Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

In an essay, analyze what genre Longitude is. What evidence from the text supports your opinion? Is it only one genre or a combination?

Essay Topic 2

Not knowing how to determine longitude caused devastating human and economic consequences. In an essay, describe what the human and economic consequences were, citing examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

What was the Longitude Act of 1714? What factors led to its creation? Do you think the Longitude Act spurred the quest for the solution to the longitude problem?

Essay Topic 4

Early attempts to solve the problem of longitude divided into two main camps, those who were looking for a "heavenly" solution, and those who considered an "earthly" solution. Do these titles imply a hierarchy to you? Do you think that members of the Royal Astronomical Observatory also used this titles to imply superiority over non-members? Why or why not?

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