Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, April 3, 2017:
Final Jeopardy! category: COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: In 1947 these 2 nations became the first new members of the British Commonwealth since the original group in 1931
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Billy Wong, an adjunct professor from Hacienda Heights, California
||Abigail Myers, an education administrator from Brooklyn, New York
||Eric Vernon, a retired government relations specialist from Ottawa, Ontario (2-day total: $50,400)
What are India and Pakistan?
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The original group of the Commonwealth of Nations consisted of Australia, Canada, Ireland, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. India and Pakistan joined upon their 1947 independence. Sri Lanka joined in 1948, where Newfoundland (when it became a Canadian province) and Ireland (when it became the Republic of Ireland) left in 1949. It was created by the 1931 Statute of Westminster, which also established the legislative independence of Britain’s dominions at the time.
Interestingly enough, it was a constitutional crisis in 1925 in Canada, known as the King-Byng Affair, which provided a great deal of impetus for the discussions which led to the formation of the Commonwealth.
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