As a huge fan of Jeopardy, and a lover of research, I decided to take a break from creative writing prompts today and instead offer an exercise that involves swift research and succinct wording.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Jeopardy (perhaps you live outside of the States or somehow manage to block out all quiz shows?), it is a TV game show where three contestants face off to answer clues. There are three rounds - two rounds of 30 clues, divided evenly into six categories with a monetary value proportionate to the difficulty of the clue, and one final jeopardy round where contestants hedge their bets on a single clue in a single category. Contestants give answers in the form of a question. (i.e. Category: Colors in Nature. Clue: Chlorophyl is this color, almost universal in the plant kingdom. Answer: What is green?)
Naturally, winners must be knowledgeable, but also lucky in the categories and quick with the buzzer. I believe I would have made a fabulous contestant back in high school, but sadly my memory of literature, American history and religious texts would now leave me mediocre at best.
writing exercise: Create Jeopardy clues within a single category for the following answers:
What is ... Amsterdam, Boston, Cairo, London, Tokyo?
Assign each clue one of the following monetary values according to the level of difficulty:
$400, $800, $1200, $1600, $2000
Do your research before you post your clues to make sure they are accurate and only lead to the response you seek!
(Click "read more" to see writercizer sample response.)
Category: World Cities
Monetary Value - Clue - Answer
$400 - Host of the 2012 Summer Olympics - What is London?
$800 - It's State House was coined "Hub of the Solar System" by Oliver Wendall Holmes - What is Boston?
$1200 - European city known for its 100+ km of canals and 1200+ bridges - What is Amsterdam?
$1600 - This "City of 1000 Minarets" is home to the Khan el-Khalili, a bazaar dating back to 1382 - What is Cairo?
$2000 - Edo, meaning "estuary," was the former name of this capital city