Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Tuesday, March 7, 2017:
Final Jeopardy! category: YEARS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: The representative body called the Estates-General met in 1614 & didn’t meet again until this year
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Todd Defilippi, a software engineer from Mountain View, California
||Shawn Friend, a law library resource center director from Phoenix, Arizona
||Alison Maguire-Powell, a middle school band director from Denton, Texas (1-day total: $23,200)
What is 1789?
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The Estates-General was ostensibly an advisory body to the King of France, but its duties had been effectively replaced by a Parliament (which had been a rubber-stamp body for the King in the 17th and 18th centuries). When Parliament attempted to assert its independence, it found itself dissolved and the King attempted to replace it by the then-archaic institution known as the Estates-General in early 1789, representing the three “estates” of French society (the clergy, noblemen, and commoners). The Third Estate’s assertions of dominance in defiance of the King’s wishes held up proceedings and the French Revolution followed shortly thereafter.
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