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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How long did it take Harrison to build H-2?
(a) Six months.
(b) Two years.
(c) Five years.
(d) Ten years.

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

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

5. What country was Thomas Godfrey from?
(a) France.
(b) Spain.
(c) United States.
(d) England.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who aided Harrison in building the H-3?

2. How much did H-3 weigh?

3. Maskelyne eventually concluded that the lunar distance method had problems. When would the lunar-distance method not work?

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

5. How long did it take Harrison to build and test the H-5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did the astronomers elitism play in the quest for solving the longitude problem?

2. What was Harrison's primary motivation for winning the longitude prize?

3. Describe the progression of Harrison's clocks in Chapter 8: The Grasshopper Goes to Sea.

4. Why didn't the H-4 win the Longitude Prize?

5. What happened when H-3 and H-4 were tested at sea?

6. In Chapter 11: Trial by Fire and Water, who is the villain introduced? Why was he at odds with Harrison?

7. What happened when King George III took an interest in Harrison's clocks?

8. Describe the H-4.

9. What struggles did astronomers go through in attempting to solve the problem of longitude?

10. Explain the title of Chapter 14: The Mass Production of Genius.

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