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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 15: In the Meridian Courtyard.

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) Stopped working midway through the voyage because of the temperature change.
(b) Sent the ship 50 miles off course.
(c) Made the ship arrive three weeks ahead of schedule.
(d) Kept good track of the ship's longitude.

2. Who came up with a way to draw longitude meridians on the night sky?
(a) Sir Kenelm Digby.
(b) William Whiston.
(c) Samuel Fyler.
(d) John Davis.

3. How did astronomers feel about Harrison's clock idea for solving the problem of longitude?
(a) They thought that it was outrageous because it didn't require the intellect of the lunar theory.
(b) They saw potential but were still very skeptical.
(c) They thought it had promise and could be used in conjunction with the lunar theory.
(d) They thought it ridiculous because it would be too expensive to mass produce clocks.

4. What kind of mechanisms did the H-4 contain?
(a) Silver mechanisms.
(b) Diamond mechanisms.
(c) Copper mechanisms.
(d) Gold mechanisms.

5. Besides clocks, what was Hooke known for?
(a) A capitalist, a dramatist, and an environmentalist.
(b) An astronomer, a geologist, and a realist.
(c) A biologist, a surveyor, and a physicist.
(d) A cartologist, a botanist, and an astrologist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Thirty miles is how many degrees of longitude?

2. Who was Edmund Halley's heir?

3. Which clock was capable of winning Harrison the Longitude Prize?

4. What was Harrison's most prized accomplishment?

5. Who did Harrison first meet at Flamsteed House?

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