S: Oscar's Jeopardy Adventure
FC: Written By John Young, Michelle Fisher, Jacob Baird, and Kyle Jones | Oscar's Jeopardy Adventure
2: Once, there was a boy named Oscar. Oscar was a good kid, he minded his own business and got good grades in school. Oscar liked school, and his favorite class was history. So when his teacher, Mrs. Logan told the class that Jeopardy was going to have a history kids edition, and the people with the top two averages at the end of the quarter would get to be on live television, Oscar was so excited. From there on, Oscar worked hard and studied every chance he got.
3: After what seemed like years, the quarter had ended. Oscar spent all of Saturday waiting by the mail box, hoping that his average was high enough to be on Jeopardy. Finally, his report card arrived. Oscar frantically ripped open the envelope to see his grades. He had a 96 in history. At the bottom of the envelope, there was a permission slip to be on Jeopardy. It said to report to the game show studio on January 19th, 2012. Oscar could not wait.
4: Months had passed, and the day finally arrived. Oscar made it to the studio on time. After arriving to the game show stage, he met his opponent, Cassie. Cassie and Oscar had been rivals since the beginning of time. She alway beat him in everything. They got on the set and prepared to go on air. Then they were on air, and millions of people were watching. The music began to play and the booming voice of the announcer said “This is Jeopardy!” Oscar got to pick the category for the first question. "Writing Systems for 200." He said, nervously.
5: "Your question is what writing system was used in the Indus River Valley?" Then, all of the sudden, everyone stopped moving like someone had paused time. Oscar started to spin and everything went black. When Oscar woke up, he had no idea where he was. He looked around and noted that he was in a crowded street. Nearby, there was a river. Then, it hit him. He didn't know how, but he knew that he was in the Indus River Valley. He walked around a little, thinking that there must be a reason that he was in such an odd place. he saw an irrigation system, oven baked bricks, and even plumbing and sewer system. Then just like that, though, he was able to realize that here, he could find the answer to his question! He walked further, noticing the writing on the walls consisted of odd symbols. he was able to read it and he say the words Moheryo Daro and Harrapa. Somehow he knew that historians never found out exactly what it was. It seemed that as soon as he figured that out, his head began to spin once more, and his vision had faded to black.
6: He came back to the Jeopardy stage and answered "It is a writing system that can't be deciphered." "Correct!" said the announcer. " Writing systems for 400." Oscar said "What writing system did Mesopotamia have?" the announcer asked. When Oscar woke up, he was in an extremely large building. Somehow understanding the language that was written on the walls, he found out that it was called a Ziggurat. Oscar had also found that he was wearing an odd priest's garb. Once again, he realized that he must be here to learn something. He walked around the temple and he saw another priest writing in cuneiform, which he recognized from the pictures of Mesopotamia in class. The room began to fade again. Oscar woke up on the stage and answered the question. "Mesopotamia! Writing systems for 600." "What was the writing system in Ancient Egypt?"
7: Then Oscar's head began to spin once more, when it stopped he looked around and analyzed his surroundings. Now, he was in a pyramid. Looking to the walls, he saw hieroglyphics and thought that he must be in Egypt. He walked a bit further, noting the complex drawings that covered the walls. Suddenly, Oscar tripped on something! He fell and then blacked out once more. When Oscar regained consciousness, he was back in the studio, in his own time period. It had seemed as if not a second had passed. The audience, announcer and Cassie maintained their stare. It was as if he never left.
8: Oscar buzzed in "hieroglyphics," he answered "writing systems for 800." Cassie answered the next three questions: What the writing system of the Yellow River Valley of Ancient China based on, which she answered oracle bones. What the writing system in Greece and Rome was, which she answered Koine. What the writing system of the Mauryas and Guptas, which she answered pictographs. All her answers were correct. Now, the two were neck and neck, and ready to move on to the next category: Cultural Achievements.
