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    Hey, a few months ago I stole Jacqui's Jeopardy idea and used it with a couple of my classes. Well, my kids love it. Now, however, I'm running into the problem of coming up with new questions, so I thought I'd compile a big list of Jeopardy questions so people, myself included, could just pop on and quickly put a game together. I'll post my questions as well as those already submitted in the original thread. If you have any contributions please post them and I'll add them to the list. You can add new categories or add to the current categories. I'll leave the point values off of the questions so you can pick and choose according to you students' level, but in general they're arranged easy at the top and more difficult on the bottom. Some of the questions date easily so you'll have to update them as needed (i.e. Koizumi is no longer the Prime Minister, so maybe call him former Prime Minister Koizumi). Thanks.


    Geography
    Which is the smallest prefecture in Japan? - Kagawa

    Which prefecture is Lake Biwa in? - Shiga

    Which country is Cairo in? - Egypt

    Which country is larger, The U.S.A. or China? - The U.S.A.

    Name another country that is on the same island as England? - Scotland -or- Wales


    Spelling
    University / England / Chimpanzee / Wednesday / Russia / Communication / Challenge / Egypt / English / Geography / Argentina / Alphabet / Regularly / Zimbabwe / Elephant


    Capital Cities
    What is the capital city of the U.S.A.? - Washington DC

    What is the capital city of Russia? - Moscow

    What is the capital city of Australia? - Canberra

    What is the capital city of Canada? - Ottawa

    What is the capital city of Indonesia? - Jakarta


    Japanese Sports
    What sport does Arakawa Shizuka play? - Figure Skating

    Which team is the rival of Hanshin Tigers? - Yomiuri Giants

    What is the name of the foreign sumo wrestler from Bulgaria? - Kotooshu

    Which city are the Hanshin Tigers from? - Nishinomiya


    Japanese Music
    Where is the band �€œOrange Range�€� from? - Okinawa

    How many members are there in the band EXILE? - 7 members

    What Japanese artist did the theme song for the kingdom hearts video games? - Utada Hikaru

    What is Prime Minister Koizumi�€™s favorite rock band? - X-Japan

    What is the most famous song by the band The Blue Hearts? Train-train -or- Linda Linda (I accept either answer because they're about equally popular.)


    Japan Miscellaneous
    Who wrote �€œOkuno-hosomichi?�€� - Basho

    Who drew the cartoon, �€œAstro Boy?�€� - Tezuka Osamu

    How many prefectures are there in Japan? - 47

    How many numbers are there in Japanese postal codes? - 7

    What is the English name of the Japanese holiday that takes place on the second Monday in October? - Health and Sports day?


    Bonus Questions

    What country has the second largest population in the world? - India

    Which is the longest mountain range in the world? - The Andes

    Which is the deepest ocean in the world? - The Pacific
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    Yeh, I was doing the same thing, and then I got busy. Have enough questions for maybe three games. Will pop them on when I have time. ^_^
    fucking genki

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychohistoric
    Geography


    Which country is on the same island as England? - Scotland
    everyone always forgets Wales

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    Fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychohistoric
    What is Prime Minister Koizumi’s favorite rock band? - X-Japan
    keep trying

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    That's what he said. Ask your JTEs; the whole of Japan is under the impression that he likes them.

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    Jacqui,

    You wouldn't happen to have those Jeopardy games handy would you? I have a surprise class in 2 hours that I'd like to play the game with (and they've already gone through the above questions).

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    I don't know if this helps, but these are my questions.

    Japan
    10 What is the biggest prefecture in Japan? (Hokkaido)
    20 Name the four main islands of Japan. (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku)
    30 Who is the mascot of Saitama (Kobaton)
    40 How many numbers are there in Japanese postal codes? (7)
    50 In what year did Okinawa become part of Japan? (1972)

    Geography
    10 Where is the Great Wall? (China)
    20 Where can you see a kangaroo? (Australia)
    30 What is the capital city of Italy? (Rome)
    40 Which countrys flag has red and white stripes and white stars in the top left corner? (USA)
    50 How many countries speak English? (as an official language) (54)

    Spelling

    10 cloudy
    20 station
    30 Australia
    40 oclock
    50 ALT's name (very hard for them!)


