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 was Edmund Halley's heir?

2. The number of pocket watches grew from one in 1737 to how many in 1815?

3. What was the Board of Longitude's response after the initial testing of H-4?

4. What country was Thomas Godfrey from?

5. The Board of Longitude demanded Harrison hand over the H-4 so it could be used by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Maskelyne threatened by Harrison?

2. Describe the H-4.

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

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

5. What hurdles did Harrison have to jump over even though the H-4 was accurate enough to win the Longitude Prize?

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

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

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

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

10. Explain the title of Chapter 14: The Mass Production of Genius.

Essay Topics

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

The hero of "Longitude" is John Harrison. In an essay, outline his major accomplishments in relation to the longitude problem. Did his background help or hurt him? What controversies did he have to endure?

Essay Topic 3

Complete a historical analysis of John Harrison. How would you describe him? What qualities did he posses that helped him to be successful?

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