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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5: Powder of Sympathy.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the Longitude Act of 1714 establish?
(a) A monetary prize for solving the problem of longitude.
(b) Taxes on the use of maps with longitude.
(c) The lunar method as the government's way to calculate longitude.
(d) A uniform way to calculate longitude.

2. Harrison's clocks were referred to as:
(a) A moment in time.
(b) A magic box.
(c) A technological reversal.
(d) A lump of metal.

3. Where was the destination the Centurion was sailing for?
(a) Cape Noir.
(b) Tierra del Feugo.
(c) Scilly Islands.
(d) Juan Fernandez Island.

4. What was Giovanni Domenico Cassini famous for?
(a) Sailing around the world.
(b) Discovering the moons of Jupiter.
(c) Inventing the pendulum clock.
(d) Publishing accurate maps.

5. What was Flamsteed's title?
(a) "French stars master."
(b) "Celestial navigator."
(c) "Astronomical observator."
(d) "King of naval longitude."

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the main difference in measuring longitude and latitude?

2. The placement of the prime meridian was a ____________ decision.

3. Complete this analogy from Chapter 4:Time in a Bottle: Time is to clock as mind is to ____________.

4. Who was in command of the ships that ran into the Scilly Islands near England?

5. What advantage did the magnetic variation method have over astronomical approaches at determining longitude?

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