Final Jeopardy: Shakespeare
The Final Jeopardy question (2/6/2015), in the category “Shakespeare” was:
After England, more Shakespeare plays are set in this present-day country than in any other.
The last quarter-final match of the 2015 Teachers’ Tournament has arrived. The teachers competing today are: Jay Singleton, from Waynesboro, Virginia; Kate La Riviere-Gagner, from Starksboro, VT; and Adam Elkana-Hale, from St. Louis, MO.
Round 1: Kate found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Bad Poetry About Poets” under the $1,000 clue. She was in second place with $3,400, $1,600 less than Adam’s lead. She bet $1,600 and thought it was Shakespeare. That was WRONG.
My big number is 600 / Somehow I rhymed it with “blunder’d” / as a rhyme not very cool / but they teach my stuff in school. show
Adam finished in the lead with $6,400. Kate was second with $2,800 and Jay was last with $1,800.
Round 2: Adam found the first Daily Double in “The Middle Ages” under the $1,600 clue. He was in the lead with $7,600, $4,600 ahead of Jay in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.
In the craft guilds of the Middle Ages, these craftsmen came between masters & apprentices. show
Kate found the last Daily Double in “Official State Symbols” under the $2,000 clue. In third place with $5,600, she had $10,600 less than Adam’s lead. She bet $1,400 and guessed the Suwannee. That was WRONG.
Indiana’s official state river, it’s also in the title of the state song. show
Adam finished in the lead with $17,000. Kate was next with $9,000 and Jay was in third place with $8,600.
TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“Shakespeare could have written The Merchant of Ventnor and Two Gentlemen of Virginia Water. He might have chosen to set The Taming of the Shrew in Chipping Campden and Much Ado About Nothing in Penzance. Instead, he gave these and eight of his other plays an Italian background. Why did the country so fascinate him? … According to Francesco [Da Mosto], ‘Shakespeare has two Italys. One is related to the country of his own time and its cities such as Venice, Padua and Verona; the other is Ancient Rome, which allowed him– through plays like Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus– to describe the political situation in England without getting into trouble with the authorities there. That is his great game, to write about things which would have got him put in prison if he had approached them directly.'” (Shakespeare in Italy)
Also, here is a map of Shakespearean locales (plays with multiple settings appear more than once)
Jay wrote down Italy, then crossed it out. Forgetting the clue’s beginning, he began to write down England but ran out of time. That cost him everything because he bet it all. Ouch!
Kate got it right. She doubled her score to $18,000.
Adam also got it and bet $1,001, bringing him up to a dollar more than Kate and making him the winner of the last semi-final spot.
Here are the the semi-finalists and Wild Cards competing next week:
$21,200 – Colin O’Grady
$18,800 – Jennifer Giles
$18,001 – Adam Elkana-Hale
$17,800 – Eric Hack
$13,400 – Lydia Cuffman
$18,000 – Kate La Riviere-Gagner
$12,600 – Erin McLaughlin
$9,000 – Mary Bayer
$4,600 – Cathy Farrell
2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “American Literature”
In the first chapter of this 1939 novel, “When the night came again, it was black night, for the stars could not pierce the dust.” show