without a retainer to secure the body cord in the guard.

4. What feature(s) should be checked about the épée handle?

Not b: the handle must not be more than 20 cm. Not c: The épée need not be insulated.

5. What should be checked about the inside of an épée guard?

6. In a pool bout, Fencer X has received a YELLOW CARD for non-conforming equipment and is losing 3-2. Fencer Y attacks and X counter attacks; both hit on valid surface, with the machine indicating a double touch. In the course of the action, X falls.

7. May the épée be held by the pommel?

8. No penalties have been given. Fencer X has systematically caused corps à corps, but without jostling.

9. Fencer X attacks with a flèche. Fencer Y parries and makes an immediate riposte on X, who is now behind Y. After passing Y, X starts an action that hits Y. The machine indicates a double touch.

10. Fencer X attacks with a flèche and is off the strip with both feet just before the attack lands. Fencer Y had started a counter attack before X left the strip. The machine indicates a double touch.

11. Fencer Y makes a flèche attack and Fencer X attempts a stop hit while retreating over the rear limit, which lands when X has both feet off the strip. The machine indicates a double touch.

The reason for preferring b to c is that only one touch is awarded, therefore the valid touch by Y must be annulled.

12. What is the maximum bend allowed in the épée blade?

13. How may the épée blade be bent?

14. The épée spring must push back a test weight of how many grams?

15. Fencer X reports to the strip with a mask that has the upper portion taped with a vinyl tape to reduce glare. Fencer Y objects that the tape might cause a point to glance off.

16. With no previous penalties, Fencer X appears on the strip wearing a waist-length jacket.

Épée jacket must cover the entire trunk.

17. No penalties have been given. Fencer X drags the point of the épée along the strip while retreating.

18. Fencer X attacks, and the Referee clearly sees the machine indicate a good touch when X’s point is on the blade in front of Fencer Y’s guard. Subsequent tests reveal no rust, glue or other foreign substance on the blade.

19. With no other penalties having been given, Fencer X intentionally touches the ground outside the metallic strip to cause a halt.

20. Just after the second of two touches have been scored against Fencer X, it is found that the floor cable connected to X’s reel has become unplugged.

21. The proper procedure for testing the weapon at the request of a fencer is:

22. Fencer X is hit and presents the épée for testing. On the first test the épée fails to register a touch, but all subsequent tests properly register a touch.

23. The Referee awards a touch for Fencer X. After the touch is awarded, the Referee sees Fencer Y simply press the tip of the épée; it does not work. Y then submits it to the Referee for testing.

t.68 (b) The failure must be determined by tests made immediately after the bout was stopped, under the supervision of the Referee and without changing anything whatever of the equipment in use. This appears to be in conflict with the rules, but on the exam, “a” was graded as the correct answer.

24. Fencer Y scores a touch on Fencer X. Fencer X then shows the Referee that the body cord became unplugged from the connector inside the guard.

Assumed to be X’s fault.

25. A valid touch is registered by Fencer Y. The Referee believes the touch may have been on Fencer X’s hand. X claims the touch occurred on the guard. In testing, a small area of oxidation is found that will cause a valid touch to be registered.

26. Even though Fencer X is hit on the chest, nothing registers on the machine. It is found that X’s jacket has become saturated with perspiration, electrically grounding out touches by Fencer Y.

Materiality must be established by the apparatus.

27. The Referee observes a small hole in the metallic strip while the bout is in progress.

28. During the action, Fencer X and Fencer Y attack simultaneously. Their tips obviously touch, causing both valid lights to illuminate.

29. Double touches are registered. Fencer Y has clearly hit Fencer X, but X’s touch is doubtful.

30. Double touches are registered. Fencer X is clearly hit, but X’s point clearly hits the ground outside the metallic strip.

31. In a pool bout before the expiration of time, the score is 4-4. A double touch occurs.

32. Time expires when the score is 3-3 in a pool bout.

33. Time expires when the score is 5-5 in a pool bout.

34. At the start of the bout, with no penalties given, the Referee notices that the edge of the point of Fencer X’s weapon has no chamfer, resulting in a 90 degree angle.

35. In a team match, in the fifth bout of the relay match, the score is 24-24 when a double touch is scored. There is 1 minute remaining in that bout.

The first two opponents fence until one of them has scored five touches, within the time limit of 3 minutes. The next two opponents fence until one of their scores has reached ten touches, within the time limit of 3 minutes, and so on with successive bouts, cumulatively, of five touches

36. With no penalties given, Fencer X has been hit, without a touch registering for Fencer X. Fencer X immediately presents the weapon for testing by the referee. While performing the tests, the referee notes that the epee is missing one tip screw.

37. Fencer X attacks with an advance-lunge. Fencer Y counter-attacks with a retreat, stepping off the side of the strip with one foot during the retreat. Double touches are registered.

38. Fencer X has been hit by Fencer Y, without a touch registering for Fencer X. Fencer X immediately presents the weapon for testing by the referee. While performing the test, the referee notes that Fencer X’s body cord is unplugged in the back, and the safety device is missing.

39. Fencer X has been hit by Fencer Y, without a touch registering for Fencer X. Fencer X immediately presents the weapon for testing by the referee. While performing the test, the referee notes that Fencer X’s body cord is unplugged in the back, and the safety device is present and functioning.

40. Fencer X makes a beat-attack on Fencer Y. Fencer Y’s weapon breaks on the beat. Fencer X’s touch arrives valid.

41. Fencer X makes an attack on Fencer Y, with the touch landing valid. Fencer Y then makes a late counterattack on X, with Fencer Y’s blade breaking on the counter-attack. Only Fencer X’s touch shows as valid on the scoring equipment.

42. Fencer X makes an attack on Fencer Y. Fencer Y makes an immediate counterattack. Only Fencer Y’s touch registers on the scoring equipment. With the referee watching, Fencer X gently tests the weapon on the floor. No touch registers. Fencer X then presents the weapon for testing by the referee, but before the referee can begin the tests, the scoring apparatus starts to continuously register valid touches for Fencer X.

“Gently” is the clue that nothing was altered by the fencer. A literal interpretation of the rules would suggest that “b” is a better answer.