Final Jeopardy: American Literature

The Final Jeopardy question (6/11/2013) in the category “American Literature” was:

This 1884 novel begins in the fictional town of St. Petersburg and ends in Pikesville, 1100 miles down the Mississippi.

2-day champ, Tim Anderson who broke the latest string of one-day champs is back today. He’s won $40,001 so far. His competition today comes from: Judy Wang from Highlands Ranch, CO; and Bill Matheny from Wheeling, WV.

Tim found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Another Black Friday,” the second from last clue on the board. He was in the lead with $4,000, $600 more than Bill in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

January 13, 1939: record summer heat sparks “bushfires” that ravage million of acres in this country. show

Tim finished in the lead with $5,000. Bill was second with $3,400 and Judy was last with $2,000.

Tim found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Monroe Doctrine.” He had the lead with $7,800 now, $3,600 more than Bill in second place. He bet $1,200 and guessed the Gadsen Territory. That was WRONG.

James K. Polk cited the doctrine in getting sole control from Britain of this territory below the 49th Parallel. show

Bill found the last Daily Double in “Biology.” He was in second place with $8,200, $7,200 behind Tim’s lead. He bet $1,000, said the jawbone, and that was WRONG.

Appropriately, the name of this bone is from the Latin for “to chew”. show

Tim finished in the lead with $15,400. Bill was next with $7,200 and Judy was in third place with $2,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“From the moment it was published in 1885*, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” caused controversy. It challenged authority, poked fun at religion, and was accused of leading children astray. What’s surprising is that 125 years later Huckleberry Finn is still making news.” (CBS News: 60 Minutes)

*The novel was first published in England in Dec. 1884 and then in the USA in 1885.

Judy wrote down “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” published in 1852. She lost her $2,399 bet and finished with $1.00.

Bill wrote down “Tom Sawyer.” His Adventures were published in 1876, and he then made appearances in three more Mark Twain novels, including Huck Finn’s Adventures. Bill lost $2,300, finishing with $4,900.

Tim got it right and added $600 to his score. He won this match with $16,000 and now has a 3-day total of $56,001.

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2 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Bill should have remembered his Latin :0

  2. aaaa says:

    Bill should have risked $500 on the DD, would have been a lock tie game going into FJ! if he did, seeing that the next two clues were triple stumpers. Didn’t matter in the end because he got FJ! wrong too.