Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Test | Final 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. Who awarded Harrison the remainder of the prize money?

2. By the mid-nineteenth century, what was the accepted way to navigate longitude?

3. Who wrote "The British Mariner's Guide?"

4. Where did William sail on the second test of H-4?

5. Who was Edmund Halley's heir?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to the Royal Academy of Astronomers, why was Harrison not "worthy" to solve the problem of longitude?

3. Explain the title of Chapter 10: The Diamond Timekeeper.

4. Why was Maskelyne threatened by Harrison?

5. What happened when H-3 and H-4 were tested at sea?

6. What effect did Harrison's clocks have on Britain?

7. Who were Harrison's enemies? Why?

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

9. Describe the H-4.

10. What was the problem with Maskelyne's lunar-distance method?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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