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Practice for Jeopardy Online Test

Postby DadofTwins » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:36 am

For those of you thinking about taking the Jeopardy test this week and looking for some practice, I've put a trial run together. I've done my best to approximate the subject matter and difficulty of the real thing.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.


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Postby DadofTwins » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:37 am

Answers will be spoiler-tagged in the next post. Here are the clues:

1. COLORFUL PHRASES – This phrase can refer to someone who smuggles refugees across a border or a reddish flower that closes in cloudy weather.

2. TV ACTRESSES – Gillian Anderson is the only actress to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series whose show aired on this network.

3. VINCENT VAN GOGH – This 1885 painting, one of Van Gogh’s earliest, depicts a family of French peasants sitting down to their evening meal.

4. SILENT “P” – The willow variety of this grouse is the state bird of Alaska.

5. DRAMA – This Mississippi city, home to Keesler Air Force Base, was the setting for the second play in Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy.

6. STATE CAPITALS – America’s northernmost and southernmost state capitals were both admitted to the union in this year.

7. CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS – Pure, anhydrous forms of this substance – chemical formula H-2-O-2 – will explode at a temperature just over 300 degrees Fahrenheit

8. EUROPEAN COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES – Originally called the Community of Needy Theology Students, this Paris college founded in 1257 came to be known for its founder.

9. VOCABULARY – Oil slicks, fish scales, or soap bubbles might display this rainbow-like play of color that changes with the angle of view.

10. CATS – The O gene, located on a cat’s X chromosome, determines whether a cat will have black or this color fur.

11. GREEK MYTHOLOGY – The Aegean Sea is named for Aegeus, the father of this Athenian prince who slew the Minotaur and rescued his countrymen from the Labyrinth.

12. ROMAN POETRY – This poet whose name comes from the Latin word for “egg” believed he was banished from Rome for publishing Ars Amatoria.

13. HISTORIC WOMEN – This country’s president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically-elected female head of state, was inaugurated in Monrovia in January, 2006.

14. PRESIDENTS – Though he won re-election in a landslide, this president’s second term only lasted 45 days.

15. BAROQUE MUSIC – This collection of exercises, composed by J. S. Bach to teach his sons, was published in two volumes twenty years apart.

16. NEWSPAPERS – This city’s Star-Tribune is the largest newspaper serving a city on the Mississippi River.

17. LEGENDARY EPONYMS – This word for a trusted teacher comes from the name of the tutor Odysseus commissioned to educate his son Telemachus.

18. ANCIENT ASIAN HISTORY – The Mahavamsa, or Great Chronicle, tells the story of the first Sinhalese ruler of this island.

19. BROADWAY – Irving Berlin wrote “There’s No Business Like Show Business” for this character based on a cast member in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

20. GLOBAL CLIMATE – This weather phenomenon that usually occurs around Christmas causes warmer-than-average ocean conditions around Ecuador and Peru every two to five years.

21. GLOBAL SPORTS – Australia has won the last three World Cup titles in this sport, in which a ball batted out of the field of play on the fly is worth six runs.

22. BREAD”Z” – From the German for “twice baked,” this sweetened bread is baked, sliced, and toasted until crisp.

23. BROADWAY – Steven Sondheim’s musical “Sunday in the Park with George” is based on a work by this French pointillist.

24. I KNOW THE KINGS OF ENGLAND – Six English kings have had this name; the first four reigned consecutively between 1714 and 1830.

25. CANADIAN CITIES – This city, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is on an island separated from the mainland’s west coast by the Strait of Georgia.

26. 20TH CENTURY FICTION – Alec Guinness played “beggar man” George Smiley in the film adaptation of this John le Carre novel.

27. CROSSWORD CLUES “J” – Danger (!) (8 letters)

28. THE U. S. CONSTITUTION – When a Presidential election is decided by this body, each state gets one vote.

29. THE BIBLE – Named for Moses’ successor, this is the first book of the Bible named for a person.

30. STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIES – Matt Damon played the title character Tom Hanks and his men are trying to rescue in this 1998 movie.

31. COLLEGE FOOTBALL – The first college football bowl game was played between Stanford and Michigan on January 1, 1902 in this California city.

32. ASTRONOMY – In 2004, the Cassini spacecraft joined 46 moons in orbit around this planet.

33. 1957 – On October 4, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, while in the United States this sitcom featuring brothers named Wallace and Theodore first aired.

34. AMERICAN LITERATURE – This Poe title item was stolen from the queen’s chamber by a minister known only as “D.”

35. ASIAN RIVERS – During monsoon season, the flow of this Southeast Asian river reverses, increasing the depth of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap by up to 25 feet.

