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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 13: The Second Voyage of Captain James Cook.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was one benefit of the Whiston-Ditton proposal?
(a) It led to glory for England for being the first to solve the problem of longitude.
(b) Whiston and Ditton each became rich off of their proposal.
(c) It was a reliable method of determining longitude.
(d) It led to the monetary award for a solution to the longitude problem.

2. What was different between H-4 and H-5?
(a) The H-4 could tell time by the position of the sun.
(b) The H-5 was much simpler than the H-4.
(c) The H-4 was made out of copper and the H-5 out of iron.
(d) The H-5 was much larger than the H-4.

3. Who was Harrison's right-hand man in building clocks?
(a) His son, William.
(b) His friend, Newton.
(c) His father, Joe.
(d) His son, Jon.

4. After successfully testing the H-4, how much of the Longitude Prize did Harrison receive?
(a) Third of the reward.
(b) None of the reward.
(c) Half of the reward.
(d) All of the reward.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who took Nathaniel Bliss's spot on the Board of Longitude?

2. What is the size of the H-4?

3. What year was Harrison born?

4. What did Harrison complete in 1759?

5. What was the response by the Board of Longitude to Harrison's first presentation?

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