Final Jeopardy: World Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (2/9/2016) in the category “World Literature” was:

It was originally published in 1915 under the German title “Die Verwandlung”, meaning “The Transformation”.

We’re looking at the second semi-final match of the 2016 Jeopardy! College Championship. Today’s contestants are Emily Bingham a senior at Wright State; Sam Deutsch, a junior at the University of Southern California; and Hannah Norem, a sophomore at Augustana.

Round 1 Categories: The Legend & Truth of Sleepy Hollow – What Kind of an Animal Are You? – 4-Syllable Words – State Capital Attractions – Geek Out – Recent Music

Hannah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “State Capital Attractions” under the $1,000 clue on the 7th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $1,800, $400 more than Sam in second place. She made it a true Daily Double and thought it was Nashville. That was WRONG.

Blue Bayou Water Park & Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park.  show

Sam finished in the lead with $3,600. Emily was second with $2,200 and Hannah was hot on her heels with $2,000.

Round 2 Categories: The 2015 Nobel Prizes – Religion – In the “Zone” – Leather – A History Lesson – Early 21st Century Cinema

Hannah found the first Daily Double in “Religion” under the $2,000 clue on the 7th pick of this round. In third place with $4,000 she had $1,600 less than Sam’s lead. She bet $3,500 and she was RIGHT.

“The Way” to spell this ancient Asian religion & philosophy?– with a “T” or a “D”. show

Emily found the last Daily Double in “2015 Nobel Prizes” under the $1,200 clue 7 clues later. She was in third place with $7,000 now, $3,300 less than Hannah’s lead. She bet $3,500 and answered “neutrons.” Close but WRONG.

The Physics prize was for the discovery that these subatomic particles oscillate & therefore actually have mass. show

Sam finished in the lead with $12,800. Hannah was next with $9,100 and Emily was in third place with $5,100.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The New Yorker has an essay about translating Kafka’s novel. Concerning the title, Susan Bernofsky says: “… Unlike the English “metamorphosis,” the German word Verwandlung does not suggest a natural change of state associated with the animal kingdom such as the change from caterpillar to butterfly. Instead it is a word from fairy tales used to describe the transformation, say, of a girl’s seven brothers into swans. But the word “metamorphosis” refers to this, too; its first definition in the Oxford English Dictionary is “The action or process of changing in form, shape, or substance; esp. transformation by supernatural means.” This is the sense in which it’s used, for instance, in translations of Ovid.”

Emily bet $4,001 bet and finished with $9,101.

Hannah bet it all. That brought her up to $18,200.

Sam bet $5,401 bet so he won the second semi-final spot with $18,201.

Final Jeopardy Results for February 9, 2016

These $2,000 clues were the last two triple stumpers in Double Jeopardy!

(Leather) This type of soft leather is named for a European mountain goat antelope whose skin was used in cleaning and shining (read by Jimmy holding the material)
(In the “Zone”) Stephen King novel and movie title

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Social Media”

The most retweeted tweet of all time happened on Nov. 6, 2012 & started with “Four” & ended with these 2 words.”. show

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14 Responses

  1. MariAngeli says:

    Niki Peters, the bet is on you.

  2. EricS says:

    Glad that there was no Magic Carpet Ride.

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    I think Sam Deutsch is gonna win Friday.

  4. VJ says:

    I wonder if yesterday’s kids would have known fire and brimstone. (It’s in the King James Bible)

    • rhonda says:

      I was surprised they didn’t know that. There was another TS right after that one that I was surprised about. Of course, I can’t remember what it was.

  5. aaaa says:

    Hannah could have won on a TS by wagering $1700 or less. 41/59 here.

  6. Richard Corliss says:

    I was hoping there would be three ladies on thursday and friday.

  7. William Weyser says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing which 1 between Ziad Ali from North Carolina State, Sarah Dubnik from The University Of Pittsburgh and Kate Laubscher from Northeastern University will join Niki and Sam in the 2-day finals, but I’m torn between Ziad and Kate, because Ziad is the lone male player in just that match and Kate is the finest looking lady out of all the other semi-finalists, in my opinion. No offense against Sarah, but I just don’t see a reason in me rooting for her. Plus, she doesn’t look like a senior at all to me.

  8. Leena says:

    Sorry, Richard. I just don’t want you outbursting like you did when Matt Jackson was a megachamp.