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Weekend Recs: Jeopardy!

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.

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Running for 40 seasons (and counting) and boasting a theme song that is widely recognizable even by those who haven’t seen the show, Jeopardy! is the ultimate American trivia show. Whether it’s a nostalgic show you remember watching with a loved one or a show you tune into every night, Jeopardy!’s hold in the industry is pretty inarguable.

Coming from a recently converted fan, this weekend’s recs will center on Jeopardy! and even help you brush up on your general trivia knowledge (and who knows, it might be a less stressful way to keep your mind active in preparation for the coming weeks).

If you have 10 minutes…and are big on school spirit, read about how fellow Wildcat Mitch Macek was able to represent Villanova on Jeopardy! last year.

If you have 15 minutes…and are grateful for our amazing librarians, read this article about how libraries and Jeopardy! go hand-in-hand, available online through Falvey.

Bonus: check out this list of librarians on Jeopardy! 

If you have 25 minutes…and want to test out your Jeopardy! potential, take one of their practice tests. There are three practice tests for varying levels, including a test for adults, college students, and teenagers.

If you have 30 minutes…and are free tonight at 7 p.m., watch tonight’s episode of Jeopardy!.

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Bonus: if you don’t have access to cable or live TV through a streaming service, you can still watch the first 35 seasons of Jeopardy! for free on PlutoTV or watch some episodes of the current season of Celebrity Jeopardy! online through ABC.

If you have 1 hour…and want to brush up on your trivia knowledge, check out Falvey’s collection of trivia books. From general topics like science and history to more specific topics like World War II, The Hunger Games series, and The World Cup.

Bonus: if you want a challenge, try answering trivia from The $25,000 Challenge: World’s Toughest Trivia Test, available through inter-library loan.

If you have 7 hours…and miss longtime host Alex Trebek, read his memoir The Answer is…: Reflections on My Life, available through inter-library loan.

Bonus: if you want to hear from a historic Jeopardy! champion, read Amy Schneider’s recently released memoir In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life, available through interlibrary loan.

Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.

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How Well Do You Know ’Nova?

When University of Chicago academic librarian Emma Boettcher dethroned James Holzhauer we just had to salute her accomplishment. (Especially when we discovered she attended nearby Conestoga High School!)

Now that Boettcher’s run has concluded after three defenses, we’re honoring her achievement with a category of Villanova-themed Jeopardy! questions.

Think you got the smarts to run our board? See if you can answer them without peeking at the answer sheet at the bottom. The questions were created with the help of the book Villanova University: Ever Ancient, Ever New 1842-1992, by David R. Contosta, PhD, and the Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD.




Answer key:

1. What is “Tolle Lege”?
2. Who is Martin Luther King Jr.?
3. What is Austin Hall?
4. Who was William Howard Taft?
5. What is Phi Beta Kappa?

Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library. When not playing Trivial Pursuit, he enjoys challenging himself with Jeopardy! on Amazon Alexa.



Last Modified: June 10, 2019

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