Final Jeopardy is often thought of as the most difficult segment in a Jeopardy! episode. The writers leave the hardest question of the game for last to raise the stakes for the contestants. These tougher queries make wagering even more suspenseful to watch, as well. However, not every Final Jeopardy question is a tough one. Indeed, over the years, there have been quite a few Final Jeopardy questions that haven’t lived up to the round’s tricky reputation.
Here, we’ve gathered 45 Final Jeopardy questions from the show that seem to be on the easier side, AKA their answers are fairly common knowledge that you wouldn’t have to study up to know. Many of the questions we’ve featured were answered correctly by all three players at the podium, so you know they’re extra easy to solve.
If you’re hosting your own novice trivia night, try these questions on for size. These clues are perfect for folks who are less familiar with answering rapid-fire trivia questions or for anyone who isn’t seeking an extra difficult trivia game.
Ready to try your hand at these 45 questions? Keep scrolling to see if you can solve these simpler Final Jeopardy clues.
1. An Unforgettable Holiday
Episode: Monday, September 10, 1984
Question: The third Monday of January starting in 1986.
Answer: Martin Luther King Day.
2. Do You Know This Classic Movie?
Episode: Friday, July 13, 2001
Category: The Movies
Question: This classic 1952 movie was based on the story “The Tin Star.”
Answer: High Noon.
3. They Obtained This Trademark in 2022, FYI
Episode: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Category: Colleges and Universities
Question: In 2019 this public university attempted to trademark the word “the” for use on clothing & hats.
Answer: The Ohio State University.
4. An Iconic 19th Century Figure
Episode: Friday, June 17, 2022
Category: 19th Century Contemporaries
Question: Congratulating her on the 1869 release of her biography, Frederick Douglass wrote, “I have wrought in the day–you in the night.”
Answer: Harriet Tubman.
5. These Are Some Epic Deaths
Episode: Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Question: Maris, Lycon, Laogonus, Erymas, Sarpedon, Erylaus & Patroclus die in Book 16 of this work.
Answer: The Iliad.
6. Luck O’ The Three Troupe Show
Episode: Wednesday, December 13, 2000
Category: Musical Theatre
Question: Currently, this show is performed by 3 troupes; the Liffey & Lagan Companies on tour & the Shannon Company on B’way.
7. What Was Notable About This Leader’s Smile?
Episode: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Category: Historic Americans
Question: An education center at his historic home includes galleries called “First in War” & “A Leader’s Smile.”
Answer: George Washington.
8. A Unique Upbringing, To Say The Least
Episode: Thursday, November 2, 2006
Category: Fictional Characters
Question: He first appeared in Kipling’s 1892 story “In the Rukh” as an adult who now & then refers to his very odd childhood.
9. Can You Guess This Word?
Episode: Monday, June 16, 2014
Category: Word Origins
Question: This noun meaning a secret plan comes from the Latin for “to breathe together.”
10. Ready To Talk About Theory?
Ready for a fun fact? This question was featured during Jeopardy!’s The Greatest of All Time games. Clearly, the show’s writers needed to aim higher to make harder questions for the show’s biggest champs!
Episode: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Category: Influential Writing
Question: Its second line is “All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope & Czar, Metternich & Guizot…”
Answer: The Communist Manifesto.
11. Famous Last Dots and Dashes
Episode: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Question: A famous one of these was first sent May 24, 1844 & a famous last one, January 27, 2006.
Answer: A telegram.
12. A Couple of Rhyming Noisemakers
Episode: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Category: Musical Instruments
Question: In the early 18th c. Sylvius Leopold Weiss wrote works for these 2 instruments whose names rhyme.
Answer: The flute and the lute.
13. 28 Years Later, It’s Still Got the Second Biggest Population
Episode: Wednesday May 3, 1995
Category: The Census
Question: In 1994 this state surpassed New York to become the second most populous state.
14. Can You Name This Continent?
Episode: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Category: The Continents
Question: It’s the only continent with its mainland lying in all 4 hemispheres as defined by the equator & the prime meridian.
15. This Is One Magical Lady
Episode: Friday, November 6, 2015
Category: Children’s Lit
Question: As she arrived at the house of her new employer, “the wind seemed to catch her up into the air and fling her” at the door.
Answer: Mary Poppins
16. He Gave This Business True Love’s Kiss, I Guess
Episode: Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Category: 1980s Business
Question: In his job since 1984, this man has been called “the prince who awakened Sleeping Beauty.”
Answer: Michael Eisner, Chief Executive Officer at the Disney Company.
17. To Infinity and Beyond!
Episode: Wednesday, June 21, 2021
Category: Movie Characters
Question: A character who was going to be called Lunar Larry became him, inspired by the name of a real person.
Answer: Buzz Lightyear (inspired by Buzz Aldrin).
18. From Coast to Coast… to Coast… to Coast…
Episode: Friday, August 3, 2012
Category: World Geography
Question: This country in the Americas has more than 125,000 miles of coastline, the most of any country in the world.
19. He’s Not President Anymore!
Episode: Wednesday, May 6, 1998
Category: World Leaders
Question: Unopposed, he was elected to his 5th term as president in 1998; he’s been in power since 1959.
Answer: Fidel Castro.
20. A Christening, A Curse, And A Lot of Tchaikovsky
Episode: Wednesday, December 9, 1992
Question: The elaborate prologue of this 1890 ballet features a christening & a curse.
Answer: The Sleeping Beauty.
