Final Jeopardy: French Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (5/21/2013) in the category “French Literature” was:

An article about improved transportation, including the opening of the Suez Canal, inspired this 1873 novel.

New champ Paul Curcio defeated a 3x champ yesterday, winning $19,103 Today he takes on these two players: Rachel Eastwood from Denver, CO; and Nate Mull from East Brunswick, NJ.

Rachel found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Men at Work.” She was in third place with $2,000, $3,400 behind Paul’s lead. She bet $1,500 and she was RIGHT.

In 1921, the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the U. of Copenhagen instituted this man as director. show

Paul finished in the lead with $6,400. Rachel was second with $4,300 and Nate was last with $3,400.

Nate found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “The Cold Wars.” He was in the lead with $8,600, $200 more than Paul in second place. He bet $2,000 and guessed “The Battle of Stalingrad.” That was WRONG.

Lasting from December 16, 1944 to January 16, 1945, this critical WWII battle was fought in freezing mist & snow. show

Paul found the last Daily Double in “Psych 101.” He was in second place with $10,400, still $200 behind Nate’s lead. He bet $2,600, and he was RIGHT.

In 2011, a new book revealed that the woman who inspired this book & TV movie faked her multiple personalities. show

Paul finished in the lead with $19,000. Nate was next with $12,600 and Rachel was in third place with $10,700.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Inspired by the opening of the Suez Canal and railroads in America and India, Verne posited the greatest of literary bets: Could a man circumnavigate the globe in ‘just’ 80 days? The resulting fictional serial-turned-novel so enthralled readers, bets were waged around the world as to its eventual outcome.” (Denver Post)

Jules Verne’s novel has inspired numerous films, novels, board games, plays and cartoons. And — quelle surprise — Alex didn’t seize the opportunity to give us the French name of the novel, which is “Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours.”

Rachel got it right and her $9,300 bet brought her up to $20,000.

Nate wrote down “Thaïs ” (by Anatole France, pub. 1890). He lost his $6,000 bet and wound up with $6,600.

Paul wrote down “Les Miserables” (by Victor Hugo, pub. 1862). He lost $6,497 and landed in second place with $12,503.

So for the second day in a row, we have a new champion, Rachel Eastwood.

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2 Responses

  1. Rachel Barron says:

    Rachel, this is the other Rachel.. Thought I’d tell you I remembered to Watch. Great Job!

  2. rachelofcyberia says:

    Hi I’m the Rachel who won! The show was preempted for news on the Oklahoma tornado so all my family and friends who gathered to see it couldn’t! If anyone knows of a link to the show, I’d appreciate it.