Did you know that 2014 marked 50 years of Jeopardy on television?
Anyone who has spent time watching the show knows that there are myriad ways for books and literature to appear as categories. Sometimes they’re categories about bestsellers or they’re categories about language or grammar and other times, children’s literature or genre fanatics get to flex their niche knowledge muscles.
It would be nearly impossible to collect every instance of literary trivia from Jeopardy for a single blog post. But it’s not impossible to honor the show by offering up a near-comprehensive look at the bookish Final Jeopardy answers in hopes of letting literary trivia buffs put their skills to the question-making test.
All of these answers were pulled from the incredible Jeopardy fan site J-Archive. They range across all topics and genres. I’ve not included the category names since most questions can be figured out without them and in instances where that feels like a challenge, well, you get the opportunity to really show your mettle. There are repeat questions and answers, but because they’ve been phrased or worded differently, I’ve included them. It’s interesting to see what kinds of questions Jeopardy likes asking and which literary works and authors see themselves as frequent Final Jeopardy clues.
The questions are not hidden; I’ve put them directly beneath the set of answers. There are over 40 sets of answers and questions here, bound to keep even the most die-hard Jeopardy fans occupied for a few hours. Check back later this week for part two, with over 40 more sets of answers and questions.
Make your final wagers now.
Editor’s note: The post originally said the show has been on air for 30 years- this was corrected to 50 years.