Can You Answer These Winning Jeopardy! Questions?

By: Stella Alexander
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Can You Answer These Winning Jeopardy! Questions?
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About This Quiz

"Jeopardy!" premiered in 1964 as a daytime TV show. While Art Fleming was the show's first host, they brought on Alex Trebek to take over in 1984 when the series moved to prime time television. The show was based on the premise that three contestants would battle it out in trivia while answering questions from different categories. While they might have basic topics like history and science, you'd also find creative ones like "Fictional Boyfriends" or "Cute, Furry and Deadly."

"Jeopardy!" is different from its other trivia counterparts in that the host gives you the "answer." The contestant then has to answer with a question, whether it's "what is," "who is" or "where is." While you might be successful through the first two rounds, Final Jeopardy! is where you can win big or lose it all. Depending on your wager, you'll go home a loser or return to the next show triumphant. Are you willing to place a big wager on this quiz? Do you think you can answer these winning "Jeopardy!" questions? Let's find out!

COLLEGE: From the Latin for "free," this two-word term for a type of college refers to the old belief of what a free man should be taught.
Liberal arts
Women studies
Criminal justice
Biochemical sciences
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This question appeared on Jeopardy! in 2011. Some subjects that fall within liberal arts are philosophy and literature. Liberal arts is the oldest higher education program in Western history.

THE INTERNET: On March 10, 2003, this nation got control of the .af internet domain.
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Afghanistan is a country located in the Middle East. Its capital is Kabul and the country has a population of over 34 million. It is officially named the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

WOMEN IN SPORTS: She won America's only gold medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.
Oksana Baiul
Peggy Fleming
Tara Lipinski
Nancy Kerrigan
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Peggy Fleming was an Olympic figure skater and would go on to be a commentator. For a number of years after her time as a professional skater, Fleming and her husband owned and operated a vineyard and winery.


U.S. CITIES: The 34 peaks of the roof of this city's airport represent mountains that are about 30 miles away.
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
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Denver International Airport is located, quite obviously, in Colorado's capital city of Denver. Travelers get spectacular mountain views when landing and taking off. It's also the largest airport (by total land area) in North America.

NOTORIOUS: In October 1959, he informed the U.S. Embassy in Moscow that he had applied for Soviet citizenship.
John Wilkes Booth
Lee Harvey Oswald
James Earl Ray
Gavrilo Princip
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Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Oswald was later killed by Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner, while in police custody (and on live TV, no less!)

WORDS IN POETRY: The two "oo" four-letter words in the poem inscribed in the base of the Statue of Liberty.
Boor & Goot
Hoot & foot
Pool & roof
Poor & door
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"The New Colossus" is the poem inscribed at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty. It was written by Emma Lazarus four years before her death. It was placed on the Statue of Liberty in 1903.


FOREIGN AID: These two countries, once each other's enemies, are the two biggest recipients of U.S. foreign aid.
Israel & Egypt
Ecuador & Peru
El Salvador & Honduras
Turkey & Cyprus
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Egypt and Israel had a tumultuous history beginning in 1948 with the Arab-Israeli War. The full-blown tumult ended in 1980 following the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: A chorus in this 1741 work says, "King of kings and Lord of lords and He shall reign forever and ever."
"Carmina Burana"
"The Magic Flute"
"The Messiah"
"La Traviata"
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"The Messiah" is a classical work created by George Handel in 1741. In the work, he begins with prophecies before ending with Christ's resurrection in Part III.

STATE CAPITALS: One of the two state capitals whose names end with the Greek word for "city."
Jefferson City
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"Polis" is the Greek word for city, and in their culture, you'll find words such as the Acropolis of Athens. You'll find "polis" at the end of the capitals of Indiana (Indianapolis) and Maryland (Annapolis.)


