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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. What did Humphrey Ditton propose to use to solve the longitude problem?
2. Who was in command of the ships that ran into the Scilly Islands near England?
3. Where was the destination the Centurion was sailing for?
4. When did clock makers begin to design clocks to measure longitude?
5. What was one of Harrison's innovations?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 2: The Sea Before Time, what happened to Sir Clowdisley's voyage?
2. Why is the story of Sir Clowdisley included in Chapter 2: The Sea Before Time?
3. Who were the early players in the longitude prize described in Chapter 6: The Prize. What role did they play?
4. 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?
5. Describe John Harrison's family.
6. What was Galileo's longitude solution?
7. Why did changes in temperature affect early clocks?
8. What was the Longitude Act of 1714?
9. Explain how longitude is affected by time.
10. What was the main problem with the "lunar-distance" method?
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
Dava Sobel had a keen interest in the longitude problem. In an essay, what do you know about Sobel as an author? What was her purpose in writing Longitude?
Essay Topic 3
A theme central to the book is that of ambition. Harrison's ambition comes through with his determination to solve the longitude problem through timepieces, despite various obstacles. In an essay, discuss Harrison's motivation for winning the longitude prize. Was Harrison intrinsically motivated because he was a hard worker and wanted to succeed or extrinsically motivated by wealth and fame?
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