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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4: Time in a Bottle.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Huygen's clocks went on a number of voyages. On the third voyage to the Cape Verde Islands, what did his clock do?
(a) Made the ship arrive three weeks ahead of schedule.
(b) Stopped working midway through the voyage because of the temperature change.
(c) Sent the ship 50 miles off course.
(d) Kept good track of the ship's longitude.

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

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

4. How many sailors died near the Scilly Islands?
(a) 2,000.
(b) 500.
(c) 1,000.
(d) 4,000.

5. What could have avoided the tragedy near the Scilly Islands?
(a) If the lead ship had followed the directions of the admiral.
(b) If the admiral had listened to a sailor who kept his own navigation.
(c) If the stars had been out so the captains could utilize them for navigation.
(d) If the rudder on the ship hadn't been broken, the captain could have steered away from the islands.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Early clocks weren't up to measuring longitude at sea for two reasons. They were not accurate and changed because of what while at sea?

3. Who won the Hooke/Huygens conflict?

4. What was Flamsteed's title?

5. How many men of the original 500 perished on Centurion's voyage to the South Pacific?

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