Can you solve these real 'Jeopardy!' clues about world history?
Although it’s quite difficult to travel right now given the restrictions on various countries, we’ll try to cure your wanderlust with a quiz that takes you on a virtual trip around the globe. Questions related to geography and countries of the world are some of the most regularly used categories on “Jeopardy!” so we took advantage of that library of information to bring you the ins and outs of places like small European countries and recently independent African nations.
Stacker dug into years of past “Jeopardy!” questions, which are memorialized in the Jeopardy! Archive and constantly updated (through June 2020, when the most recent season concluded), to compile the following list of 25 “Jeopardy!” questions about countries around the world. Each question includes the clue, category, value, and date the episode aired, followed by the answer in standard “Jeopardy!” format.
A good grasp of flags, borders, and history will help you throughout this quiz. For example, do you know which country doesn’t have a rectangular flag—and what its shape represents? What about the African country in the Sahara Desert that is neighbors with Chad and Mali? Or the country President John F. Kennedy visited on the same day a huge volcano erupted? Stacker has included those clues and more in this comprehensive quiz to get you ready for the 37th season of “Jeopardy!”
Click through to see if you’re as worldly as you think. You’ll have to know more than just the basics of big countries like the U.S., Germany, and Japan (none of which are included within this quiz). That means an understanding of New Zealand prime ministers, Norwegian tunnels, and the richness of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains are more apropos for this test of countries.
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- Clue: Chad to its east, Mali to its west
- Category: ESTABLISHING SOME BORDERS
- Value: $1600
- Date episode aired: Feb. 20, 2020
Answer #1: What is Niger?
More than two-thirds of Niger lies within the Sahara Desert, making it one of the hottest countries in the world. The Niger River is a primary source of freshwater for much of Niger, a country known for uranium production.
- Clue: Citizens of this country can request retired flags flown at the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill—the wait list exceeds 100 years
- Category: CAPTURE THE FLAG
- Value: $600
- Date episode aired: March 23, 2020
Answer #2: What is Canada?
Up until the 1960s, Canada still used the Union Jack on its national flag. The current “Maple Leaf” flag was made official by Queen Elizabeth II on Jan. 28, 1965. Many Canadians consider the maple leaf a “symbol of pride, courage, and loyalty.”
- Clue: The Patagonian cavy is usually found in this country
- Category: 4 LEGS, 1 CLUE
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: Jan. 11, 2016
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Answer #3: What is Argentina?
Patagonian cavies are rodents that somewhat resemble rabbits. Found in central and southern Argentina, these animals average about 28 inches in height and are herbivores. In human care, Patagonian cavies live for about 14 years.
- Clue: In the 2013 winner "The Orphan Master's Son," young Pak Jun Do comes of age in this totalitarian nation
- Category: THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: May 23, 2016
Answer #4: What is North Korea?
- Clue: Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary's funeral oration was given by Helen Clark, the prime minister of this nation
- Category: A FUNERAL ORATION
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: July 22, 2019
Answer #5: What is New Zealand?
Helen Clark was the first woman elected prime minister in New Zealand (although not the first woman to serve in the role). After serving as prime minister for nine years, Clark went on to work for the United Nations. She now runs her own foundation, a public policy think tank.
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