Except for Anatomy, where you can always get in a content question that competitors won't knowIt depends on the event.
Back in my day, many events were not allowed resources at all; I did Heredity, Water Quality, Food Science, Ecology, and a few others without a single resource because the rules were different. That meant that the events could focus more on facts and memorization. Now that pretty much every event allows some form of notes, the amount of content questions they can ask is limited because it's a real possibility that everyone will just have that information on their notesheet. To provide any real challenge, they have to design the events to be based off problem solving and critical thinking more than memorization, since anyone can go in and do well on a content test if they have good enough resources.
I think the best written events are a mix of both. You have to know your stuff very well, but you also have to be able to apply that knowledge to answer questions. By design, ID and lab events are already like that. For Rocks and Minerals, you get access to a whole binder, but it's useless if you don't have the skills to identify a mineral by sight because of the sheer amount of minerals you need to know and the short time limit to ID.
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