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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 12: A Tale of Two Portraits.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the main point of Harrison's first presentation before the Board of Longitude?
(a) He demonstrated how H-1 worked.
(b) He articulated the promise of an astronomical solution.
(c) He complained about H-1's errors.
(d) He presented how H-1 would solve the longitude problem.

3. Who was Edmund Halley's heir?
(a) Thomas Godfrey
(b) Tobias Mayer.
(c) Leonhard Euler.
(d) James Bradley.

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

5. Why was Maskelyne against Harrison?
(a) Maskelyne was supportive of Harrison but didn't believe his clocks would work.
(b) Maskelyne wanted to use his lunar-distance method to solve the problem of longitude.
(c) Maskelyne was jealous of the support Harrison was getting from the Board of Longitude.
(d) Maskelyne disliked Harrison's family.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Harrison's most prized accomplishment?

2. Where was the destination the Centurion was sailing for?

3. Who aided Harrison in building the H-3?

4. What did Harrison need to do to prove the H-4 worked?

5. What was wrong with the watch built within a vacuum?

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