Final Jeopardy: Authors

The Final Jeopardy question (5/6/2016) in the category “Authors” was:

She wrote in her journal in 1867 that a publisher “asked me to write a girls book. Said I’d try.”

The last quarter-final match in the 2016 Teachers Tournament has arrived. Kaberi Chakrabarty, from Joliet, IL; Cory Harris, from Mystic, CT; and Bill Knuth, from East Lansing, MI. are the last 3 teachers to have a shot at a semi-finalist spot. Two of them have a better shot at a Wild Card spot than they know.

Round 1 Categories: Non-Rocket Scientists – TV Eateries – There are Strings Attached – We Appreciate “U”! – Not To Be Confused – Finish the Literary Line

Kaberi found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Non-Rocket Scientists” under the $600 clue on the 10th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $2,000, $600 more than Cory in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

In 1959 she found a 1.75-million-year-old skull at Olduvai Gorge.  show

Kaberi and Cory finished in a tie with $4,600 each. Bill was next with $1,200.

Round 2 Categories: Lights, Camera, Action Movie! – Where In the World? – Holidays – Pronunciation – Queens – My Favorite Burro

Cory found the first Daily Double in “My Favorite Burro” under the $800 clue on the 12th pick of the round. In the lead with $8,600, he had $2,800 more than Kaberi in second place. He bet $3,000 and didn’t know so he was WRONG.

Governor Bruce Babbitt was on hand for an airlift of hundreds of wild burros out of this landmark in 1981. show

Bill found the last Daily Double in “Queens” under the $2,000 clue. Two clues remained after it. He was in a second place tie with Cory. They both had $8,400, $200 less than Kaberi’s lead. He bet $1,600 and he was RIGHT.

In 1654 this nation’s Queen Christina stunned Europe when she abdicated & became a Catholic. show

Bill finished in the lead with $13,600. Kaberi was next with $8,600 and Cory was in third place with $8,400.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher in Boston, Thomas Niles, asked her to write “a book for girls.” Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868. The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters’ coming of age and is set in Civil War New England. “Jo March” was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality –a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children’s fiction.” (Louisa May

Coincidentally, Jeopardy! champ Julia Collins ran a Twitter poll last month on the favorite March sister. Jo March won by a landslide. Jo has been portrayed on film most famously by Katharine Hepburn and Winona Ryder. A grown-up Shirley Temple played her on TV once in “Little Men”, an episode in her storybook series.

Cory got it right. His $8,398 bet brought him up to $16,798.

Kaberi also had it right. She bet $3,000 and finished with $11,600.

Bill wrote down “Wilde.” He lost his $3,601 bet and finished with $9,999.

That made Cory the last semi-finalist. Kaberi and Bill are going to Washington, D.C. too — they scooped up two Wild Card spots with those scores.

Final Jeopardy Results for Friday, May 6, 2016

$19,000 Jason Sterlacci
$18,401 Chris Tempro
$17,000 Peter Buchholz
$16,798 Cory Harris
$14,800 Jill Gilbert
$11,600 Kaberi Chakrabarty
$11,000 Lauren Gilmore
$9,999 Bill Knuth
$5,000 Nicole Throckmorton

Triple stumpers
FINISH THE LITERARY LINE ($1000) “Listen to them– the children of the night. What…” These 3 words

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION MOVIE! ($1600) In “300” this Spartan king and his men face off against the Persians at Thermopylae

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Famous Books”

It was published March 26, 1830. A very popular work with the same name premiered March 24, 2011. show

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7 Responses

  1. Robert Anderson says:

    They know a lot more about TV sitcoms than they do about history. Teachers!

    • EricS says:

      Your comment is, to me, obtusely disrespectful of teachers. Generally, perhaps students would be better served if their teachers could relate to them through popular culture (e.g. sitcoms). Specifically, a primary (elementary), a Special Education, and an English teacher would likely know History as a subordinate subject. I feel it is myopic to fault someone for not sharing an intellectual focus.

  2. mimsy says:

    Bill wrote down Wilder as in Laura Ingalls, not Wilde as in Oscar

    • VJ says:

      idk, mimsy. I was going by what he wrote down, not by what Alex said. There was nothing at the end that looked like an R or like he was even attempting to add an R

  3. aaaa says:


  4. VJ says:

    I wonder if Alex Trebek keeps track of how many Bela Lugosi impressions he gets to do per month. LOL!

    Here’s a link to more triple stumpers from this match.

  5. William Weyser says:

    That means Terrie Trebilcock and Tenaya Snider, unfortunately nothing can save you now. Got to go! And Terrie with $1,300 gets to be the alternate, which is a terrible position to be in.