This is all starting to seem very real! (How easy it is to forget!) Saying “Howdy” to everyone.
Next, in our series of Questions About Being on Jeopardy!:
“Do they tell you what to study?” Well, yes. But, no. Not really. If you spend any time at all watching the show, you start to realize that certain categories and people show up fairly regularly. So while the J folks don’t give you a printed syllabus, it’s pretty easy to figure out which categories to bone up on. World capitals, Shakespeare, the Bible, and Literature are all fair game. On the other hand, there are certain categories that I knew would never be my strong suit. Northeastern NFL stadiums anyone?
Did I study? You bet I did! Was I going to pursue appearing on national television and take a chance that I might look, ahem…less than prepared? Not if I could help it!
My study materials consisted of: FanDex (Shakespeare, US Presidents, Artists, Composers, and United States facts).
The 2007 World Almanac (geography facts plus awards and recent newsmakers)
Books: Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions by Chuck Forrest, Brainiac by Ken Jennings, Prisoner of Trebekistan by Bob Harris, and How to Get on Jeopardy and Win by Michael Dupee.
The Jeopardy Archive It’s possible to “play” entire games by reading and answering clues. This website is a team effort put together by some very dedicated volunteers. This site is a treasure chest of study material!
National Academic Quiz Tournaments publishes a “you gotta know” article on their website. I downloaded almost all of these onto my palm pilot and studied them when I had a spare minute.
There’s a whole lot more to preparation than just memorizing facts. More on that tomorrow!