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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. What did Edmund Halley successfully predict?
(a) The accuracy of a clock.
(b) The navigational currents of the Atlantic.
(c) The winner of the longitude prize.
(d) Celestial movements.

2. Who did Bradley want to split the longitude award prize money with?
(a) Harrison.
(b) Maskelyne.
(c) Jeffreys.
(d) Mayer.

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

4. 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 excited to share his plans with more people.
(c) He was jovial and handed them over.
(d) He was furious, but complied.

5. Who prepared the pocket watch for the assembly line?
(a) Arnold.
(b) Kendall.
(c) Earnshaw.
(d) Harrison.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much time did H-4 lose at sea when it was being tested?

2. Which clock did Harrison become dissatisfied with and never made to sea?

3. How long did it take to build the K-1?

4. What happened to clockmaking after Harrison's death?

5. Which clock can function today, but is not run in order to preserve its parts?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was the Board of Longitude biased against Harrison?

3. Explain the title of Chapter 12: A Tale of Two Portraits.

4. What happened when Harrison presented H-1 to the Board of Longitude?

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

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

7. Describe Harrison's relationship with the Board of Longitude.

8. Explain the relationship between Harrison and Jefferys.

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

10. Explain the developments in finding an astronomical solution outlined in Chapter 9: Hands on Heaven's Clock.

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