Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bucket List #6 - Step 1

Every January I take the Jeopardy! online test. It's 50 questions. They are very mum about minimum scores, but I've always heard from message boards that 35 is the thresh hold. Yet it's not set in stone because they need a certain number of people to move on, so they invite the top 500 (or however many) to the next round. Depending on the difficulty of the test, the top 500 could all be in the 40s or in the upper 20s. Nevertheless 35 is a good benchmark.

The test was Tuesday night. It allows 15 seconds to read and respond to each question, so consulting Google isn't an option. I had Bill on the phone, however, and he gave me a few.

Here are the questions (someone wrote down and posted on a Jeopardy! fan board). By my count, we got 37 right. Keep your fingers crossed for a call back!!!!

1. AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
In 1967 this great-grandson of a slave joined the Supreme Court

2. TV TITLE ROLES
Julianna Margulies plays attorney Alicia Florrick on this show

3. STAMP COLLECTING
First sold in 1840, the “Penny Black” & the “Two Penny Blue” both featured this person

4. SHORT STORY WRITERS
He spun the tale of “Rip Van Winkle” around 1820

5. LAKES & RIVERS
It flows through the entire length of New Mexico & forms part of its border with Texas

6. THE INTERNET
Google owns this website of uploaded content founded in February 2005

7. ANATOMY
The primary vessel for carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body is this largest artery

8. NATIONAL PARKS
A third of Miami-Dade County is located in this national park

9. 9-LETTER WORDS
It's a word meaning 2 weeks

10. SHAKESPEARE
This history play starts with the “winter of our discontent” speech

11. COUNTRY MUSIC
This “American Idol” winner took over from Faith Hill singing the “Sunday Night Football” theme

12. POTENT POTABLES
Rum brand named for a man who was born in Wales & died in Jamaica

13. QUEENS OF FRANCE
This 16th century Medici queen of France was the great-granddaughter of Lorenzo the Magnificent

14. FISHY ANAGRAM
ROLE FUND

15. BALLET MOVES
A full turn of the body on one foot, it's from the Middle French for “spinning top”

16. HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES
In the U.S. this holiday is observed on the 2nd Sunday in May

17. FROM PAGE TO STAGE
This musical that debuted in 1964 was based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem

18. STATE OF THE UNION
In the Civil War its 187th Volunteers were the “Keystone Brigade”

19. THE OLYMPICS
This city hosted the Oiympics during the Depression & again 52 years later

20. ANCIENT ANIMALS
This extinct flying reptile's name is from the Greek for “wing finger”

21. TRANSPORTATION
In Europe it extends underwater for 31 miles from Folkestone to Sangatte

22. ENDS WITH “O”
The jargon of a profession or field of study

23. MCPEOPLE
She co-wrote the film adaptation of her novel “Waiting To Exhale”

24. NEWSPAPERS
This Maryland newspaper was founded back in 1837

25. THE PERIODIC TABLE
Cu is the symbol for this element

26. FOR THE BIRDS
The Adelie type of this bird builds nests from pebbles

27. THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Crassus, Pompey & Julius Caesar formed the “first” one in 60 B.C.

28. COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE
This Provo, Utah university was founded in 1875

29. 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE
In 1729 he presented “A Modest Proposal”

30. RECENT HITMAKERS
In 2008 this singer from the West Indies visited “Disturbia”

31. FROM THE GREEK
It's from the Greek for “five-angled”

32. BOOKS INTO MOVIES
This 1985 Orson Scott Card novel came to the big screen in 2013

33. WORLD CAPITALS
It's the capital of Libya

34. LEGALESE
It's the willful giving of false testimony under oath

35. THE BIBLE
Get out! It's the second book of The Bible

36. MEDIEVAL TIMES
King Harald II was killed at this battle in 1066

37. POETS & POETRY
This 3-named poetess wrote, “It is enough to bear / This image still and fair”

38. SCIENTISTS
In 1831 he got his Cambridge degree & set out on the H.M.S. Beagle

39. U.S. CITIES
This state capital's seal shows a phoenix, symbolizing its rebuilding after the Civil War

40. KIDDY LIT
The narrator did not like this Seuss-ian title breakfast “here or there”

41. ANYONE FOR DESSERT?
Ice cream & cake topped with browned meringue is “baked” this state

42. THE GREEK GODDESS
She was born dressed in armor & had no mother, so she sprang from Zeus' head

43. LONG-RUNNING TV
This Mark Harmon drama debuted in 2003 & is still on today

44. NOVELISTS
In 1826 he published “The Last of the Mohicans”

45. MY STARS!
Appropriately, this “dog star” is in Canis Major

46. HISTORIC WORLD LEADERS
He led Russia during WWII

47. TECH COMPANIES
This brand makes the Pentium Processor 967

48. OH, CANADA
On Burrard Inlet, Vancouver is in this Canadian province

49. FEMALE AUTHORS
Aliens, not vampires, helped this author stay on the bestseller lists with her novel “The Host”

50. BEFORE & AFTER
1980s sportswear designer who was used as an immigration center near the Statue of Liberty

No comments:

Post a Comment