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1.    The epée spring must lift a test weight of how many grammes? (m19)
  500 g.
  750 g.
  770 g.
2.    What is the maximum amount of curve that is permitted in an epée blade? (m16)
  2 cm in the vertical plane.
  1 cm in any direction.
  1 cm in the vertical plane near the centre of the blade.
3.    How are the feeler gauges used to test the epée point? (m19)
  insert the 1.5 mm gauge, making sure it will fit; insert the 0.5 mm gauge and depress the point, making sure that it registers a hit.
  make sure that the 1.5 mm gauge does not fit; insert the 0.5 mm gauge and depress the point, making sure it will not allow the registering of a hit.
  insert the 1.5 mm gauge, making sure it will fit; insert the 0.5 mm gauge and depress the point, making sure that it will not allow the registering of a hit.
4.    Double hits are registered. Fencer Y has clearly hit fencer X but X's hit is doubtful. What should the referee decide? (t67)
  annul both hits.
  Y may decide to have the double hits awarded or annulled.
  award a hit to Y.
5.    Double hits are registered. Fencer Y has clearly hit fencer X but X has clearly hit the floor outside the area of the metal piste. What should the referee decide? (t67)
  annul both hits.
  Y may decide to have the double hits awarded or annulled.
  award a hit to Y.
6.    The referee notices a small hole in the metallic piste whilst the bout is in progress, what should s/he do? (t69)
  call "halt" and have the hole repaired.
  wait until a normal halt and then have the piste repaired.
  wait until the end of the bout and then have the hole repaired.
7.    Before the order "play", fencer X comes on-guard in the point in line position. The referee should: (t17)
  allow it.
  tell the fencer to come on-guard properly.
  order "play", but not award any hit scored by X's existing line.
8.    Fencer X, in the process of making a low seconde parry, advances the shoulder of his non-sword arm in front of the shoulder of his sword arm. X hits with the immediate riposte. What should the referee do? (t46)
  Give a yellow card to X and annul the hit that was scored by X during the action.
  Give a yellow card to X but allow the hit made by X during the action.
  Ignore the reversal as this is a permitted close quarter action.
9.    Fencer X makes an attack that register's a hit on Y's guard. Tests show some oxidation on Y's guard but no other problems. The referee should: (t68)
  give the hit.
  annul the hit.
  annul the hit but give a yellow card to Y for faulty equipment.
10.    Fencer X appears at the start of the bout with only one grub screw in his/her epée point. What should the referee do? (m19)
  give a yellow card.
  give a yellow card and seize the defective weapon.
  allow the fencer time to replace the missing grub screw.
11.    Fencer X presents his/her epee for inspection by the referee immediately prior to the commencement of a bout. The referee notices that the two wires from the tip are both contained in one insulating sleeve inside the guard. What action should the referee take? (m31, m5))
  No action needs to be taken as the wires are insulated.
  The referee should issue a yellow card as both wires need separate insulation.
  The referee should issue a yellow card as both wires need separate insulation and s/he should seize the defective weapon.
12.    The tips of both epees hit during a phrase. Both fencers are registered by the apparatus as having hit. What is the referee’s decision? (t66)
  Award both hits.
  Annul both hits.
  Award both hits but warn both fencers to be more careful in the future.
13.    Double hits are registered. Fencer Y has clearly hit fencer X but fencer X has deliberately hit the floor outside the area of the metal piste. What should the referee decide? (t66)
  Annul both hits.
  Award a hit to fencer Y. Annul Fencer X’s hit and issue fencer X with a yellow card.
  Award a hit to fencer Y. Annul fencer X’s hit and issue fencer X with a red card and give fencer Y an additional hit.
14.    During a stop in the bout fencer X decides to straighten his weapon. He places the epee on the metallic piste and straightens it. What action should the referee take? (t61)
  No action as the bout is not in progress.
  S/he should issue fencer X with a yellow card.
  S/he should advise fencer X that s/he must ask permission before s/he straightens his/her blade.
15.    Fencer X makes a hit. Fencer Y immediately points out to the referee that his/her bodywire has become unplugged from the inside-guard socket thus preventing him from making a hit. What is the referee’s decision? (t68)
  Award the hit to fencer X but issue a yellow card to fencer Y as s/he obviously has a faulty weapon.
  Award the hit to X as the detachment of the bodywire at the inside-guard socket cannot justify the annulment of the hit.
  Annul the hit as fencer Y would not have been able to make a hit.
16.    Fencer X makes an attack that registers a hit on fencer Y. Fencer Y immediately presents his/her weapon to the referee. Tests establish that the weapon does not work as the electric tip is badly fixed to the end of the blade and is loose. What is the referee’s decision? (t68)
  Award the hit to fencer X as the presence of a loose tip cannot justify the annulment of a hit registered against the opponent.
  Annul the hit.
  Annul the hit but issue a yellow card to fencer Y for having a defective weapon.

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