9: Cassie picked Cultural Achievements for 200 and stared confidently at Oscar. “In which Ancient Civilization was concrete, the arch, and the dome created?” The room began to slip away and Oscar was in Rome, staring up at the Coliseum. He looked up at the arch design and then the Coliseum faded and now, he was standing in front of the Pantheon. He felt the wall and its texture resembled modern-day concrete. He backed up until he could see the giant dome at the top of the building. Soon, the temple faded and he was back on the Jeopardy stage.
10: “Rome, and for my next question, I pick Cultural Achievements for 400!” Oscar responded. "Correct!" Yelled the announcer, "The next question ancient river valley civilizations had many achievements; the Yellow River Valley had timber framed homes, walled cities, and an irrigation system. Which ancient river valley civilization invented Ziggurats, the wheel, the sail, and a number system?" He waited for the flashback, but it didn’t come. Hesitant, he buzzed in anyway. He thought about being in the Ziggurat dressed like a priest and was able to answer the question correctly. The answer was Mesopotamia. The next question was asked. “What ancient river valley civilization invented pyramids, papyrus, mummification, geometry, the 365 day calendar and medicine?” Once again, the flashback didn’t come. but Oscar knew the answer. It was Ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, Cassie knew the answer too, and she beat him and buzzed in first.
11: They went on to the next question. "Which Chinese dynasty built roads and canals, burned Confucian book, killed Confucian scholars, standardized weights and measures, standardized writing, and built the Great Wall” boomed the announcer. Oscar had no idea and the flashbacks still weren't coming back. Cassie buzzed in and responded with the Qin dynasty, which was correct. Suddenly, Oscar's headache returned. The announcer then asked “ The Gupta civilization had a golden age in literature, art, science, and math, had two medical guides, and performed surgery.What civilization created stone pillars inscribed with policies, a ruler's handbook, promoted religious tolerance, and built roads?” Then, the room faded and Oscar appeared in a room filled with important-looking documents. He looked down at a table with a significant-looking book. After turning through its pages, he realized it was the ruler's handbook. In the jumble of words he picked out a name Chandragupta Maurya. The room of books faded. Then, he was back at the studio. Oscar quickly buzzed in and answered the question. "The Mauryas!" He yelled. He was correct once more.
12: The announcer looked at Oscar. “What do you pick?” The announcer said with a smile. “Uh,Belief Systems for 200?” Oscar said, worried. “The question is: What Greek goddess did the Greeks construct the Parthenon for?" Oscar became worried, Then, all of a sudden, Oscar began to be afflicted by an intense headache. His vision began to fade to black, and then suddenly, he was in a totally different setting. He was on top of an enormous mountain, and behind him was a giant building.
13: Nearby, there was some sort of commotion. Many people, dressed in robes and other old-appearing clothing stood nearby the structure. On top of a stage stood an important-looking man. He began to speak. “Fellow citizens of the great city-state of Athens! I gather you today to pray to Athena and give thanks, at this grand monument to her. But, please, do not restrict your prayers. You may thank all of the gods and goddesses, from Zeus to Poseidon to Artemis, for we are polytheistic, and have multiple gods! Please join us in the outdoor arena for a new type of drama:comedy. Oscar was astonished. There was the answer, right there! Now, if only he could just be brought back to the game...
14: Another headache came over Oscar, and like magic, he had returned to the game show. Not a second had passed since he had departed, it seemed. The expression on the announcer’s face was motionless. It was near exactly the same as it was when he left. “Well then.” Said the ever-questioning announcer. “What is the answer?” Oscar knew what it was. “Athena. The Parthenon was built for the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena!” “Correct!” Oscar was relieved. His competitor, Cassie, glared at him with evil eyes. She was disappointed that he buzzed in first.