FAMOUS NAMES: In October 1992, the ashes of this late TV producer were flown on the space shuttle, Columbia.
Gene Roddenberry
Chuck Lorre
Ronald D. More
Mel Brooks
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Beam me up, Gene! Born in Texas, Gene Roddenberry is known for creating "Star Trek." He was the first television writer to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

THE OSCARS: Two of the five actors before Tom Hanks to win two best actor Oscars.
Brody and Crowe
Day-Lewis and DiCaprio
Hoffman and Brando
McConaughey and Whitaker
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There are only a few men who have won Best Actor twice in their careers. Others were Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gary Cooper. Hanks has been nominated five times.

SPORTS TEAMS: This professional sports team has three official mascots: Edgar, Allan & Poe.
The New England Patriots
The Baltimore Ravens
The Detroit Lions
The San Francisco 49ers
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The Baltimore Ravens is the professional NFL team for Maryland. "The Raven" is arguably Edgar Allen Poe's most famous poem. See what they did there?


MAGAZINES: Founded in 1821, it was named for its delivery time, the last mail delivery of the day.
"Friday Night Live"
"Saturday Evening Post"
"Weekend Post"
"LA Times"
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While you shouldn't expect this magazine to come monthly, the Saturday Evening Post comes out six times a year. From 1897 to 1963, it was, in fact, published weekly. The first issue ever was published on August 4, 1821.

LITERATURE: In early drafts, the heroine of this novel was named Pansy, and her family home was called Fontenoy Hall.
"Red Dust"
"Doctor Zhivago"
"Gone with the Wind"
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While the 1939 film is well known, "Gone with the Wind" was adapted from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell. She didn't publish any other novels during her lifetime.

SHAKESPEARE: Two of the four Shakespeare plays in which ghosts appear on stage.
"Romeo and Juliet" & "Othello"
"The Tempest" & "Twelfth Night"
"Hamlet" & "Macbeth"
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" & "Much Ado About Nothing"
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Shakespeare might be the most well-known writer of all time. In his masterful plays, he had a decent number of ghosts. They appeared in four plays: "Richard III," "Julius Caesar," "Hamlet" and "Macbeth."


AUTHORS: Sherwood Anderson told him, write about what "you know...that little Mississippi where you started from."
Virginia Woolf
Marcel Proust
William Faulkner
E. E. Cummings
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William Faulkner is a very famous author of the early 20th century. He is known for works such as "The Sound and the Fury" and has also won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel Prize.

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY: On July 16, 1995, this company made its first sale, a science textbook.
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Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 in Seattle, Washington. The company made its first sale in 1995 and is now the most valuable retailer in the US. It is also the world's largest cloud computing platform.

AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY: The great creator said these animals couldn't eat the fish of the river, so they fed on land at night.
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Whoa! Hippos are the third largest land-mammal. Their name also comes from the Greek words for river horse. You'll find them in the sub-Saharan region of Africa.


THE PULITZER PRIZES: The first man to win the Pulitzer Prize for his film criticism, he's lobbied for a Pulitzer Prize for the movies.
Richard Roeper
Roger Ebert
Peter Travers
Gene Siskel
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Quite possibly the most well known film critic, Roger Ebert began his career in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times. The popular critic passed in 2013.

FAMOUS AMERICANS: In 1790, this cabinet officer wrote his "Report on the Public Credit."
George Washington
John Jay
Thomas Jefferson
Alexander Hamilton
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Alexander Hamilton was the very first Secretary of the Treasury. The battle between him and Aaron Burr for Governor of New York was well known, as it ended in his death via duel.

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: Team nicknames of the eight Ivy League schools include four animals, three colors & this Christian denomination.
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There are eight Ivy League schools. The University of Pennsylvania's mascot is the Quakers, which played a huge role in Pennsylvania history. The school was founded before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


CANADA: It's the only Canadian province that is separated from the North American mainland.
Prince Edward Island
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Canada has ten provinces and three territories. While all of them are connected on the North American continent, Prince Edward Island is separated because it island.

