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. Early clocks weren't up to measuring longitude at sea for two reasons. They were not accurate and changed because of what while at sea?

2. Where does the quote at the beginning of Chapter 3: Adrift in a Clockwork Universe have the author dreaming he is locked in?

3. What did Huygen's published argument state?

4. Harrison's clocks were referred to as:

5. Where was the destination the Centurion was sailing for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe John Harrison's family.

3. Explain the title of Chapter 5: Powder of Sympathy.

4. Compare Newton's thoughts about the solution of the longitude problem at the beginning of Chapter 6: The Prize to his thoughts at the end of the chapter.

5. Describe the legend of how Galileo came up with the idea of the pendulum clock.

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

7. Describe John Harrison.

8. What did Huygens patent in 1675.

9. What was Humphrey Ditton's suggestion for determining longitude?

10. What was the result of the Whiston-Ditton proposal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Sobel's writing style. How does she balance fact and opinion to further the plot of the book? Does her style lend itself more to fiction or nonfiction?

Essay Topic 2

What role did elitism play in the quest for a clock based solution to longitude?

Essay Topic 3

When the Board of Longitude established a large monetary prize, many inventors came forward with ideas on how to solve the problem. In an essay, analyze whether or not the monetary award associated with the longitude prize helped to spur ideas for solving longitude or created a setback in time wasted having to consider crackpot schemes.

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