    New Zealand (probably not much use to you)
    10 What season is it in NZ? (winter)
    20 What is the most popular sport in NZ? (rugby)
    30 What is the nickname for people from NZ? (Kiwis)
    40 What city is ALT from?
    50 Who were the first people to live in NZ? (Maori)

    Sports
    10 Who is the soccer coach of the Japan national team? (Takeshi Okada)
    20 What sport does ALT play?
    30 What is the nickname of the NZ rugby team? (All Blacks)
    40 In tennis, what is the name of 0 points? (love)
    50 Name 4 sports that don't use balls. (horse racing, running, ice hockey, sumo)

    Entertainment
    10 What actor plays Jack Sparrow? (Johnny Depp)
    20 What is the English name for Tetsuwan Atomu? (Astro Boy)
    30 Who goes to school at Hogwarts? (Harry Potter)
    40 How many keys are on a piano? (88)
    50 What does SMAP stand for? (Sport Music Assemble People)

    Extra questions (some of which I used to fill in time at the end).
    Who is on 5000 yen? Nitobe Inazo (to 2004) / Ichiyo Higuchi (from late 2004)
    What holiday is on the second Monday in October? (Health Sports Day)
    Who was the Japanese astronaut in the Discovery space shuttle? (Noguchi)

    What country is Orlando Bloom from? (England)
    How many children has Angelina Jolie adopted? (3)
    Who are the members of Globe? (Keiko, Komuro Tetsuya, Marc Panther)
    Who sang Seasons and M? (Hamasaki Ayumi)
    What was Orange Range's first album called? (1st Contact)
    What is the English name for Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi? (Spirited Away)
    Which band is Kimura Takuya in? (SMAP)
    Who wrote 'Okuno-hosomichi'? (Basho)
    Who plays General Kuribayashi in the movie Iwo Jima Kara no Tegami? (Ken Watanabe)
    Who plays L in the Death Note movies? (Kenichi Matsuyama)
    Who is the lead singer of Mongol 800? (Uezu Kiyosaku)
    How many people are there in the Isono family? (7)
    Who drew the cartoon 'Astro Boy'? (Tezuka Osamu)

    Where are the Olympics in August? (Beijing)
    Which continent is Egypt in? (Africa)
    What is the highest mountain in the world? (Mt Everest)
    What is the world's biggest ocean? (The Pacific)
    What is the tallest mountain in Africa? (Mt Kilimanjaro)
    In which country is Mount Olympus? (Greece)
    How many states are in the USA? (50)
    What is the world's biggest country? (Russia)
    Which river runs through London? (The Thames)

    What is Hideo Nomo's uniform number? (16)
    Which city are the Hanshin Tigers from? (Nishinomiya)
    Who won the 2007 Konami Cup Asia Series baseball tournament? (Chunichi Dragons)
    What sport does Arakawa Shizuka do? (Figure skating)

    Which country do pandas come from? China
    What is the fastest animal on land? Cheetah
    What is the tallest animal? Giraffe
    What is the biggest animal in the world? Blue whale

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    Thank you, Wodess. I'll update the list soon.

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    When you guys play Jeopardy, how do you arrange it? Do you have groups of 4 as teams? Does one group answer one question at a time?

    I have a free class where I've been told to play games with an English atmosphere and was considering a Jeopardy-type quiz or Pictionary, but I'm worried if only one group answers a question at a time, the others will get bored off their tits. It's quite a noisy class!

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    Depending on class size I usually break them into 6 groups (usually 4 to 6 kids in each group). I explain the rules and then have the JTE choose the first category to get things rolling. To keep noise down I have them raise their hands to answer; I won't accept any answers that are shouted out. Whatever team gets the question correct chooses the next category and points. I also force my kids to choose in English, i.e., "Music for 30 points." They sometime struggle at first with that, but get used to it quickly.

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    - Break them into groups yourself. At first I let them do it on their own and it took forever. To ensure a good mix up I just walk through the class and give each student a number (1 for every group you're going to have) and then have them move into their groups.

