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Cartography
(Click on the question number for the answer.)
 
Spherical Maps
A map that depicts the world as a sphere is a ...
 
Mapping
The cartographic technique by which points on the sphere of the Earth are transferred to points on the plane surface of a map is ...
A. trajection
B. projection
C. intersection
D. interpolation
E. approximation
 
Topo Maps
One of the distinctive features of a topographic map is that it shows ...
A. roads
B. latitudes
C. elevations
D. scale of distances
E. man-made structures
 
Cartography 101
The reference lines on a globe which circle the Earth parallel to the equator are lines of ...
 
Cartography 102
Cartographers measure angular distance east or west on the Earth's surface with ...
 
Map Scales
Two cities that are 2 1/2 inches apart on a map are actually 750 miles apart. Therefore, one inch on the map is equal to how many miles?
A. 250
B. 300
C. 350
D. 400
E. 450
 
Compasses
A compass indicates direction by detecting ...
A. pressure differences
B. variations in gravity
C. solar wind directions
D. magnetic lines of force
E. differences in temperature
 
Cardinal Directions
In how many different directions could one travel from the North Pole?
 
Latitudes
Which country shares a line of latitude with Mexico?
A. Libya
B. Denmark
C. Mozambique
D. North Korea
E. New Zealand
 
Time Lines
By international agreement, each calendar day begins at this line at midnight so that when it is Sunday just west of the line, it is Saturday just east of it. What is the name of this line?
 
Bearings
A compass bearing of 165 degrees describes a ...
A. northerly direction
B. northwesterly direction
C. southeasterly direction
D. southwesterly direction
E. northeasterly direction
 
Coordinates
The junction of the prime meridian and the equator is closest to ...
A. Asia
B. Africa
C. Europe
D. Australia
E. North America
 
Northerly Directions
Many maps indicate two somewhat different directions for north. One direction is true north. What is the other type of north?
 
Special Lines
Lines of latitude are called parallels. What is another name for longitude lines?
 
Longitude
What is the total number of degrees of longitude in one hemisphere of the Earth?
A. 45
B. 90
C. 180
D. 270
E. 360
 
Distortion
The size of which body of water is most distorted on a Mercator projection?
A. Red Sea
B. Arctic Ocean
C. Bay of Bengal
D. Atlantic Ocean
E. Mediterranean Sea
 
Map Projections
What type of map projection has longitude lines that extend outward from the pole like spokes of a wheel?
 
Contour Lines
The contour interval on a topographic map is 40 feet. There are 132 contour lines between your base camp and a mountain peak 1 mile away. The slope of the mountain is about ...
A. 20 degrees
B. 32 degrees
C. 45 degrees
D. 54 degrees
E. 68 degrees
 
Degree Distances
One degree of latitude equals about how many miles?
A. 43
B. 56
C. 69
D. 87
E. 98
 
Worlds Away
What time is it at the International Date Line if it is 2 p.m. at Greenwich, England?
 
Topography
A cartographer would use the fewest number of contour lines when drawing a topographic map of which state?
A. Iowa
B. Idaho
C. Alaska
D. Montana
E. Pennsylvania
 
Latitude Location
You are standing on what continent when you are at a latitude of 90 degrees south?
 
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
On Tuesday morning, Superman steps out of a convenient phone booth in Peking, China and flies eastward at the speed of Mach 3. He lands on the Golden Gate Bridge. What day is it?
A. Friday
B. Sunday
C. Monday
D. Tuesday
E. Wednesday
 
Map Symbols
Maps incorporate many different kinds of symbols. What is the name for the part of a map that explains the meaning of these symbols?
 
Lots of Longitude
Lines of longitude are most closely spaced in the northern part of ...
A. China
B. Russia
C. Turkey
D. Brazil
E. Australia
 
Persistent Problems
The most enduring and elusive challenge to navigators was accurately determining ...
A. latitude
B. longitude
C. elevation
D. true north
E. magnetic north
 
Global Geography
The British Isles are approximately antipodal with which continent?
 
Map Projections
The Mercator projection is actually which type of projection?
A. conical
B. gnomonic
C. zenithal
D. conformal
E. cylindrical
 
Tiny Time Zones
One degree of longitude is equal to about how many minutes of time?
 
Different Diagrams
On a cartogram in which the area of each country is adjusted to correspond with its population, which country is largest?
A. India
B. France
C. Ethiopia
D. Argentina
E. United States
 
 
 
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Answers to Cartography
1. globe
2. B
3. C
4. latitude
5. longitude
6. B
7. D
8. only south
9. A
10. International Date Line
11. C
12. B
13. magnetic north
14. meridians
15. C
16. B
17. polar projection
18. C
19. C
20. 2 a.m.
21. A
22. Antarctica
23. C
24. legend (or key)
25. B
26. B
27. Australia
28. E
29. 4
30. A
 
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