UNIVERSITIES: The Golden Spike removed after the May 10, 1869 ceremony is now at this university.
Penn State
New York University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The Golden Spike was from the First Transcontinental Railroad and was struck into the ground by Leland Stanford. After being removed, it was moved to the university named after him, Stanford.

FAMOUS SHIPS: On Dec. 27, 1831 it departed Plymouth, England to map the coastline of South America.
H.M.S. Beagle
Santa Maria
Golden Hind
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Construction on the H.M.S. Beagle began in 1817, and it was fully constructed and ready to be launched in 1820. The South American voyage lasted from 1831-1836.


WEBSITES: A slang term for Harvard's freshman register gave this website its name.
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Facebook was founded by Harvard students and launched in 2004. Its most well-known founder is Mark Zuckerberg who had help from his classmates. Originally, you had to have a college email account to create a profile on the site.

NAME'S THE SAME: This sports superstar of 1973 bears the name of one of the 66 major organs of the United Nations.
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Secretariat was a racehorse that grew popular in the 1970s. In its races, the horse earned over $1.3 million. He won the Triple Crown and lived to the ripe old horsey age of 19.

U.S. GOVERNMENT: It's the oldest executive department of the U.S. government.
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Commerce
Department of State
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If you're looking for the office that handles foreign policy, you'd be pointed in the direction of the State Department. It was established in 1789 and originally called the Department of Foreign Affairs.


MAGAZINES: This late actor was on the July 13, July 20 & July 27, 1991 TV Guide Covers.
Lucille Ball
Mary Tyler Moore
Michael Landon
Johnny Carson
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This question originally aired on Final Jeopardy! in 1992. Michael Landon was known for roles in "Bonanza" and "Little House on the Prairie." After Lucille Ball, he has appeared on the most TV Guide covers. He passed away in 1991.

OPERAS: Operas by Rossini, Bizet & Beethoven are set in or near this city.
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Seville is a city in Spain with a population of around 700,000. "Carmen" by Bizet, "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini and "Fidelio" by Beethoven took place in the city.

EUROPEAN HISTORY: This 17th century king named his throne room the Apollo Chamber.
Henry VIII
Richard 1
Louis XIV
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One of the most popular kings in France's history, Louis XIV was often called the Sun King or Louis the Great. He reigned for 72 years beginning at the age of 4.


FAMOUS SCIENTISTS: In 1969, the N.Y. Times retracted a 1920 editorial ridiculing his claim that rockets could fly to the moon.
Albert Einstein
Marie Curie
Max Planck
Robert Goddard
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Goddard was also credited with the first rocket that used liquid fuel. He is often hailed as the man who ushered in the Space Age because he helped make spaceflight, as we know it, possible.

WORLD CITIES: According to U.N. data, it's the world's most populous city named for a person.
Santa Sofia
Sao Paolo
Pedro Carbo
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Sao Paolo is the 11th most populous city in the world. Located in Brazil, it has nearly eight million people in its metropolitan area. It's named after Saint Paul.

LITERARY FIGURES: Bono, Jim Sheridan & Liam Neeson were featured in a 2004 documentary honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of this man.
C. S. Lewis
Charles Dickens
Oscar Wilde
Mark Twain
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One of the most popular authors, Irish-born Oscar Wilde is well known for his play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," and his novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." His childhood sweetheart ended up marrying Bram Stoker (who wrote "Dracula.")


THE PLANETS: To the ancient Greeks & Romans, it was the slowest-moving planet seen from Earth.
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If you're looking for what was thought to be the slowest moving planet, you'd have to look at the second-largest which is Saturn. It is the sixth planet from the sun.

LITERATURE & FILM: Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter & Cybill Shepherd have all starred in films based on this man's works.
John Hughes
William Shakespeare
Oscar Wilde
Henry James
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Henry James was a popular author who was born in New York City. The author was known for works like 'The American" and "The Portrait of a Lady." He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times.

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