Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Thursday, November 17, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: FAMOUS BUILDINGS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Completed in 1943, this “city within a city” has outer walls over 900 feet long
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Alec Fischthal, a junior from North Woodmere, New York
||Emily Lamonica, a senior from Sayreville, New Jersey
||Connor Pierce, a freshman from Dallas, Texas
What is the Pentagon?
The Pentagon was constructed during World War II to put all of the offices of the War Department in one place, previously occupying 17 separate facilities in Washington (The Internet didn’t exist back then to connect them better!). It was built on swampland (with 5.5 million cubic yards of dirt trucked in to stabilize the ground) and is limited to 77 feet, 3.5″ in height, because Arlington National Cemetery is nearby.
After Pearl Harbor, construction became a national priority, and it was completed in January 1943. With each side 900 feet long, it is still one of the world’s largest office spaces.
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