21. It Has an Award-Winning Movie Adaptation, Too
Episode: Thursday, July 4, 2019
Category: On Broadway
Question: This play opens in Vienna in 1823, 32 years after the death of its title character.
22. A Peace-Loving World Leader
Episode: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Category: World Leaders
Question: At his 1994 inaugural, he called for “a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world”.
Answer: Nelson Mandela.
23. She Traveled To a Wonder-Filled Land, Alright
Episode: Monday, December 25, 2017
Question: A prefatory poem he wrote to one of his novels tells of “the dream-child moving through a land of wonders wild and new.”
Answer: Lewis Carroll.
24. Those Casting Directors Had A Real Sense of Humor
Episode: Thursday, September 17, 2009
Category: Famous Actors
Question: Ironically, he lost the leading role in the 1960 play “The Best Man” because he didn’t look presidential.
Answer: Ronald Reagan
25. King of Myth and Legend
Episode: Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Category: Legendary Rulers
Question: He’s been written about by Aneirin in “The Gododdin” around 600 A.D. & by Fay Sampson in the “Daughter of Tintagel” series.
Answer: King Arthur.
26. A Double Math Meaning
Episode: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Category: Math Words
Question: In Latin, the name of this math field meant a pebble used in counting, & the word also has the medical meaning “stone.”
27. They Might Not Suck Your Blood, But They’ve Got Fangs
Episode: Wednesday, December 26, 2001
Question: Scientists named an anticoagulant found in the saliva of a species of this animal “draculin.”
Answer: Vampire bat.
28. Let It Pour On the Soundstage!
Episode: Monday, March 16, 2020
Category: Movie Musicals
Question: Water pressure issues in Culver City, home to MGM, impacted the filming of an iconic scene in this 1952 movie musical.
Answer: Singin’ in the Rain.
29. Exercise Feels Good For a Reason
Episode: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Category: 20th Century Science
Question: The 1970s saw the coining of the term “runner’s high” & the discovery of these opiate proteins that produce it.
30. This Author Could Also Steer a Ship
Episode: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Question: In 1890 he captained the stern-wheeler Roi des Belges on a voyage down the Congo River.
Answer: Joseph Conrad.
31. 1890 Census Report Findings
Episode: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Category: Words in American History
Question: The 1890 Census reported that “the unsettled area has been so broken into… that there can hardly be said to be a” this.
32. Drink Away!
Episode: Friday, June 22, 2007
Category: Food and Drink History
Question: The world’s first pure food & beverage law, one pertaining to beer, was proclaimed by the Duke of this region in 1516.
33. A Senior in Space
Episode: Wednesday, February 7, 2001
Category: Space Exploration
Question: In October 1998 this man went into space as the oldest U.S. astronaut ever.
Answer: John Glenn.
34. Catholicism’s A Fast Food Influencer
Episode: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Category: Fast Food
Question: This sandwich was 1st sold in 1962 as an attempt to give the many Catholics of Cincinnati something to eat on Fridays during Lent.
35. A Fictional Firebreather
Episode: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Question: Of the 12 beasts representing years in the Chinese calendar, the one not biologically related to any creature on Earth.
Answer: The dragon.
36. Not The Theory He’s Famous For
Episode: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Question: He won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics primarily for his work on the photoelectric effect, not for relativity.
Answer: Albert Einstein.
37. This Isn’t Playboy, Folks
Episode: Monday, July 14, 2003
Question: For its 1st swimsuit edition in 2003, it covered 100 years of the swimsuit & included a 1917 photo of topless island women.
Answer: National Geographic.
38. A European Titan
Episode: Friday, February 11, 2022
Category: European Geography
Question: This country, the largest in area entirely within Europe, borders the largest country in the world.
39. On Mac, It’s Command, Option, Escape
Episode: Friday, April 25, 2014
Question: The creator of this computer command called it “a 5-minute job”; in 2013 Bill Gates called it “a mistake.”
Answer: Control, alt, delete.
40. A Tragic Bit of Irony
Episode: Friday, April 24, 2015
Question: Ironically, in the summer of 1955, he gave an interview about the dangers of racing on highways.
Answer: James Dean.
41. Make Those Wind Turbines
Episode: Monday, September 26, 2016
Category: International Business
Question: This European company uses about 1% of the world’s lumber each year; it aims to make that 100% sustainable by 2020.
42. Like Father, Like Demented Son
Episode: Friday, June 30, 2006
Category: Children’s Authors
Question: This author & illustrator has said, “Max is like my demented son and he’s taking care of his father for life.”
Answer: Maurice Sendak.
43. Well Wishes For a Veteran Space Traveler
Episode: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Category: Words in the News 2016
Question: NASA wished John Glenn this 8-letter word when he made the 1st U.S. manned orbital flight in 1962 & again upon his passing in 2016.
44. This Publication Has Stood The Test of Time
Episode: Friday, May 17, 2019
Category: Photo Sharing
Question: Publishing its first photo in 1889, today it has more than 4 billion likes & 100 million followers on Instagram.
Answer: National Geographic.
45. In This Fiery Novel…
Episode: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Category: In the Novel
Question: The 1st scene in this book: “With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene.”
Answer: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
There you have it: 45 of the easiest Final Jeopardy questions ever to have been featured on the show. We hope they bring you some joy during your next trivia event.
Did we miss another especially easy Final Jeopardy question? Let us know in the comments section. Happy quizzing!