15: “Well... I guess I’ll pick the next one down. Belief Systems for 400!” said Oscar “Alright then. What river valley civilization created Hammurabi’s Code?” Cassie looked down in disbelief. So did Oscar. It was rather clear that neither of the two had any idea what the answer was. Oscar’s headache returned, however, and he was brought back even further in time. Now, he noted a man standing in front of a group of people, similar to the Greeks. “I, King Hammurabi, have heard the word of Shamash! Out of our polytheistic religion, Shamash was the god that decided to contact me, and he has told me to create a code of law! This law shall be known as Hammurabi’s Code! It will be based on the concept of ‘an eye for an eye; meaning that justice shall be prevalent here in the land of Mesopotamia! This law code will be inscribed on a stone pillar, for all to see! All citizens will be treated equally under the word of law!” “Astonishing...” Whispered Oscar. “The answers are appearing right in front of me like some sort of dream.” And same as the previous times, he returned to the Jeopardy stage.
16: Oscar confidently responded. The answer is Mesopotamia. In the Mesopotamian city of Babylon, King Hammurabi created Hammurabi’s code.” “Wow! Very impressive!” The announcer kindly remarked. Cassie's jaw dropped. She was fuming. It seemed as if she was about to explode. “Belief Systems for 600, please.” Oscar said “Alright. Name the three philosophical belief systems that were formed during the Warring States Period of China.” “Oh, with pleasure.” Oscar said with a smirk. As expected, his head began to throb and his environment shifted around him.
17: Now, he was in a much more quiet place. He was within a small home, where two men were discussing something. One man, relaxing on a chair, starting to calmly speak. “So,” said the man. “What do you think China should be ruled by?” The man, much more stern in appearance, a stark contrast to the other, retorted “Legalism, of course! The law is the most important! All must follow the law, and those who do not should be put to death! Strict law is the only way to a good society! All also must be equal under this law, not even the emperor himself can be above it! Besides, the emperor as a person is useless. Only the role itself is worth anything.“ The kinder man scratched his chin, clearly deep in thought. “While I value your opinion, I do not agree with it. I believe that there are two suitable choice for what rules China, and Legalism is not one of them. One of the philosophies I agree with is Confucianism. Confucianism brought the Han dynasty many achievements such as education, large cities, paper, made silk, and farming inventionsThe belief that peace begins at home and that everyone should respect their elders, and respect everyone in general, is highly important. The emperor is also not only important in role, but he himself must be a good example for the public.
18: If the emperor is not a good example, what will his people be? Now, another suitable choice is Daoism. The belief of balance and Yin and Yang seem quite important. Where would the day be without the night? I also think that we should let everything flow its course, to go with the flow, so to speak. Respecting the world we live in and being a part of it is highly important.” “Very well. Though I still do believe that Legalism is superior, your ideas aren't entirely foolish.” Oscar was back, staring at the announcer. “Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism.” He said. “Great job. Doing much better than Cassie,” he said.
19: Over the course of the game, Oscar had gone many places. He had went to Egypt and saw the ceremonies of the priests that revered the Egyptian gods Ra and Osiris. From that, he was able to learn that they were polytheistic. He went to Rome twice, once when they were polytheistic and had what seemed like renamed Greek gods, and then another time when they were monotheistic, Christians. He also went to India more times than he could remember. He witnessed a ritual of an unnamed polytheistic religion, which was quite mysterious. He also saw the polytheistic Hindus, who believed in reincarnation and the caste system, which was a social class system based on how people were in their previous lives. He also saw the Buddhists, who did not have gods, but they believed in reincarnation and being a good person, yet they rejected the caste system. Overall, Oscar learned a lot. Cassie was unable to answer any of the questions, so Oscar had received 3,000 more points! He was on fire!
