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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3: Adrift in a Clockwork Universe.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the earliest lines of latitude, what marked the zero-degree line?
(a) The north pole.
(b) The prime meridian.
(c) The tropic of cancer.
(d) The equator.

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

4. Before using clocks to navigate longitude, sailors used the __________.
(a) Maps.
(b) Currents.
(c) Sky: sun, moon, stars and constellations.
(d) Compass.

5. Where does the quote at the beginning of Chapter 3: Adrift in a Clockwork Universe have the author dreaming he is locked in?
(a) In a hidden basement.
(b) In his father's watch.
(c) On the moon.
(d) In a ship.

Short Answer Questions

1. What unusual occurrence helped in early navigation at sea?

2. In AD 150, who plotted lines of longitude and latitude?

3. Who used the moons of Jupiter to solve the longitude problem?

4. What was Giovanni Domenico Cassini famous for?

5. What was the name of the Portugese ship described in Chapter 2: The Sea Before Time that ran into a Spanish fleet?

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