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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 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.

2. Complete this analogy from Chapter 4:Time in a Bottle: Time is to clock as mind is to ____________.
(a) Brain.
(b) Heaven.
(c) Stars.
(d) Head.

3. In order for Ditton's and Whiston's plan to determine longitude to work, what would have to be done?
(a) Ship captains would need to go to "Longitude School."
(b) Accurate clocks would need to be on all ships.
(c) New discoveries in compasses would need to be made.
(d) A fleet of ships would need to be anchored at 600-mile intervals in the ocean.

4. What was the problem with pendulum clocks on ships?
(a) Pendulum clocks were so valuable, the main concern was theft.
(b) Pendulum clocks would always point north.
(c) There were no problems, pemdulum clocks were very accurate onboard ships.
(d) The ship's rocking would slow down or speed up the clock.

5. After the Association ran aground and the captain's body was found, what of value was found on him?
(a) A pouch of spices.
(b) An emerald ring.
(c) A pendulum clock.
(d) A diamond necklace.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the punishment for mutiny on the Association?

3. What toy does the narrator play with at the beginning of Chapter 1: Imaginary Lines?

4. What did King Louis XIV of France complain about with more accurate measures of longitude?

5. What was the powder of sympathy method to determine longitude called?

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