Odyssey of the Mind -- Practice Problems

The following problems are for practice only. To view the synopses of the official 2017 - 2018 Odyssey of the Mind problems, click here!

Moby Dick

Herman Melville's Moby Dick is a literary masterpiece. In this problem, you will create Chapter 136, "On the Rachel," where Ishmael recounts his adventures to the Captain. The team will incorporate color slides, sculpture, drawing and/or painting and a scrimshaw object into its performance. "You'll have a whale of a time with this one! The full problem
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Omer to the rescue

Many of us are fascinated by the feats achieved by heroes portrayed in comic books, film and television. Some, such as Wonder Woman and Superman, work alone, while others are better at what they do because of their "sidekicks." Can you imagine Batman without Robin? Or the Lone Ranger without Tonto? In this problem you will create a main character and a sidekick. In true superhero fashion, they will transform items carried inside suitcases into a vehicle, then perform a series of heroic feats. Holy imagination, OMER! The full problem
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Furs, Fins and Feathers

Many creative works have featured animals as their central theme. Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a story about life and death as experienced by a seagull. It is a simple story, but a meaningful one. Andrew Lloyd Weber's Cats is another example where we get to view life from the perspective of an animal. How do you think animals view things? In this problem the team will create a humorous performance about the life of an animal from the animal's perspective but with real human emotion. Snakes alive! Sounds like fun, doesn't it? The full problem
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