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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Newton believe the answer to the longitude problem lie?
(a) An astronomical solution.
(b) A sound and light solution.
(c) The wounded dog theory.
(d) A clock based solution.

2. What could the powder of sympathy reportedly do?
(a) Heal at a distance.
(b) Cure scurvy.
(c) Point north when mixed with water.
(d) Make one immortal.

3. Who won the Hooke/Huygens conflict?
(a) Both.
(b) Neither.
(c) Hugyens.
(d) Hooke.

4. Where did Harrison go to present his case to the Board of Longitude?
(a) London.
(b) Edinburgh.
(c) Paris.
(d) Oxford.

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

6. Who was in command of the ships that ran into the Scilly Islands near England?
(a) Admiral Sir Clowdisley Shovell.
(b) Samuel Pepys.
(c) Commodore George Anson.
(d) John Harrison.

7. When the Centurion set sail for the South Pacific, what did they not take with them?
(a) Medication to ward off scurvy.
(b) A compass.
(c) Smith's map.
(d) Harrison's clock.

8. In the Whiston-Ditton proposal, what did they hope to be exempt from?
(a) Taxes.
(b) Acts of piracy.
(c) Espionage.
(d) War.

9. 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) 5.
(d) 30.

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

11. 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) Sent the ship 50 miles off course.
(c) Stopped working midway through the voyage because of the temperature change.
(d) Kept good track of the ship's longitude.

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

13. How was John Harrison educated?
(a) He went to Oxford.
(b) He attended elementary school in his town.
(c) He had no formal education.
(d) He learned alongside Newton.

14. What was one of Harrison's innovations?
(a) A new clock face that revolutionized the way we tell time.
(b) A vacuum that held out temperature changes.
(c) A brass and steel pendulum that aided in keeping time despite temperature changes.
(d) Gears that could last for extended periods at sea.

15. Why was it remarkable for Harrison to build his first pendulum clock?
(a) His design was stolen midway through building the clock.
(b) He wasn't a watchmakers apprentice.
(c) He was an adamant believer in the astronomical solution to longitude.
(d) He came from a very poor family with no means to build a clock.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the fog described at the beginning of Chapter 2: The Sea Before Time?

2. After the Association ran aground and the captain's body was found, what of value was found on him?

3. What did King Louis XIV of France complain about with more accurate measures of longitude?

4. When did clock makers begin to design clocks to measure longitude?

5. Who helped Harrison build a clock that never lost more than a second per month?

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