11-Plus Maths Quiz - Position 2 (Very Easy) (Questions)

Welcome to the second of our Very Easy Eleven Plus maths quizzes on Position. In the first we introduced you to the points on a compass. In this one we see how well you can remember them.

One way to remember the compass points is to imagine a clock face and remember this phrase:

Never Eat Soggy Worms – the first letters tell you the four directions, starting at 12 o’clock with North, then 3 o’clock is East, 6 o’clock is South and 9 o’clock is West.

There are 90o between each point on a compass, 180o between opposite points, and it’s 360o all the way around – a full rotation.

Now let’s see whether you can navigate your way through this quiz – good luck!

1. If you face East and turn through 90o anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
2. If you face South and turn through 270o clockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
3. If you face West and turn through 360o anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
4. If you face West and turn through 450o anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
5. If you face West, what is the compass point directly behind you?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
6. If you face South, what is the compass point directly behind you?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
7. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun is always in which part of the sky?
[ ] The Northern part
[ ] The Eastern part
[ ] The Southern part
[ ] The Western part
8. At dawn, when the Sun rises, which direction will your shadow be pointing?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[ ] West
9. Simon and William are standing next to each other. Simon is facing South and William is facing West. If Simon turns anticlockwise through 90o, what angle must William turn through to face in the same direction as Simon?
[ ] 90o clockwise
[ ] 90o anticlockwise
[ ] 180o
[ ] 360o
10. Nelly and Elsie are standing next to each other. Nelly is facing North and Elsie is facing East. What angle must Nelly turn through to face in the OPPOSITE direction to Elsie?
[ ] 360o
[ ] 270o clockwise
[ ] 180o
[ ] 90o clockwise
11-Plus Maths Quiz - Position 2 (Very Easy) (Answers)
1. If you face East and turn through 90o anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[x] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
'Anticlockwise' means that you turn (rotate) in the opposite direction to which the hands of the clock turn. 90o = a quarter turn
2. If you face South and turn through 270o clockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[ ] North
[x] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
'Clockwise' means that you turn (rotate) in the direction in which the hands of the clock turn. 270o = three lots of 90o or three-quarters of a turn
3. If you face West and turn through 360o anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[x] West
If you turn through 360o, you will ALWAYS end up facing the same direction no matter which way you turn
4. If you face West and turn through 450o anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
[ ] North
[ ] East
[x] South
[ ] West
'Anticlockwise' means that you turn (rotate) in the opposite direction to which the hands of the clock turn. 450o = five lots of 90o
5. If you face West, what is the compass point directly behind you?
[ ] North
[x] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
Make a little drawing and you will see that it is East
6. If you face South, what is the compass point directly behind you?
[x] North
[ ] East
[ ] South
[ ] West
Make a little drawing and you will see that it is North
7. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun is always in which part of the sky?
[ ] The Northern part
[ ] The Eastern part
[x] The Southern part
[ ] The Western part
If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sun is always in the Northern part of the sky
8. At dawn, when the Sun rises, which direction will your shadow be pointing?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[x] West
The Sun rises in the East, so shadows at dawn will be pointing West
9. Simon and William are standing next to each other. Simon is facing South and William is facing West. If Simon turns anticlockwise through 90o, what angle must William turn through to face in the same direction as Simon?
[ ] 90o clockwise
[ ] 90o anticlockwise
[x] 180o
[ ] 360o
'Anticlockwise' means that you turn (rotate) in the opposite direction to which the hands of the clock turn. Simon turns through 90o (= a quarter turn) and ends up facing East. William will have to turn 180o, either clockwise or anticlockwise
10. Nelly and Elsie are standing next to each other. Nelly is facing North and Elsie is facing East. What angle must Nelly turn through to face in the OPPOSITE direction to Elsie?
[ ] 360o
[x] 270o clockwise
[ ] 180o
[ ] 90o clockwise
Elsie is facing West, so Nelly needs to rotate until she is facing West. To do that, she can turn 270o clockwise or 90o anticlockwise