Final Jeopardy: Humanities and History

The Final Jeopardy question (6/9/2015), in the category “Humanities and History” was:

Echoing the Morse Code for V, in WWII the BBC’s “V for Victory” campaign used this classical work as a theme.

2x champ Chris Wonderly is up to $35,600 in winnings. Today he takes on these two players: Holly Cooper, from Henderson, NV; and Phil Arevalo, originally from Springfield, VA.

Round 1: Holly found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Women in History” under the $1,000 clue before the first break. She was in second place with $2,200, $400 less than Chris in the lead. She bet $1,000 and thought it was Stanton. That was WRONG. (Stanton had just been mentioned in the $800 clue read by Ken Burns).

In 1914 she began distributing a pamphlet called “Family Limitation” that outlined her views. show

Phil finished in the lead with $4,600. Chris was second with $3,600 and Holly was last with $2,000.

Round 2: Holly found the first Daily Double in “Brit Lit” under the $800 clue on the second pick of the round. She was in third place with $2,400 now, $2,200 less than Phil’s lead. She bet $500 and didn’t know so she was WRONG.

Just because this Dickens novel has 2 consecutive “Z”s in the title doesn’t mean you will fall asleep reading it. show

Chris found the last Daily Double in “College Knowledge” under the $800 clue. He was now in the lead with $5,200 and had $600 more than Phil in second place. He bet $2,000 and said “Penn”. That was WRONG.

This Pennsylvania college opened its doors for women in 1885 but seems to frown upon the use of excessive vowels. show

Holly finished in the lead with $11,900. Phil was next with $11,800 and Chris was in third place with $10,800.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


During World War II, the opening motif of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony became a powerful symbol for the Allied forces. The short-short-short-long rhythmic pattern corresponded in Morse code to the letter ‘V’ for Victory, which was an acknowledged symbol of the war effort, most famously made by Winston Churchill forming a ‘V’ with the first and second fingers of his raised right hand…. Although it is perhaps ironic that a German piece of music became a source of solace, in particular to British troops during the bombings of England, many people relished the irony of German music providing a galvanizing force for the war effort. Beethoven was himself a champion of personal liberty and a symbol of resistance to dictatorship, turning away from Napoleon in 1804 when the latter named himself Emperor of the French.” (Music and the Holocaust)

Chris got it right. His $10,000 bet brought him up to $20,800.

Phil also got it right. He bet everything he had and finished with $23,600.

Holly did not have an answer. She lost her $6,000 bet and finished in third place with $5,900, and that means we’ve got a new champ. Congrats to Phil Arevalo. We’ll be seeing him tomorrow: same time, same station.

FJ Results: 6-9-15

Phil is a Ph.D candidate in microbiology. During the chat, Phil talked about how he got his college admission results while he was in the Amazon. His mother sent the info to the travel office in Miami. They emailed it to Peru. There it was printed out and sent to his camp on a boat.

2 years ago:: TWO of the players got this FJ in “20th Century History”

In terms of British monarchs, it’s next in the sequence seventh, fifth, eighth, sixth. show

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9 Responses

  1. Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

    Does anyone understand the logic of Holly’s $6000 bet?

  2. jacob ska says:

    Congrats Phil.

    None of us saw this coming in fj. Would like to know if knowledge of the Morse code did it or the Roman numeral V? Of course, I’ll never know. But, good solve by the guys.