Final Jeopardy: Eras in U.S. History

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (5/17/2017) in the category “Eras in U.S. History” was:

On April 11, 1865 Abraham Lincoln spoke of “the mode, manner, and means of” this, which he would not live to see.

The last semi-final of the 2017 Teachers Tournament has arrived. The last 3 players with a chance to get in the finals are: Mary Parker (QF #2), from Roger, AR; Michael Camp (QF #4), from Chicago, IL; and Holly Cannon (QF #5), from Klein, TX.

Round 1 Categories: A 5-Star School Lunch – The Map of Canada – Mythology – Tom Hanks Movie Quotes – Word Origins – ‘Allo, Current Governor

Michael found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Tom Hanks Movie Quotes” under the $800 clue, with just one clue left after it. He was in second place with $4,000, $1,000 less than Mary’s lead. He bet $1,000 and took a guess with “Big.” That was WRONG.

“Why couldn’t Jesus have been a father & still been capable of all those miracles?” show

The round ended right there. Mary was in the lead with $5,000. Michael and Holly were tied with $3,000 each.

Round 2 Categories: Women of Music – Organizations – I Love Literature – Math, Now… – I Need Some Tudor-ing – I Got 3 As!

Holly found the first Daily Double in “Organizations” under the $1,600 clue with 7 clues left after it. Before proceeding, a reversal (see below) gave Mary a jump from $5,800 to lead with $8,200. Michael was second with $6,600 now and Holly was in third place with $4,600. Holly bet $2,600 but could not come up with a name so she was WRONG.

The organization of these bereaved mothers of armed service members dates back to 1928. show

We didn’t get to the last Daily Double. It was under one of the last 2 clues in “Tudor-ing.”

Mary finished in the lead with $12,200. Michael was next with $6,600 and Holly was in third place with $3,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Lincoln’s last speech is reprinted at Abraham Lincoln Online. The phrase in the clue, “the mode, manner, and means of reconstruction,” is in the last sentence of the 2nd paragraph. For contemporary newspaper reactions to the speech and more, read Lincoln’s Final Appeal.

Holly got it right. She doubled her score to $6,400.

Michael came up with “unification.” He lost $4,600 and finished with $2,000.

Mary also got it right. She bet $1,500 and won the last finalist spot with $13,700. She joins David Clemmons and Nan Cohen in the next 2 matches when they will duke it out to win the $100K grand prize.

Final Jeopardy (5/17/2017) Sculpture

Reversal on I GOT 3 As! ($1200) Any big waterfall — Cataract was the response they were after initially. Alex said Mary’s response of “Niagara” was found to be synonymous with any big waterfall. She was awarded $2,400.

A triple stumper from the last round:

I LOVE LITERATURE ($2000) In the ’60s this controversial novelist wrote journalistic works like “Miami and the Siege of Chicago”

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

The “N” in the I.N.R.I. written on the Christian cross refers to this place. show

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14 Responses

  1. Richard Corliss says:

    When is today’s final jeopardy category and scores gonna come up?

  2. mimsy says:

    VJ, was this the only semi-final game where they didn’t finish the boards off?

  3. Dalton Higbee says:

    Tough game for the players today.

  4. jacob ska says:

    Interesting that 3 English teachers made it into the semi-finals and 2 made it to the finals. Mary is a French and English teacher.

    My money is on Nan to win it all on Friday.

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    In order:
    David Clemmons ($27,600)
    Nan Cohen ($23,601)
    Mary Parker ($13,700)

    • William Weyser says:

      Only Mary has the advantage of playing 3 different games at 3 different podiums.