20: “Um I'll take Forms of Government for 200.” Oscar said. “The question is what form of government did the Athenians use?” Oscar started to slip away and when he woke up he was in the middle of a commotion and he realized it must be an election and then someone started talking to Oscar saying "I love this new type of government, democracy." Right there Oscar got the answer and a moment later he was back in real life on jeopardy and answered correctly “democracy”, Oscar said, "that is correct, 200 points for Oscar. Oscar you get to pick the next question..." “I'll take forms of government for 400” "Okay the question is what ancient river valley had the form of government that was unknown but probably centralized. Oscar had to think for a minute, waiting for a flashback but nothing happened, too late Cassie already buzzed in and answered correctly “The Indus River Valley” "Correct, 400 points for Cassie."
21: Cassie gets to pick the next question... "I'll take Forms of Government for 800”. "Your question will be which type of government did Ancient Rome have?" Oscar thought back and he woke up inside the Ancient Rome Senate room and they were discussing a law and saying that according to the Twelve Tables the Roman Republic has the right to vote for their leader." Oscars back on Jeopardy and buzzed in “Republic" "Correct, 800 points for Oscar."
22: Oscar kept it going and chose Forms of Government for 600. "The question is which Ancient Greek city-states used the military form of government Oligarchy and Direct Democracy." Oscar knew this one right away but Cassie was too fast and buzzed in and gave the right answer, which is Sparta used Oligarchy and Athens used Direct Democracy.
23: Oscar chose Forms of Government for 1000. music began to play and a voice said "Daily Double!" “This is the Daily Double and your question is in Ancient China the Dynasties used the three philosophies Daoism, Legalism, and Confucianism. If the Han Dynasty used Confucianism and the Qin Dynasty used Legalism what kind of government did the Zhou Dynasty have. Oscar thought about it. The answer was Daoism, right? Then the flashback came. He could see a battle in the distance he turned to see a man sitting lazily under a tree.
24: “Hello solider, have you come to stop fighting and follow the path of Laozi through the philosophy Daoism?” the man asked. “Um, is that the philosophy the government uses?” Oscar asked. “Oh no, the Zhou’s don't use philosophies they just have an emperor and use feudalism, which is why we have constant war, but philosophies are beginning to blossom all over though this dynasty has had many achievements such as writing poetry, building roads and canals, using jade, bronze, and iron, and making crossbows the dynasty is ready to come to an end.” the man said. The man disappeared and Oscar hit the buzzer he knew would appear under his hand. “The Zhou Dynasty had an emperor and used feudalism.” Oscar answered. “Correct!”
25: Oscars heart had started to pound. He had finally done it; he had won on live television in front of millions of viewers. He stopped and thought what Cassie was thinking. He thought about how angry she must be and more importantly, how defeated she felt. After what seemed like forever, he had finally beaten her at something. Even though she was never nice to him and they always hated each other, he felt bad for her. So, with that, he congratulated her and left the studio. It was a rather long day. When Oscar finally got home, he jumped on his bed and began listening to music. As he listening, his mind drifted away to what he would do with his prize money and the odd visions that he experienced. He wondered what caused them.
26: All of a sudden, a voice in his head began to speak to him. “Oscar.” It said. “Do you know where your visions came from?” “No,” Said Oscar. “What were they?” “Those were memories from your past lives. You’ve been alive much longer than you had originally thought.” “So like reincarnation? Am I like Hindu or a Buddhist? “Yes! Exactly! I must be going now, though.” With that, Oscar woke up in his bed, now understanding what had happened to him.
28: picture citations: Jeopardy Picture (cover): http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3096/3207138295_feedc8fe74.jpg pyramids: http://images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-171610084-hd.jpg Hieroglyphics: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/68/167759399_92d889a913.jpg Coliseum: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2544/3813049202_3f07441aeb.jpg Parthenon: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2448/3885884633_ef2187120a.jpg Hammurabi's code: http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQD7m5tj39HNebbq6ksn0Xy95kfD53COa0FN91-8T8f10vMOApq Yin and Yang: http://www.arteyfotografia.com.ar/contenido/objetos/4b/35/f9/4b35f9441103003e650990680e7b933554b50d88/mini_500_9376_1230677018414562.jpg
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