My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it extensively.
Here is what Jamal told us about his 1.000 Euro question:
The first few answers I had rattled off with almost no pause, but the fifth question (which would lead me to the first safe haven) took me quite a bit of thinking. I had heard of this author before, and I remembered a very negative newspaper article about him and all the "pseudo-religious" trash that he is producing. But I have not read any of his books, and in particular I hadve not read that one, which apparently is his most famous one.
I found the last answer rather unlikely. That guy surely was not Hannibal, or was he? Answer C on the other hand perhaps was a vague possibility. But I knew that the author does not come from Argentina but from a neighboring country, and so this answer rather smelled like a trap. The first traps always pop up around the 1.000 Euro level. Answers A and B were similar in nature and in appearance, one located in the north and one in the south of the continent. All in all I slowly started to build up an ever so slight preference for answers A and B.
At that moment I decided to simply use my "Ask the Audience" lifeline: bestsellers, that's exactly what these guys should know about. The outcome was very reassuring: 55 percent voted for A, 20 for D, 15 for B and only 10 for C. I picked A. Is your decision final? Yes. Is this your final decision? Yes. Correct!
What was the 1.000 Euro question?
What were the four possible answers A, B, C, D?