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Practice Test for This Week's Real Thing

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This sample test is based on questions that have appeared on online tests over the past few years. Most of these are Jeopardy perennials; typically, however, 15 to 20 percent of each year's questions fall into the current events/pop culture category.

NOVELS BY CHARACTER. Ralph, Piggy, Jack Merridew.
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Lord of the Flies.
GADGETS. The first generation of this popular Apple product was released in 2007.
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iPhone.
#1 SINGLES. “Sorry” and “Love Yourself”, by this male artist, both topped the Billboard Hot 100 this year.
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Justin Bieber.
POTENT POTABLES. The recipe for “Lynchburg Lemonade” calls for this brand of whiskey.
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Jack Daniel’s.
THE EDITORIAL PAGE. An 1897 editorial in the New York Sun assured this little girl that “Yes…there is a Santa Claus”.
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Virginia.
ANIMALS. This marsupial “from hell” is named after an island.
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Tasmanian Devil.
TO THE MOON! This Galilean moon of Jupiter has a two-letter name.
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Io.
POKER. The last hand this Old West folk hero played, aces and eights, is called the “Dead Man’s Hand”.
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Wild Bill Hickok.
EPONYMS. This librarian developed a numbering system that is still widely used in public libraries.
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(Melvil) Dewey.
RHYME TIME. A tax imposed on Corvette, Camaro, and Cruze autos.
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Chevy levy.
THE SUPREME COURT. The Court has been one justice short since the death of this man in February.
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(Antonin) Scalia.
AIRPORTS. Frederic Chopin Airport serves this European capital.
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Warsaw.
PATRIOTIC TUNES. In 1895, a visit to Pikes Peak inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write this song.
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“America the Beautiful”.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMERS. This 3-letter group “straight outta Compton” was inducted in 2016.
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N.W.A.
THE PERIODIC TABLE. This element’s symbol comes from ferrum, the Latin word for it.
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Iron.
DOWN BY THE RIVER. Three national capitals starting with "B"—Belgrade, Bratislava, and Budapest—are located on this river.
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Danube.
FROM BOOK TO FILM. Emilia Clarke stars as a caregiver in the film adaptation of this 2012 Jojo Moyes novel.
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Me Before You.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS. This Revolutionary War patriot said, “I regret that I have but one life to give to my country”.
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(Nathan) Hale.
SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDIES. She was King Lear’s youngest daughter, and the only one of the three to stay loyal to him.
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Cordelia.
THE NBA. The Golden State Warriors won a record 73 games in the regular season, but bowed to this team in the Finals.
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Cleveland Cavaliers.
STATE NICKNAMES. It is the “Equality State.”
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Wyoming.
ON BROADWAY. In July, Javier Munoz replaced Lin-Manuel Miranda as the lead in this Broadway hit.
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Hamilton.
AFRICAN GEOGRAPHY. This desert covers much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa.
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Kalahari.
FLOWERY VERSE. In Flanders Field, these flowers “blow beneath the crosses row on row”.
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Poppies.
ARCHITECTS. This man designed Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum and Seattle’s Experience Music Project.
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(Frank) Gehry.
LATIN 101. This Roman general’s best-known work begins “Gaul, taken as a whole, is divided into three parts.”
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Julius Caesar.
LAST NAME’S THE SAME. Governor of California, author of The Da Vinci Code, “Godfather of Soul”.
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Brown.
THEY DIED IN 2016. This actor played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.
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(Alan) Rickman.
CORPORATE MASCOTS. Peanuts’ “Snoopy” is the spokesdog for this insurance company.
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MetLife.
“C” IN ASTRONOMY. This “division” between Saturn's A and B rings is caused by the gravitational pull of its moon Mimas.
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Cassini.
SICKNESS AND HEALTH. The Epstein-Barr virus is a leading cause of this “kissing disease”.
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Mononucleosis.
WORLD RELIGIONS. Kalki will be the last avatar of this Hindu god.
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Vishnu.
HEADS OF STATE. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of this country, survived a coup attempt this summer.
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Turkey.
NUMBER, PLEASE. These three letters--in this order--spell out the Roman numerals for 509 and the French word for “ten”.
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DIX.
PLANT PESTS. This Japanese plant has become an invasive species in the South.
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Kudzu.
BEFORE AND AFTER. South Carolina’s senior senator becomes a key ingredient of a s'more.
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Lindsay Graham cracker.
TV SERIES. This HBO fantasy series, now in its seventh season, is based on the novels of George R.R. Martin.
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Game of Thrones.
SUPERHEROES. He’s the alter ego of Bruce Banner, a reclusive physicist.
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The Hulk.
FRESH FRUIT. Baldwin, Winesap, and Northern Spy are varieties of this fruit.
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Apple.
PHILOSOPHERS. The phrase “God is dead” is attributed to this philosopher, but was actually spoken by Zarathustra.
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(Fredrich) Nietzsche.
BODY PARTS. Frontal, parietal, and occipital are lobes of this organ.
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The brain.
MODERN ARTISTS. This American painter and printmaker is best known for his paintings of flags.
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(Jasper) Johns.
MEDIEVAL LITERATURE. In The Divine Comedy, this woman guided Dante through the spheres of Heaven.
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Beatrice (Portinari).
NATIONAL CAPITALS. Amman is the capital of this Middle Eastern country.
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Jordan.
WAR IS HELL. This 5th century B.C. war was fought between Athens and an alliance headed by Sparta.
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Peloponnesian War.
ACTORS. His portrayal of transgendered Maura Pfefferman has won him back-to-back Emmy Awards.
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(Jeffrey) Tambor.
THE OLYMPICS. This American swimmer holds the all-time record for most individual gold medals won.
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(Michael) Phelps.
HUMAN AILMENTS. This syndrome results from an extra copy of chromosome number 21.
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Down syndrome.
CROSSWORD CLUES “B” (6 letters). This tree, Ficus benghalensis, is the national tree of India.
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Banyan.
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS. By tradition, the nominating process begins with caucuses in this state.
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Iowa.
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34 for me :'(

Thanks for putting this together.

