The Jeopardy! College Test – HOW WOULD YOU DO???

Last night was the annual contestant test for the Jeopardy! College Championship test; I know I got 39/50 – and that I’m probably not getting on the show, unfortunately. Thanks to the wonderful work of the Archivists on the Jeopardy! message board and the J! Archive (www.j-archive.com), the Test was transcribed…see how you’d do:

1. CHARACTERS IN AMERICAN LIT
He says, “I reckon I got to light out for the territory …because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me”

2. DIRECTORS
In addition to co-creating the TV show “Lost”, he directed the 2009 film “Star Trek”

3. HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES
This holiday was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1792, the 300th anniversary of an historical event

4. 6-LETTER WORDS
Facebook & MySpace are described as this type of “media” or “networks”

5. ANCIENT GREECE
The 1st great building on the Acropolis was this one built between 447-438 B.C.

6. WORLD GEOGRAPHY
Papua New Guinea is just off this country’s Cape York Peninsula

7. BESTSELLERS
Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with” this was originally written in Swedish

8. RELIGION
Martin Luther famously posted this many theses October 31, 1517

9. “D” IN SCIENCE
The material left behind by a retreating glacier, or the slow movement of the continents

10. THE MIDWEST
This St. Louis structure dominates the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

11. POP MUSIC
This no. 1 hit by Jay-Z that features Alicia Keys mentions Brooklyn & Tribeca

12. THE CIVIL WAR
Robert E. Lee called this general “my right arm” & lamented his death at Chancellorsville

13. SHAKESPEARE
In one of Shakespeare’s later works, Mamillius says, “A sad tale’s best for” this time of year

14. FASHION DESIGNERS
This designer who dressed Amy Adams at the 2010 Golden Globes was born Maria Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Nino

15. THE 50 STATES
World Book says this 48th state was “once thought to be an almost worthless desert”

16. UNITS OF MEASUREMENT
F is 96,500 coulombs, F being named for this British physicist

17. FROM THE ITALIAN
This term for the text of an opera comes from the Italian for “little book”

18. 21ST CENTURY NOVELS
This 2001 Ian McEwan novel traces the consequences of a lie told by a girl in the 1930s

19. OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
It’s the official language of Brazil

20. COMPOSERS
With only 2 movements, his Symphony No. 8 in B Minor is known as the “Unfinished”

21. EXPLORERS
Drake, Cartier & Frobisher were all seeking this “directional” gateway to the Orient

22. WHAT A CITY
This city straddles the Bosporus strait

23. ECONOMICS
U.S. monetary policy is set by the Open Market Committee of this body

24. POETRY
His poem “Death Be Not Proud” points out, “One short sleep past, we wake eternally”

25. BIRDS
At 6 feet tall & 120 pounds, it looks down on all the other birds except for the ostrich

26. THE ELEMENTS
A poison in pure form, this element used on cuts has a chemical symbol that’s a pronoun

27. “I” OPENERS
On many reality shows, the winner of a challenge may be granted this, making him or her safe until the next episode

28. AWARDS
They’ve been awarded by Columbia University since 1917

29. WORLD AUTHORS
He was born in Florence in 1265

30. U.S. ISLANDS
It extends about 120 miles east-northeast from the mouth of the Hudson River

31. COLLEGE ATHLETICS
Created in 2002, the Rockne Heritage Fund benefits student-athletes at this university

32. BROADWAY 2010
Denzel Washington stars in a revival of this August Wilson play, as ex-ballplayer Troy Maxson

33. LAWS
1 of the 2 senators whose names are on the 2002 campaign finance law overturned by the Supreme Court in 2010

34. CURRENT NONFICTION
It’s John Heilemann & Mark Halperin’s controversial chronicle of the 2008 election

35. MEDICAL HISTORY
The word vaccination comes from “vacca”, meaning this animal whose pox germs were used

36. ALSO A MAGAZINE
Proverbially, it “gathers no moss”

37. SINGERS ON FILM
This pop diva’s appearance in 2009’s “Precious” was hailed by critics & fans alike

38. THE 1930S
On March 6, 1933 FDR closed all of these in the U.S. to prevent a panic

39. VERBS
You can do it to lower someone’s spirits, or to push down a lever

40. ONLINE GAMES
It’s Yahoo!’s popular word jumble

41. AMERICAN PAINTINGS
He painted the existentialist diner scene “Nighthawks”

42. AUTHORS & THEIR WORKS
His books include “This Side of Paradise”, “The Last Tycoon” & “Tender Is the Night”

43. SYNONYMS
This word for a deep sound is also a synonym for a fight, especially by teen gangs

44. ODD JOBS
If you’re a banderillero, your job is to taunt one of these

45. RIVERS
In 1937 this Russian river’s first hydroelectric project was completed at Ivankovo

46. THE ATMOSPHERE
This allotrope of oxygen forms a layer that absorbs solar UV rays

47. THE LITERARY LIFE
Kay Ryan holds this position; her predecessors include Billy Collins & Donald Hall

48. SLOGANS
This company’s slogan is “Eat Fresh”

49. THE QUEEN
After years of confinement, she was executed in 1587 by order of her cousin Elizabeth I

50. TV COMEDY
Josh Radnor plays Ted, questing for true love on this sitcom

Answers after the jump!

1. CHARACTERS IN AMERICAN LIT
(Huckleberry) Finn

2. DIRECTORS
(J.J.) Abrams

3. HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES
Columbus Day

4. 6-LETTER WORDS
social

5. ANCIENT GREECE
Parthenon

6. WORLD GEOGRAPHY
Australia

7. BESTSELLERS
the Dragon Tattoo

8. RELIGION
95

9. “D” IN SCIENCE
drift

10. THE MIDWEST
Gateway Arch

11. POP MUSIC
“Empire State of Mind”

12. THE CIVIL WAR
(Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall”) Jackson

13. SHAKESPEARE
winter

14. FASHION DESIGNERS
(Carolina) Herrera

15. THE 50 STATES
Arizona

16. UNITS OF MEASUREMENT
(Michael) Faraday

17. FROM THE ITALIAN
libretto

18. 21ST CENTURY NOVELS
Atonement

19. OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Portuguese

20. COMPOSERS
(Franz) Schubert

21. EXPLORERS
Northwest Passage

22. WHAT A CITY
Istanbul

23. ECONOMICS
Federal Reserve

24. POETRY
(John) Donne

25. BIRDS
emu

26. THE ELEMENTS
iodine

27. “I” OPENERS
immunity

28. AWARDS
Pulitzer (Prizes)

29. WORLD AUTHORS
Dante (Alighieri)

30. U.S. ISLANDS
Long Island

31. COLLEGE ATHLETICS
(University of) Notre Dame

32. BROADWAY 2010
Fences

33. LAWS
(John) McCain or (Russ) Feingold

34. CURRENT NONFICTION
Game Change

35. MEDICAL HISTORY
cow

36. ALSO A MAGAZINE
rolling stone

37. SINGERS ON FILM
(Mariah) Carey

38. THE 1930S
banks

39. VERBS
depress

40. ONLINE GAMES
Text Twist(?)

41. AMERICAN PAINTINGS
(Edward) Hopper

42. AUTHORS & THEIR WORKS
(F. Scott) Fitzgerald

43. SYNONYMS
rumble

44. ODD JOBS
bull

45. RIVERS
Volga (River)

46. THE ATMOSPHERE
ozone

47. THE LITERARY LIFE
(U.S.) Poet Laureate

48. SLOGANS
Subway

49. THE QUEEN
Mary, Queen of Scots

50. TV COMEDY
How I Met Your Mother

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