Can you solve these real 'Jeopardy!' clues about college?
You can admit it: you’ve dreamt about appearing on “Jeopardy!,” chumming it up with Alex Trebek in between commercial breaks or joining Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer on historic win streaks, racking up millions of dollars along the way.
What would you do, though, if a category about college came up during your “Jeopardy!” appearance? Would you wilt under the spotlight and become frozen with your hand unable to press the buzzer? Or would you shoot to the top of the class, nailing a clean sweep of a category and leaving your competitors in your dust?
Using 2019 data from J! Archive, a fan-compiled database, Stacker compiled 50 clues about college from recent “Jeopardy!” shows. Each clue includes actual phrasing used from a recent “Jeopardy!” episode, with the category, value, and date the episode aired. Clues are a mix of college traditions, sports, subjects, and locations of varying difficulty. (Sorry folks, but no real money will be awarded for right answers, but feel free to tabulate at home).
Are you an ace at naming the Ivy League schools? How about the characters from “Animal House?” How much do you know about pre-law students, the ACT, or what a bursar’s office actually does? Questions involving those characteristics and much more can be found in the ensuing slide show, as we’re quite sure the following quiz has enough of a grab bag to confuse the proudest of Ph.D. students.
The fall semester may be over, but don’t put the pencils away permanently. Click through to see if you can solve these real “Jeopardy!” clues about college, although we’re sad to report no credits can be earned for acing this test. And just like your final exams, no cheating!
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- Clue: This eight-team college football league has Lions & Tigers & Bears, oh my! (& Quakers, too).
- Category: YOUR HUDDLED MASSES
- Value: $200
- Date episode aired: May 2, 2018
What is the Ivy League?
Bulldogs, Crimson, Big Green, and Big Red are the other four Ivy League school nicknames, representing Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Cornell, respectively. The Ivy League began conference play in 1956. Harvard-Yale is one of the league’s most intense rivalries, but during the 2019 game, play was delayed when student protesters stormed onto the field to voice opinions on climate change.
- Clue: It may be Greek to you, but this type of organization for female college students gets is name from the Latin for "sister."
- Category: WORD ORIGINS
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Nov. 9, 2018
What is a sorority?
Several sororities claim to be the first in the U.S., but according to “Town & Country,” Gamma Phi Beta was the first to call itself a sorority. Some of the most well-known politicians, entertainers, and business leaders tout their times spent in sororities as life-building experiences, despite some of the film industry’s broad portrayal of sorority life.
- Clue: Two basic types of college courses are the seminar & this, basically the professor speaking to a large group.
- Category: 7-LETTER WORDS
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: Nov. 22, 2019
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What is a lecture?
As the college lecture became more prevalent on campuses in the early 1900s, some critics voiced displeasure over this method of instruction. Today, though, it is not uncommon for guest lecturers to become popular throughout a semester, with politicians, business leaders, and even celebrities entering the classroom.
- Clue: Representing more than 6,000 schools, this organization had "Entrance Examination" in its name when it started in 1900.
- Category: ORGANIZATIONS
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Nov. 8, 2019
What is the College Board?
The College Board’s most famous creation is the SAT, the widely used test that factors into college-admission decisions. The College Board has also run Advanced Placement high school courses since 1955, courses that if completed successfully can be used for college credit.
- Clue: The style and irreverence of "Harvard Lampoon" had a huge impact in the '70s when alums Doug Kenney and Henry Beard found "National Lampoon" and Doug co-wrote this very popular college comedy film.
- Category: THE HARVARD LAMPOON
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Nov. 4, 2019
What is “Animal House?”
John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Kevin Bacon, and Donald Sutherland were just a few of the actors to play a role in “Animal House.” In particular, Belushi’s character “Bluto” made a simple sweatshirt an iconic piece of apparel that can be found in plenty of dorm rooms today. A planned sequel never came to fruition, though.
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