Try this 15-question GCSE quiz to see how much you know about using maps and the evidence you can find on OS maps, isoline maps, choropleth maps and others to answer exam questions. Make sure to download the map extracts below before starting the quiz!

If you haven't already done them, work through the ‘Using map resources part 1’ and ‘Using map resources part 2’ units, which use OS map extracts of North Wales and Cambridge, as well as maps that display data, to find out more. Or look at them again to help fill in any gaps in your knowledge about finding evidence in maps.


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Rank Name Score
1st JSD 28
2nd n.m 28
3rd JWS 28
4th TRP 28
5th HSC 28
6th VL- 28
7th JAR 28
8th FAH 28
9th ads 28
10th DS. 28

QUIZZES // Using map resources

Q1. Study map extract 1 (go back and download the map extracts if you haven't already!). What is the dominant direction of longshore drift along this North Wales coastline?

North to south

East to west

West to east

South to north

Q2. Study map extract 1. Using evidence from the map, suggest how you would know that the A548 runs along the bottom edge of a hill.

The contour lines on the southern side of the A548 are close together, while on northern side they are far apart

The road winds across the landscape and is not straight

It is a main road with many junctions

The road frequently experiences flooding

Q3. Study map extract 1. Name the feature found at grid reference 129850.

An arch

A wave cut platform

A stack

A spit

Q4. Study map extract 1. Name two features seen on the map to suggest that this area is commonly used for leisure and recreation.

The beach and easy road access

Caravan parks and walking trails

A rural landscape and a quiet environment

A golf course and a lighthouse

Q5. Study map extract 1. Suggest one reason why the feature at 129850 may not have extended any further beyond the mainland.

Human interference through building works

Tidal movement of water in and out of the estuary would erode it away

Human extraction of sand for the construction industry

Strong movement of sediment through longshore drift

Q6. Study map extract 2. Using evidence from the map extract, suggest a reason why this location (465618) was chosen for the Science Park.

Near to farmland

Close to shops and services

Close to good transport connections (such as a main road)

Cheap land

Q7. Study map extract 2. What evidence in the map extract suggests that this area is well-connected to other locations?

There is an airport nearby

There are large, open spaces

There are main road networks and a railway line

A high population density

Q8. Study map extract 2. Using evidence from the map, suggest two reasons why the village of Horningsea (4962) may be prone to flooding.

It is close to a river and lies on flat ground

It has few flood defences and is on the flood plain

It follows the same shape as the river and sits below the river level

It receives high levels of rainfall and the drainage basin is circular

Q9. Study map extract 2. The area in the east of the map is described as fenland. Using the map to help you, which of the following best describes fenland?

An area of mixed residential land use and woodland

A flat area of high recreational use

A series of interconnected villages

A drained area of flat marshland, predominantly used for farming

Q10. Study map extract 2. Choose a word that best describes the settlement pattern in the south west corner of the map.





Q11. Study map extract 2. Cambridge may have decided to use a ‘Park and Ride’ transport system for a number of reasons. Which of the following reasons is not evident in the map?

Cambridge wishes to improve its carbon footprint

There are limited car parks in the centre of Cambridge

Places like colleges and museums that attract tourists are likely to be visited on foot

Cambridge appears to have a lot of small and narrow lanes

Q12. Study map extract 3. If one were to describe a general pattern of the data on this map, it would be:

The newer the building, the more likely it is to have serious or severe structural damage

The older the building, the more likely it is to have serious or severe structural damage

Buildings constructed between 1950 and 1980 are most likely to have serious or severe structural damage

There is no relationship between building age and structural damage

Q13. Study map extract 3. Which statement best describes the spatial pattern shown in the map?

The buildings in the centre of the road tend to be the newest constructions

The buildings in the centre of the road tend to be less damaged than those at the eastern and western extents

There is no spatial pattern to the amount of damage or the age of the buildings

The buildings in the centre of the road tend to be more damaged than those in the far east and west

Q14. Study map extract 3. Which building could most accurately be described as an anomaly in the context of the data presented.






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