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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the result of the test by Maskelyne of the H-4.
(a) The H-4 passed the test.
(b) The H-4 broke down midway through the test.
(c) The H-4 failed the test.
(d) The test was never completed of the H-4.

2. How many working parts does the H-3 have?
(a) 675.
(b) 453.
(c) 753.
(d) 962.

3. What did Jeffery's make for Harrison?
(a) A compass.
(b) A pocketwatch.
(c) A telescope.
(d) A microscope.

4. How long did it take Harrison to build H1?
(a) Six months.
(b) Five years.
(c) Twenty years.
(d) Ten years.

5. After Bradley died, who filled the open slot on the Board of Longitude.
(a) Bliss.
(b) Harrison.
(c) It remains vacant.
(d) Maskelyne.

6. Who was to test H-3 and H-4 at sea?
(a) WIlliam, Harrison's son.
(b) Edmund, Harrison's colleage.
(c) Bradley.
(d) Maskelyne.

7. What did George Graham give Harrison?
(a) A model clock.
(b) A pass to the Royal Observatory.
(c) A loan to build his first clock.
(d) A book on the mechanics of clockmaking.

8. How much did the Board of Longitude award both Earnshaw and Arnold?
(a) One hundred pounds.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Twenty five thousand pounds.
(d) Three thousand pounds.

9. How old was Harrison when he completed the H-5?
(a) 55.
(b) 85.
(c) 79.
(d) 39.

10. What did Harrison claim was wrong with Maskelyne's test of the H-4.
(a) It was placed in the basement, keeping the gears too cold to work correctly.
(b) It was dropped repeatedly in transport.
(c) Harrison used an incorrect testing method.
(d) It was placed in direct sunlight, superheating the watch mechanisms under the glass.

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

12. Describe the relationship between Harrison and the Royal Academy of Astronomers.
(a) They were friends.
(b) They were enemies.
(c) They were financial backers.
(d) They were colleagues.

13. What did Hadley and Godfrey invent?
(a) A working telescope.
(b) A method to calculate lunar distance.
(c) A celestial navigation map.
(d) A working clock.

14. What benefit did competition result in for clock making?
(a) Lowered price.
(b) Increased costs.
(c) Better maps.
(d) More profit.

15. After successfully completing the H-4, who passed an act that placed new restrictions on Harrison?
(a) The Royal Astronomers.
(b) The French Government.
(c) The Board of Longitude.
(d) The British Legislature.

Short Answer Questions

1. Nevil Maskelyne was a major proponent of ___________.

2. Why did Harrison take so long to build the H-3?

3. How many days per month would the lunar distance method not work.

4. Who won the Longitude Prize?

5. How accurate was Arnold's pocket watch that was tested by Maskelyne?

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