Can We Guess How Much Money You'd Win on an Episode of “Jeopardy!”?
By: Lauren Lubas
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About This Quiz
Everyone knows that there are different types of people who watch "Jeopardy!" You may be the type who watches to learn random facts or the type who wants to see people who are smarter than you take on interesting questions. You could also be the type who tries to answer every question to show off your smarts to everyone else in the room. No matter what your "Jeopardy!" preferences, it is clear that you are a fan. You may even think you have what it takes to give the show a try; after all, you have been practicing since you started watching it. Although you may feel like you have an edge with your knowledge, "Jeopardy!" is more than just knowing random facts. You have to have reflexes, understand answers and remember to answer in the form of a question. If you don't follow all of these rules, you may as well know nothing because you aren't going to earn a dime as a contestant on the show.
However, if you think you have what it takes to become a "Jeopardy!" champion, we think we can guess how much money you'd win on an episode. Answer these questions about your personality and we'll tell you how much you'll bring home.
What is the best way for you to learn?
If something is difficult to understand, how do you go about learning it?
If I don't get it the first time, I don't even try.
I ask people what they think.
I spend hours trying to figure it out.
When you want to memorize something, what do you do?
Look it over and try to repeat it
Repeat it over and over and over again
Do you have trouble remembering people's faces?
I've never forgotten a face.
Even if you're good at faces, you might not be good at names. How hard is it for you to remember someone's name?
I can only remember it if I know someone else with that name.
I'm excellent with people's names.
How many friends' phone numbers can you dial without your contact list?
How long does it take for you to remember how to get somewhere without a GPS?
Driving it a few times myself
Now we need to ask some questions about your reflexes and competitiveness to see how well you'd play the game. Do you think you'd have good control over the "Jeopardy!" buzzer?
Yes, I'd have great control.
These next few questions are about your memory. Is it difficult for you to remember dates?
Yes, I can't remember dates at all.
What is your buzzer strategy?
After I hear the question, attempt to hit the buzzer
Hit the buzzer, then read the question
Listen to half the question, then hit the buzzer
Stay ready to hit the buzzer at all times, even if someone beat me
If someone hits the buzzer before you, what will you do?
Get mad and throw the buzzer
I'd probably lose my edge.
Keep the buzzer in my hand, ready to hit it if they are wrong
If you came in second place on the show, how would you feel?
Great! That's hard to do!
Mad because I wasn't in first place
I'd be so happy because I am so slow.
I would never run a marathon
If you are behind by the time "Final Jeopardy!" rolls around, what are you most likely to do?
Bet as much as I possibly can
Play it safe and calculate how much I need to win
Calculate all of the possible outcomes and bet strategically
If "Jeopardy!" were a dance competition, would you win?
I'd rather have a rap battle.
What is most important to you when it comes to "Jeopardy!"?
Being the best in the room
Now, we're going to ask you some questions about how responsible you are. Would your friends describe you as a responsible person?
Only when it comes to working
Yes, but I have my moments.
Do you like to take chances?
Only when I have a good feeling
Once a year, on my birthday
What is the most annoying thing about your memory?
That it simply doesn't exist
That it only works when I meditate
That it isn't as clear as I'd like it to be
That I can't forget anything
If you're really tired but you have to continue studying your "Jeopardy!" categories, what do you do?
Try to work a little more, then go to sleep
Go to sleep and work on it in the morning
Set an alarm and sleep for one hour
Stay up and finish studying
About how much time would you take to learn and memorize facts in each "Jeopardy!" category?
If you received the Daily Double, how much would you wager?
The same amount as the answer I picked
Double the answer I picked
It depends on how well I know the category.
If you lose the game, will you get mad?
Only if I can't beat one part
Yes, but I get over it right away
What would you do if you thought someone was cheating on "Jeopardy!"?
Yell at that person at the top of my lungs
The final questions are going to explore your knowledge. How much do you know about geography?
Just the cardinal directions
A little bit about the U.S.
I'm pretty good at geography.
How will you learn about the categories about which you know nothing?
I will learn from others.
Would you say that you have a lot of random facts swimming in your head?
I can bring up a fact about nearly any topic that people are talking about.
Does your job require you to know a lot?
Yes, but only about one topic
No, I don't really have to know anything.
No, but I learn on my own.
Yes, it requires a lot of random information.
How much do you know about pop culture?
Everything there is to know
I try to keep up with the times.
Do people often come to you for information?
Yes, but I don't always have the answers.
Yes, because I can answer anything.
Let's start with some questions about your learning process. If you were on the show, would you study the categories that are given?
Yes, and I'd try to study hard.
Yes, but I'd study my own way.
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