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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. Due to the astronomers' ______________, Harrison would face much resistance after he finished his greatest work.
2. Were Harrison's clocks in working order before being taken for tests at the Royal Observatory?
3. What was the Board of Longitude's response after the initial testing of H-4?
4. How many more times accurate was the H-4 than the Longitude Act required?
5. Who prepared the pocket watch for the assembly line?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Maskelyne threatened by Harrison?
2. Explain the relationship between Harrison and Jefferys.
3. Who were Harrison's enemies? Why?
4. What was Harrison's ultimate vindication?
5. Explain the title of Chapter 10: The Diamond Timekeeper.
6. Describe the H-4.
7. What happened when King George III took an interest in Harrison's clocks?
8. Explain the title of Chapter 12: A Tale of Two Portraits.
9. What effect did Harrison's clocks have on Britain?
10. In Chapter 11: Trial by Fire and Water, who is the villain introduced? Why was he at odds with Harrison?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Early attempts to solve the problem of longitude divided into two main camps, those who were looking for a "heavenly" solution, and those who considered an "earthly" solution. Do these titles imply a hierarchy to you? Do you think that members of the Royal Astronomical Observatory also used this titles to imply superiority over non-members? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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