Final Jeopardy: Characters in Shakespeare

The Final Jeopardy question (5/7/2013) in the category “Characters in Shakespeare” was:

This character said to represent Shakespeare’s philosophy has a name that means “fortunate” in Latin.

It’s Day 2 of the quarter-final College Championship matches. Today’s students are: Kristen Jolley, a Georgia Tech senior from Alpharetta, GA; Daniel Donohue, a Northwestern junior from Arlington Heights, IL; and Jim Coury, a Georgetown sophomore from Olmsted Falls, OH.

Daniel found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Emerson.” He was in the lead with $3,200, $600 more than Jim in second place. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

Emerson helped start this literary movement in New England with his 1836 work “Nature.” show

Daniel finished in the lead with $6,400. Jim was second with $4,400 and Kristen was last with $2,200.

Daniel found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Physiology.” He had the lead with $8,000 now, $3,600 more than Jim in second place. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

This tube that splits into 2 bronchi widens & lengthens slightly with each breath taken in. show

Kristen found the last Daily Double in “U.S. Volcanoes.” She was in second place with $11,400, $2,000 less than Daniel’s lead. She bet $2,000, guessed Mauna Kea but that was WRONG.

It’s on the southeastern flank of Mauna Loa & its name means “spewing” in Hawaiian. show

Daniel finished in the lead with $15,400. Jim was next with $14,800 and Kristen was in third place with $11,000.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Tempest” is believed to have been written around 1610 or 1611. On Wikipedia’s disambiguation page for the name, you’ll see a number of men who bore the “fortunate” name well before Shakespeare chose it for the name of the protagonist of his play. The French version, Prosper, was around before the play, too.

Kristen got it right and bet $8,000. She finished with $19,000.

Jim also got it and he bet $5,201 so he finished with $20,001.

Daniel wrote down Benvolio, which means “good will.” He bet $1,401 so he ended up with $14,000.

So Jim Coury is the second quarter-finalist and tomorrow we’ll start putting up the wild card standings. Right now, it’s looking good for Kristen and Daniel.

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  1. john blahuta says:

    not to mention Julia with her 16.400 from yesterday….!