Final Jeopardy: Sociology

The Final Jeopardy question (1/8/2016) in the category “Sociology” was:

Often applied to athletes, this 2-word term popularized by Robert K. Merton refers to an example we aspire to.

3x champ Steve Belding now has won $58,801. He can be our first 4x champ since Matt Jackson if he can defeat these two players: Adam Hoskins, from Columbia, MO; and Ava Hadaway, from Hayward, CA.

Round 1: Steve found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “‘American’ Organizations” under the $1,000 clue. The player had to give the full name of the organization with American in it. He was in the lead with $4,600, $1,000 more than Ava in second place. He bet $1,000 and thought it was the American Bar Association. That was WRONG.

In the 1890s Melvil Dewey twice served as president of this organization. show

Ava finished in the lead with $4,600. Adam was second with $4,200 and Steve was last with $3,800.

Round 2: Ava found the first Daily Double in “Alexander Pope” under the $1,200 clue. She was in third place with $5,000, $8,000 less than Adam’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

Pope wrote “Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in night. God said, Let” this scientist “be, and all was light.” show

Ava went looking for and found the last Daily Double two clues later in “The 1300s” under the $1,600 clue. She was now in second place with $9,200, $3,800 less than Adam’s lead. She bet $3,000 again and thought it was Henry. That was WRONG.

In 1301 a son of the first English King of this name received the new title Prince of Wales. show

Adam finished in the lead with $14,600. Steve was next with $9,400 and Ava was in third place with $9,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Robert King Merton “brought the problem of unintended consequences to the attention of sociologists, developed the method of using focus groups, and coined many new terms and phrases that have come into common parlance, including ‘role model,’ ‘self-fulfilling prophecy,’ and ‘dysfunction.'” ( Robert King Merton)

Ava bet it all and finished with $18,000.

Steve bet $8,601. That brought him up to $18,001.

Adam bet $4,201 so he won the match with $18,801, and he will be the returning champ on Monday while we are back to waiting for a 4x champ.

FJ Results: 1-8-16

There weren’t a lot of triple stumpers in this game, but this was the first one (4th pick of the 1st round) in “Unusual Animals”

Flying Snake Clue

($800). “The flying snake can glide short distances by undulating to maintain balance as they come down and flattening the tiny plates called these on its skin.” It was a video clue and Alex Trebek gave the answer with this snarky addition: “Yeah, obvious. Afterwards.”

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “Countries of the World”

It’s the largest country in area completely south of the equator that has a female president. show

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7 Responses

  1. John says:

    Ava, looked nice! So close, but no cigar! 2nd place doesn’t cut it in Jeopardy!

  2. JEOPARDY says:

    One of the easier final jeopardy today..

    • Nullifidian says:

      Yes, it was amazingly easy, which wasn’t evident from the category. I think they tried to make it as basic as possible in order to counteract the unfamiliarity most of the general public has with the field. They could have made it significantly harder simply by focusing on certain figures or concepts in sociology. Few people in the world have heard of Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, George Herbert Mead, etc. or know what their contributions were.

  3. VJ says:

    @Ava if she happens to read this page – congrats on the Pope DD, one of my favorite poets. I put the first name in parentheses in the answer spoiler because the actual epitaph only has the last name.

  4. Dalton Higbee says:

    Still, we have no 4 or 5-time champion. We have yet to have one (as soon as possible).

  5. aaaa says:

    49/59 here.