Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Harrison was an avid ___________.

2. How many times was Harrison married?

3. What year was Harrison born?

4. What was the powder of sympathy method to determine longitude called?

5. Thirty miles is how many degrees of longitude?

Short Essay Questions

1. In 1740, the Centurion set sail for the South Pacific without Harrison's clock. What might have been different about the voyage if they would have taken the clock? Why?

2. Why is the story of Sir Clowdisley included in Chapter 2: The Sea Before Time?

3. In Chapter 2: The Sea Before Time, what happened to Sir Clowdisley's voyage?

4. What was the Longitude Act of 1714?

5. Who were the early players in the longitude prize described in Chapter 6: The Prize. What role did they play?

6. What did Huygens patent in 1675.

7. Why did changes in temperature affect early clocks?

8. What was the main problem with the "lunar-distance" method?

9. What is the main difference, as identified in Chapter 1, between latitude and longitude?

10. What was the problem with measuring the speed of light? How was it solved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an essay, outline the accomplishments of the major players in the early quest to solve the longitude problem. Include the following: Thacket, Newton, Halley, Flamsteed, and the Board of Longitude.

Essay Topic 2

In an essay, analyze what genre Longitude is. What evidence from the text supports your opinion? Is it only one genre or a combination?

Essay Topic 3

Complete a historical analysis of John Harrison. How would you describe him? What qualities did he posses that helped him to be successful?

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