36. MUSIC OF THE 90’S – “You Oughta Know” this Canadian former child TV star, who released her third album, “Jagged Little Pill,” in 1995.

37. CLASSIC MOVIES – This John Ford film about a Welsh mining community beat out Citizen Kane for the Best Picture Oscar for 1941.

38. MOUNTAINS – Th-th-th-th-th-th-this mountain, from the French for “White Mountain,” is the highest peak in the Alps.

39. DR. SEUSS CHARACTERS – He “hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season. Please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.”

40. WORLD WAR I – Kemal Ataturk played a crucial role in repelling the 1915 allied invasion of this peninsula near Istanbul.

41. BEFORE & AFTER – An opening in the Berlin Wall accessible only to those carrying one of Roald Dahl’s golden tickets.

42. THE HUMAN BODY – Also a term for a large waterfall, this vision problem occurs when a lens becomes clouded.

43. COMPOSERS – His 1899 tone poem Finlandia was banned by Russian authorities because it aroused too many nationalistic sympathies.

44. THE U. S. NAVY – Also a computer brand, this rank just above captain was abolished in the late 1980’s; officers in that rank are now officially called “Real Admiral Lower Half.”

45. SHAKESPEAREAN COMMON BONDS – Banquo, Julius Caesar, Hamlet’s father

46. TV THEMES – Songs by this British band play under the opening title sequence of all three CSI series.

47. POTENT POTABLES – This cocktail, named for a Southeast Asian city-state, is made with gin, cherry brandy, and Benedictine.

48. THREE-LETTER WORDS – Merriam-Webster’s 35th of 42 definitions of this word is “the quantity of work turned out in a continuous operation, as of a press.”

49. COLONIAL AMERICA – The Battle of the Great Meadows, in which the French captured this fort built and commanded by George Washington, marked the first major American engagement in the French and Indian War.

50. NOVELISTS – For his novel Little Dorrit, he invented the Circumlocution Office, a bureaucracy in which nothing gets done.


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Postby DadofTwins » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:38 am

1. Scarlet pimpernel
2. FOX
3. Potato Eaters
4. Ptarmigen
5. Biloxi
6. 1959
7. Hydrogen peroxide
8. The Sorbonne
9. Iridescence
10. Orange

11. Thesus
12. Ovid
13. Liberia
14. Abraham Lincoln
15. The Well-Tempered Clavier
16. Minneapolis
17. Mentor
18. Sri Lanka
19. Annie (Oakley)
20. El Nino

21. Cricket
22. Zwieback
23. Geroges Seurat
24. George
25. Vancouver
26. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
27. Jeopardy
28. House of Representatives
29. Joshua
30. Saving Private Ryan

31. Pasadena
32. Saturn
33. Leave It To Beaver
34. The Purloined Letter
35. Mekong
36. Alanis Morissette
37. How Green Was My Valley
38. Mont Blanc
39. The Grinch
40. Gallipoli

41. Checkpoint Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
42. Cataract
43. Jean Sibelius
44. Commodore
45. Ghosts
46. The Who
47. Singapore Sling
48. Run
49. Fort Necessity
50. Charles Dickens


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Postby TheConfessor » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:41 am

Nice quiz. I suspect it's at least as hard as the real thing. I believe this question needs to be corrected.
DadofTwins wrote:25. CANADIAN CITIES – This city, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is on an island separated from the mainland’s west coast by the Strait of Georgia.

The host city is on the mainland, separated by the Strait of Georgia from the island.
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Postby Banana » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:52 am

TheConfessor wrote:Nice quiz. I suspect it's at least as hard as the real thing. I believe this question needs to be corrected.
DadofTwins wrote:25. CANADIAN CITIES – This city, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is on an island separated from the mainland’s west coast by the Strait of Georgia.

The host city is on the mainland, separated by the Strait of Georgia from the island.


Yup, was going to post that myself...the island and the city have the same name even, but the city is not on the island...
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Postby Ken Jennings » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:44 pm

Very nice questions! I think this simulates the Jeopardy! test pretty well, right down to difficulty, subjects and general "tone".
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Postby koozbane » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:17 pm

An excellent and well written test, Dad. Very nicely done! If you're not all ready a Jeopardy! writer, you could/should be!

I got 42/50. Does that get me on the show?
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Postby melissa » Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:36 pm

Not too bad - I think I tried to go too fast, though. I can remember taking the test a while back, and being surprised at how looooonnngggg those 15 seconds can be!
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Re: Practice for Jeopardy Online Test

Postby Momma Snider » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:25 am

Confirmed that I won't bother taking the test. I think my future is on Wheel of Fortune.
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