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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did King Louis XIV of France complain about with more accurate measures of longitude?
(a) That he was losing more territory to his astronomers than his enemies.
(b) That maps based on stars were inaccurate.
(c) That the economic costs of not knowing longitude were bankrupting his country.
(d) That sea travel became more treacherous.

2. What was Flamsteed's reaction to his maps being seized?
(a) He angrily turned them all over to Newton.
(b) He burned most of his maps.
(c) He was so frustrated he gave up the quest to solve longitude.
(d) He made incorrect copies and gave those to the British government.

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

4. When measuring longitude, each hour of time difference between the ship and starting point marks a progress of how many degrees of longitude?
(a) 25.
(b) 15.
(c) 30.
(d) 5.

5. At the end of Chapter 6: The Prize, how had Newton changed his thinking about the longitude problem?
(a) He began to believe that there was no hope for solving the longitude problem.
(b) He began to think a clock might solve the longitude problem.
(c) He was so frustrated he gave up the quest to solve longitude.
(d) He wrote about the benefits to an astronomical solution.

6. Hooke nor Huygens were able to:
(a) Collaborate on a working clock.
(b) Produce a clock that worked at sea.
(c) Collect on the monetary prize offered for solving the problem of longitude.
(d) Get the Royal Society to declare a winner.

7. What was the official title of the monetary award for solving the longitude problem?
(a) The Longitude Award.
(b) The Longitude Prize.
(c) The Longitude Problem.
(d) The Longitude Solution.

8. What was Harrison's most prized accomplishment?
(a) Discovering the lunar method of calculating longitude.
(b) Inventing military time.
(c) Inventing a clock with hands.
(d) Inventing a clock that would keep accurate time at sea.

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

10. Who completed the first working pendulum clock?
(a) Galileo.
(b) Vincenzio.
(c) Thomas Blundeville.
(d) Christian Huygens.

11. What disease afflicted many sailors at sea for long periods of time?
(a) Hepatitis.
(b) Scurvy.
(c) Malaria.
(d) Typhoid fever.

12. What unusual occurrence helped in early navigation at sea?
(a) Asteroids.
(b) Solar and lunar eclipses.
(c) Comets.
(d) Storms.

13. What did King Louis build in Paris?
(a) An astronomical obersvatory.
(b) A telescope.
(c) The Eifel Tower.
(d) Notre Dame.

14. When did Harrison learn of the Longitude Prize?
(a) 1712.
(b) 1700.
(c) 1727.
(d) 1735.

15. What toy does the narrator play with at the beginning of Chapter 1: Imaginary Lines?
(a) A globe.
(b) A beaded wire ball.
(c) A spinning top.
(d) A yo-yo.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What did Harrison build that still function today?

3. What was one disadvantage to using the magnetic variation method to determine longitude?

4. Besides clocks, what was Hooke known for?

5. Thirty miles is how many degrees of longitude?

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