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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 12: A Tale of Two Portraits.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Besides clocks, what was Hooke known for?
(a) A cartologist, a botanist, and an astrologist.
(b) A capitalist, a dramatist, and an environmentalist.
(c) A biologist, a surveyor, and a physicist.
(d) An astronomer, a geologist, and a realist.

2. When did clock makers begin to design clocks to measure longitude?
(a) 16th century.
(b) 15th century.
(c) 17th century.
(d) 14th century.

3. How long did it take Harrison to build H-2?
(a) Five years.
(b) Six months.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Two years.

4. How many more times accurate was the H-4 than the Longitude Act required?
(a) Five times.
(b) Two times.
(c) Three times.
(d) Four times.

5. What did Huygen's published argument state?
(a) Jupiters moons were really rings.
(b) A clock could establish longitude at sea.
(c) A map with correct currents was necessary to navigate at sea.
(d) Longitude could be determined by the moon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of solution to the longitude problem did the Board of Longitude originally desire?

2. What was the main point of Harrison's first presentation before the Board of Longitude?

3. The Board of Longitude demanded Harrison hand over the H-4 so it could be used by whom?

4. Hooke nor Huygens were able to:

5. Which of the following people were not members of the Board of Longitude?

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