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. What was the response by the Board of Longitude to Harrison's first presentation?

2. How were Harrison and Maskelyne different?

3. How old was Harrison when he completed the H-5?

4. What kind of solution to the longitude problem did the Board of Longitude originally desire?

5. Which clock did Harrison become dissatisfied with and never made to sea?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the Board of Longitude hire Larcum Kendall to do?

2. What happened to clockmaking after Harrison's death?

3. Who were Harrison's enemies? Why?

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

5. What was Harrison's ultimate vindication?

6. What role did the astronomers elitism play in the quest for solving the longitude problem?

7. Why was the Board of Longitude biased against Harrison?

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

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

10. What was Harrison's primary motivation for winning the longitude prize?

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

The Royal Astronomers were determined that the answer to the longitude problem resided in the heavens. Why wouldn't the astronomer's consider an alternative solution to the longitude problem, such as Harrison's clock solution?

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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