How would you like to stun friends, family and even strangers by getting every single question on Jeopardy! right? Or, just run a few categories so as to not make things look too suspicious? Okay, here’s the caveat: you will either have to plan ahead for when a Jeopardy! rerun airs or you will have to DVR the episode while making sure that you are never home alone long enough to raise questions about your having previously viewed and memorized the episode.
The secret to looking like a genius while playing along with “Jeopardy!” at home lies in becoming acquainted with a website called J! Archive .
J! Archive is the go-to site on the web to quite literally learn every single “answer” and its “correlating” question that has aired on the show since its re-introduction under the guidance of host Alex Trebek. At J! Archive you can discover everything from the very first clue on the board of the very first “Jeopardy!” show hosted by Alex Trebek when the game show made its successful return to the airwaves to yesterday’s Final Jeopardy! (The very first clue on the board was “River mentioned most in the Bible.” Look for answer below.)
The J! Archive is definitely the most useful web site on the internet for anyone looking to find out the answer to “Jeopardy!” shows. The reasons listed for wanting to find out this information could range from the disappointment at your local station having pre-empted the broadcast due to breaking coverage of extreme weather to fact-checking a mistake you think you’ve caught to conducting predictive statistical analysis in preparation for actually appearing on the show yourself. Ever wonder if there is any definable pattern to the recurrence of popular categories on Final Jeopardy? Just type in the name of any category that has ever appeared in any round of any “Jeopardy!” episode during Trebek’s reign and you are well on your way to finding out.
When it comes to preparing to take the test to become a contestant on “Jeopardy!” there may well be no better resource available. I first took the test back in the late 1980s when you had to wait for the show to appear somewhere in your area and actually make the pilgrimage to a great big convention room along with hundreds of others. I did not get past the first round as a result I still hate an opera composer named Gounod. Today the test is take online, which only enhances the value of studying the J! Archive. The key to passing the “Jeopardy!” tests is not just located in knowing a lot of trivia; you must also get a feel for how the questions (or answers) are phrased. By meticulously going over every single question aired on “Jeopardy!” since 1984 you can arrive ready for the “Jeopardy!” contestant quiz as never before.
Another good thing about the J! Archive that makes it a worthwhile addition to your internet bookmarks is that it actually could come in quite handy for other tests. Standardized tests to get into college or get out of high school all bear a resemblance to the structure of the “Jeopardy!” Rote memory is the name of the game when it comes to scoring big on standardized test, but those that nail this type of testing are those who benefit from recognizing the presence of well-disguised but ever-present hints within the structure of the question. Recognition of semantic hints within the formulation of both answers and categories is also one of the most effective qualities you can possess for becoming a multiple winner on “Jeopardy!” While “Jeopardy!” is not multiple choice on the TV game show itself, the questions do contain hints related to category and phrasing that are quite analogous to multiple choice or True/False questions such as you find on worthless scraps of paper like Florida’s FCAT test.
Anyone who lives for “Jeopardy!” probably is already aware of the J! Archive, but if you are not yet familiar, you should become so. The potential for utilizing the massive amount of information at your disposal is, as stated, almost bottomless when it comes to preparing for watching an episode with others for the purpose of impressing them with your widespread accumulation of knowledge.
Answer: The Jordan.