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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was hired to copy the H-4?
(a) Larcum Kendall.
(b) John Jeffreys.
(c) George III.
(d) Captain Cook.

2. How many days per month would the lunar distance method not work.
(a) 2 days.
(b) 7 days.
(c) 13 days.
(d) 5 days.

3. Who did Harrison first contact when he arrived in London?
(a) Edmund Halley.
(b) Admiral Norris.
(c) Dr. James Bradley.
(d) George Graham.

4. How many more times accurate was the H-4 than the Longitude Act required?
(a) Three times.
(b) Five times.
(c) Two times.
(d) Four times.

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

6. Were Harrison's clocks in working order before being taken for tests at the Royal Observatory?
(a) Maskelyne said they "appeared to be" in working order.
(b) Maskelyne said they "most definetly" were in working order.
(c) Maskelyne said they "were not" in working order.
(d) Maskelyne said they "needed a tune up" to be in working order.

7. How were Harrison and Maskelyne different?
(a) Maskelyne had an elite education.
(b) Maskelyne favored an analytical approach.
(c) Harrison always worked with a partner, while Maskelyne always worked alone.
(d) Harrison was much younger.

8. Why did Harrison take so long to build the H-3?
(a) He repeatedly ran out of money.
(b) It is unknown.
(c) His design was ransacked midway through completion.
(d) The design faltered during a sea test and he had to start over.

9. When Harrison was asked to hand his plans over to the British government, what was his reaction?
(a) He was devastated and burned them.
(b) He was furious, but complied.
(c) He was jovial and handed them over.
(d) He was excited to share his plans with more people.

10. The number of pocket watches grew from one in 1737 to how many in 1815?
(a) Four hundred.
(b) Two hundred.
(c) Five thousand.
(d) Three thousand.

11. How many clocks did Kendall build?
(a) One: the K-1.
(b) Three: the K-1, K-2 and K-3.
(c) Four: the K-1, K-2, K-3 and K-4.
(d) Two: the K-1 and K-2.

12. Which clock was Harrison's greatest triumph?
(a) H-2.
(b) H-1.
(c) H-4.
(d) H-3.

13. What was the response by the Board of Longitude to Harrison's first presentation?
(a) The Board gave him a loan to build a second clock.
(b) The Board asked him to leave London.
(c) The Board asked for additional proof that his clock worked.
(d) The Board awarded him the monetary prize for solving the longitude problem.

14. Who wrote "The British Mariner's Guide?"
(a) Bradley.
(b) Harrison.
(c) Maskelyne.
(d) Bliss.

15. What happened to clockmaking after Harrison's death?
(a) Clockmaking halted.
(b) Clockmaking reversed in advancement.
(c) Clockmaking stalled.
(d) Clockmaking boomed.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the Longitude Act repealed?

2. Which of Harrison's clocks continue to function to this day?

3. What is the size of the H-4?

4. The members of the Board of Longitude were members of which class of society?

5. How would you describe Nevil Maskelyne?

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