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The practice test was a fun exercise, so thank you for assembling it. Whether for those who need it or those who are fortunate enough to not need it I think it's always worthwhile to to go through the questions.

I would say there is nothing crazy hard and out of place that needs to be tossed, so that is a good thing.

Format-wise my preference is just the clues in one post and the answers in one straight shot in a second post. Doing 50-spoiler boxes? Okay, then. It's your time.

44.5 right is within my typical range. The actor's first name without his surname I'll blame on the local heat wave as I should still have enough marbles left to recall the great actor's full name. :oops:

Losing a couple of 50/50/90s and not having current events as a strength is all my fault.

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42 for me, with a stupid mistake on the French/Latin clue.
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MarkBarrett wrote: Format-wise my preference is just the clues in one post and the answers in one straight shot in a second post. Doing 50-spoiler boxes? Okay, then. It's your time.
Highlight text to go in spoiler. If it's on its own line, even faster: align cursor at start, Shift+end. Click spoiler button above text box. Not that much extra time, maybe two minutes, three tops, for all 50.

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Good quiz - thanks for doing this. 42 right while I have a headache is pretty good for me - I might have been able to pull another one or two on a better day, and that is around what I score on the "for real" one.

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Isn't Vienna also on the Danube? Four capitals.
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triviawayne wrote:Isn't Vienna also on the Danube? Four capitals.
Point taken. I was entranced by the symmetry of the three "B" capitals. I'll fix the question.

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Good test. I got 39/50, which is probably borderline these days.

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OSXpert wrote:34 for me :'(

Thanks for putting this together.
My pleasure.

I'd rate my test as somewhat tougher than the actual tests I've seen from Jeopardy. Trying to figure out what current events/pop culture questions will come up is a crapshoot.

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Fun Quiz! I really enjoyed going through it even though I won't be test-taking (I think my days of being competitive have flown by). And I didn't do so well with the pop culture ones...

Thanks for putting this together. I'm sure it will help test-takers prepare ---- and is also a fun thing for anyone to peruse. :D

And Good luck to all test-takers next week!!!

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Well done! Here's a bonus:

Pike's Peak, Finnegan's Wake, and Howard's End
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Things that shouldn't have apostrophes

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opusthepenguin wrote:Well done! Here's a bonus:

Pike's Peak, Finnegan's Wake, and Howard's End
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Things that shouldn't have apostrophes
Around here, grocery stores use the apostrophe to warn that an "s" is coming ("Grape's: $1.29/bunch"). Drives me up a wall. And don't even get me started about people who use the dollar sign and "dollars".

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The "Number Please" clue probably needs to be reworded so it could be answered in the form of a question (even though that's not required here). Maybe "These Roman numerals for...." or "spell out this, the French word..."?

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Blue Lion wrote:
opusthepenguin wrote:Well done! Here's a bonus:

Pike's Peak, Finnegan's Wake, and Howard's End
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Things that shouldn't have apostrophes
Around here, grocery stores use the apostrophe to warn that an "s" is coming ("Grape's: $1.29/bunch"). Drives me up a wall. And don't even get me started about people who use the dollar sign and "dollars".
I usually see that at 8pm at night.
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Magna wrote:The "Number Please" clue probably needs to be reworded so it could be answered in the form of a question (even though that's not required here). Maybe "These Roman numerals for...." or "spell out this, the French word..."?
I think I fixed the wording. Thanks for pointing that out.

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42 here. Dem fine game tyvm! Fun review. Here's a funny puzzler, "Before & After Triple Play":

Three authors emerge from The Jungle, take a wrong turn onto Main Street and pick up Alice on an Adventure in Wonderland:
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Upton Sinclair Lewis Carroll
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42 here, and I did find it a little tougher than the typical online test.

My most frustrating miss was
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NWZ for NWA.
Also had
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Idaho instead of Wyoming for the "equality state."
I didn't remember
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Me Before You.
I had
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The Help
on that one.

The
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last avatar of Vishnu
question was actually asked on the show in 2015, and was valued at $1,000 in the single-J round.

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goatman wrote:42 here. Dem fine game tyvm! Fun review. Here's a funny puzzler, "Before & After Triple Play":

Three authors emerge from The Jungle, take a wrong turn onto Main Street and pick up Alice on an Adventure in Wonderland:
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Upton Sinclair Lewis Carroll
Wait, wait. How about Cole Porter musical about a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who hooks up with three authors who emerge from The Jungle, take a wrong turn onto Main Street and pick up Alice on an Adventure in Wonderland where they all get made fun of by the guy who played Archie Bunker?
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Kiss Me Kate Upton Sinclair Lewis Carroll O'Connor

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goatman wrote: Three authors emerge from The Jungle, take a wrong turn onto Main Street and pick up Alice on an Adventure in Wonderland:
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Upton Sinclair Lewis Carroll
How long before we see Quadruple Rhyme Time on Jeopardy? I predict we'll see it on SHC within the next two years because the boardies are so diabolical.

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