Danger! The contestant is mercilessly mocked for a VERY wrong answer to the final ‘easy’ question
- The message asked which ‘Government Official’ wrote a letter dated 1867.
- Only two of the three contestants offered the correct answer.
- But the third, Leann Craumer, made a wild guess and put ‘Napoleon’
A danger! The contestant missed the mark on the historical trivia needed to get the Final Jeopardy answer on last night’s episode.
In the closing moments of the question-and-answer show, the three contestants were asked to name the ‘Government Official’ referred to in the ad: ‘In 1867, he wrote to General Rousseau: “Upon arriving in Sitka… . will receive formal authorization from the Russian commissioner”. transfer.”‘
Two of the contestants quickly guessed the correct answer, bBut the third, Leann Craumer, a librarian from Baltimore, Maryland, fell short of her “Napoleon” guess.
“I’m afraid not, Leann,” replied host Ken Jennings, 49. So do you know the correct answer?
Last night’s Final Jeopardy question had one of the contestants stumped.
Reigning champion Daniel Moore (left) and challenger Jerry Powers (center) got the correct answer, while Leann Craumer (right) missed the mark.
In fact, it is William H. Seward, the Secretary of State under the Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson administrations.
Seward served in the esteemed post from 1861 to 1869, the start of his term coinciding directly with the start of the American Civil War.
After the war concluded in 1865, Seward was instrumental in the Alaska Purchase.
In the deal, the US acquired the anointed state of Alaska from Russia.
The purchase was made in 1867, and the excerpt from Seward’s 1867 letter appearing in the Final Jeopardy question confirms this.
The current champion of the moment, Daniel Moore, and the challenger Jerry Powers, gave the correct answer.
Daniel, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had bet $5,000, or $14,800, which was enough to take home first place for the second time in a row.
But far from focusing on Daniel’s success, viewers of the show quickly took aim at Leann, whose incorrect answer of ‘Napoleon’ was mercilessly mocked online.
Many fans noted that the famously short French general died in 1821, nearly half a century before the letter cited in the Final Jeopardy query was written.
The correct answer was William H. Seward (right), but Leann incorrectly said Napoleon (left), who died in 1821, nearly half a century before the date given in the question.
Contestant Leann Craumer had apparently guessed Napoleon as a Hail Mary, and didn’t seem surprised to be told she was wrong.
Social media users were quick to mock Final Jeopardy’s wrong answer
Leann, who had bet $602 and apparently been stumped and responded ‘Napoleon’ like a Hail Mary, smiled understandingly and shrugged humbly when told she was wrong.
Social media users were less forgiving of the flaw.
‘She said Napoleon????’ wrote a horrified fan.
“Napoleon government official?” another scoffed.
On YouTube, the commenters were no less harsh.
“The final was sooooo easy,” lamented one, according to Sunthe coverage of
Yet another admitted they had “no idea.”