    - Used hidden bonus questions. I always have 2 or 3 bonus questions hidden in the question grid that are worth 100 points. The kids go ape shit for them. You can run the bonus questions however you like. I usually give the team that chose the question 10 seconds to answer on their own. If they haven't answered the question correctly after 10 seconds then all the other teams can take a shot at it.


    The kids will get a bit noisy, but it's not too bad. Even my "bad" kids get into this game. Good luck.

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    I do it mostly the same way. I break the kids into teams. For my classes I have about 28 students so 6 teams of 4-5 students works well. I then explain the rules and give the students a couple of minutes to come up with a team name.

    I start with one of the 10 point questions and the students have to raise their hand to answer. Supposedly the first one to raise their hand gets to answer but I am a bit selective about the hands that I see (basically if someone hasn't answered before I usually give them the chance).

    The other thing I do is keep the 40 and 50 point questions covered until most of the others are answered (otherwise the kids all choose the most point questions at the beginning). I was impressed by their ability to answer, including getting occasional answers from the kids who don't usually participate.

    I also gave candy for the winning team which provided extra motivation as I don't normally give out prizes.

    I was a bit anxious about it the first time but I really enjoyed this lesson with all my classes.

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    If you like Jeopardy and have access to a projector and laptop for your classes, try this site:
    http://techfortress.blogspot.com/200...ardy-game.html
    You create games online, which it then saves as txt files. You keep a folder with the flash game (Mac or PC) and your txt files in it. There's also a library of games that other people have already created.
    There are 2 main disadvantages.
    First, only 5 teams, so if you have a class of 40 you're left with 8 people per team. I get over this by using an egg timer and a buzzer - otherwise the kids spend forever deciding on their next question and their answer.
    Second, if you want to type any questions in kana or kanji, the online game-maker won't work. You'll have to go into the txt file yourself and edit it directly. Not that much of a problem - more fiddly than anything.
    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychohistoric View Post

    Which prefecture is Lake Biwako in? - Shiga
    Actually this is a little strange. the ko part of biwako means lake, so it is like you are saying Lake Biwa Lake. should just be Which prefecture is Lake Biwa in?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychohistoric View Post
    Which country is larger, The U.S.A. or China? - The U.S.A.
    This may not be a good question as it is a disputed fact and depends what you want to consider Chinese land. have a look here on wiki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...tories_by_area

    a better question might be which is bigger, Canada or USA.

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    Good point. I should have considered the socio-political ramifications of recognized land holdings, because I'm sure my students have any idea what you're talking about. /sarcasm. It's just a game, so I use the most widely accepted stats as provided by the Google-Gods.

    The lake Biwako thing is good point. I'll change it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychohistoric View Post
    Good point. I should have considered the socio-political ramifications of recognized land holdings, because I'm sure my students have any idea what you're talking about. /sarcasm. It's just a game, so I use the most widely accepted stats as provided by the Google-Gods.

    The lake Biwako thing is good point. I'll change it.
    i agree they won't know about that crap and that is it just a game but hey, why not be factual? and you are welcome on the biwako point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychohistoric View Post
    Good point. I should have considered the socio-political ramifications of recognized land holdings, because I'm sure my students have any idea what you're talking about. /sarcasm. It's just a game, so I use the most widely accepted stats as provided by the Google-Gods.

    The lake Biwako thing is good point. I'll change it.
    While the textbooks might be a bit dodgy (especially in regards to what islands Japan owns), maybe you could base it on what the atlases your students use indicate. Might be different in HS, but whenever we ask a question about different countries in ES and JH, the kids love to pull out the atlases they use for Social Studies. This was particularly so when we were teaching comparison words at Junior High and asking them to compare prefectures and countries by area and population size.

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    I made the mistake of thinking a squid only had 6 arms! Sighh... the kids thought it was silly of me. I'd better just stick to my octopus related Jeopardy questions.

    Thanks for all the helpful questions. I'll be using them come monday. The kids want a rematch game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychohistoric View Post
    That's what he said. Ask your JTEs; the whole of Japan is under the impression that he likes them.
    Yeah, but he isn't the Prime Minister anymore.

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    Yeah, I forgot to mention in the original post that some of these questions date easily so you'll need to ammend them yourselves (i.e. Prime Minister Koizumi = Former Prime Minister Koizumi).

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