Map Reading Skills Test! Trivia Knowledge Quiz

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Map reading refers to a process of interpreting or comprehending the geographic information depicted on a map. A reader should have the necessary skills to develop a mental map of the real-world and well versed in identifying the symbolized data shown on the map. The symbols include distance, direction, natural and human-made features, and topographical features. Take this quiz to test your knowledge and level of awareness you've got in map reading. Let's begin. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the features below cannot be found in a political map?

    • A.

      Border lines

    • B.

      Capital cities

    • C.

      Contour lines

    • D.

      Ocean names

    Correct Answer
    C. Contour lines
    Explanation
    A political map focuses on showing the boundaries of countries, states, and cities, along with their capital cities. It also includes other political features such as rivers and lakes. However, contour lines represent the elevation and shape of the land, which is typically found in a physical map rather than a political map.

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  • 2. 

    What is the typical scale of a continental map?

    • A.

      1 : 1

    • B.

      1: 1000

    • C.

      1: 10 000

    • D.

      1 : 10 000 000

    • E.

      1 : 100 000 000

    Correct Answer
    D. 1 : 10 000 000
    Explanation
    NB : Tha scale always depends on the magnitude of the area the map represents.

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  • 3. 

    Which one of these norths is actually real ?

    • A.

      True north

    • B.

      Sea north

    • C.

      Map north

    • D.

      Ground north

    Correct Answer
    A. True north
    Explanation
    True north refers to the geographic North Pole, which is the northernmost point on the Earth's axis of rotation. It is the direction towards which all lines of longitude converge. Unlike magnetic north, which is the direction indicated by a compass needle, true north is a fixed point and does not change. Therefore, true north is the only north that can be considered "real" in terms of geographic orientation.

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  • 4. 

    What can one use in order to orienteer a map without using a compass?

    • A.

      Wind

    • B.

      Temperature

    • C.

      Humidity

    • D.

      Stars

    Correct Answer
    D. Stars
    Explanation
    One can use stars to orienteer a map without using a compass. By observing the position of stars in the sky, one can determine their direction and navigate accordingly. This method has been used for centuries by sailors, explorers, and travelers to find their way without relying on modern navigational tools.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following features can be found in a country map?

    • A.

      The names of important places and locations

    • B.

      Steepness of land

    • C.

      Bus numbers

    • D.

      Grid lines

    • E.

      Names of streets

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The names of important places and locations
    B. Steepness of land
    D. Grid lines
    Explanation
    A country map typically includes the names of important places and locations to help users identify specific areas or landmarks. It also includes information about the steepness of land, which is useful for understanding the topography of the country. Grid lines are commonly used to divide the map into sections and provide coordinates for navigation. However, bus numbers and names of streets are not typically included in a country map as they are more specific to urban areas and transportation systems.

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  • 6. 

    When you are on an orienteering hike you should always walk on the _____________ side of the road.

    Correct Answer(s)
    left
    Explanation
    When you are on an orienteering hike, you should always walk on the left side of the road. This is a general practice in many countries to ensure that you are facing oncoming traffic, which allows you to see vehicles approaching and react accordingly, enhancing safety for both pedestrians and drivers.

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  • 7. 

    _________________ and ________________ codes should always be obeyed on an orienteering hike.

    Correct Answer(s)
    highway, country
    Explanation
    On an orienteering hike, it is important to always obey the highway and country codes. This means following the rules and regulations set for both highways and country areas. By obeying the highway code, hikers ensure their safety by adhering to traffic laws and guidelines while crossing or walking alongside roads. Similarly, following the country code ensures that hikers respect the natural environment, wildlife, and local communities in rural areas. Both codes aim to promote safety, respect, and responsible behavior during the orienteering hike.

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  • 8. 

    What are the map-reading basics that will help you read a map successfully?

    • A.

      Compass directions, grid references and key

    • B.

      Compass directions, grid references, key and scale

    • C.

      Compass directions, grid references, key, scale and reading the title

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    C. Compass directions, grid references, key, scale and reading the title
    Explanation
    To read a map successfully, several map-reading basics are essential. Compass directions are necessary to determine the orientation of the map and understand the relationship between the map and the real world. Grid references provide a systematic way to locate specific points on the map. A key is crucial for interpreting the symbols and colors used on the map. Scale helps in understanding the distance between different locations on the map. Lastly, reading the title of the map provides important information about the subject or purpose of the map.

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  • 9. 

    What are the points of the compass starting at 12 o'clock and heading clockwise?

    • A.

      East, North, South, West

    • B.

      South, West, North, East

    • C.

      North, East, South, West

    • D.

      North, East, South West

    Correct Answer
    C. North, East, South, West
    Explanation
    The points of the compass starting at 12 o'clock and heading clockwise are North, East, South, and West. This is the standard order in which the compass directions are listed, with North being the first direction when facing clockwise.

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  • 10. 

    A four-figure grid reference represents what?

    • A.

      The grid square to the northwest of the point

    • B.

      The grid square to the north and east of the point

    • C.

      The grid square to the south and west of the point

    • D.

      The grid square to the east and west of the point

    Correct Answer
    B. The grid square to the north and east of the point
    Explanation
    A four-figure grid reference represents the grid square to the north and east of the point. This means that the first two digits of the grid reference represent the easting (horizontal) coordinate, while the last two digits represent the northing (vertical) coordinate. The grid square to the north and east of the point is determined by moving along the grid lines in those directions from the given point.

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