KS3 Geography Quiz - Geography Skills 03 (Questions)

Test your geography skills in this KS3 quiz. Geography is mostly about data handling in one form or another. OS maps contain data that shows the location of geographical features like woods, valleys and buildings. A relief map shows data about the heights above and below mean sea level. The data on a weather map shows air pressure, temperature, wind speed and other related atmospheric phenomena. Different maps are therefore used for different purposes, depending on what data is to be shown.

Sometimes it is difficult to show some data using a map, so we use a chart instead. A good example of this is showing the climate for a particular place. When time is involved, maps are not very good at showing it. You need a different map for different times, so things can get quite bulky. To show the climate for a location requires data that covers a 12 month period, so you would need 12 maps. But then there is the problem of showing temperature and rainfall on the same map. The solution is to use a climate chart instead. The rainfall is shown using bars, like on a bar chart and the temperature is drawn as a line.

1. The link between number of doctors and life expectancy should be shown on what?
[ ] A block bar graph
[ ] A divided bar graph
[ ] A population pyramid
[ ] A scatter graph
2. Maps using lines of different widths to show the value of data are called what?
[ ] Expanding maps
[ ] Flatline maps
[ ] Flow line maps
[ ] Linear maps
3. Which creature gives its name to a type of diagram?
[ ] Butterfly
[ ] Centipede
[ ] Octopus
[ ] Spider
4. On a scatter graph, if one value increases while the other decreases, it shows what?
[ ] A negative relationship
[ ] A positive relationship
[ ] No relationship
[ ] You have drawn it wrong
5. Which of the following would be the most appropriate way to show the link between changes in river velocity and rainfall?
[ ] Bar graph
[ ] Choropleth map
[ ] Scatter graph
[ ] Pie chart
6. When would it be very difficult or even impossible to draw a line of best fit?
[ ] When there are less than ten points plotted
[ ] When there is a negative relationship
[ ] When there is a positive relationship
[ ] When there is no link between the data
7. Which map should be used to show air pressure?
[ ] Atlas
[ ] Choropleth
[ ] Flow line
[ ] Isoline
8. What does the line on a climate graph show?
[ ] Hours of sunshine
[ ] Rainfall
[ ] Temperature
[ ] Wind speed
9. What is often at the end of a line on a flow map?
[ ] Arrow head
[ ] Asterisk
[ ] Cross
[ ] Circle
10. What is the best choice of map to show ocean currents?
[ ] Flow line map
[ ] Isoline map
[ ] Ordnance Survey map
[ ] Sketch map
KS3 Geography Quiz - Geography Skills 03 (Answers)
1. The link between number of doctors and life expectancy should be shown on what?
[ ] A block bar graph
[ ] A divided bar graph
[ ] A population pyramid
[x] A scatter graph
You can then draw a line of best fit to spot any pattern
2. Maps using lines of different widths to show the value of data are called what?
[ ] Expanding maps
[ ] Flatline maps
[x] Flow line maps
[ ] Linear maps
Useful for showing movements of goods, people and information
3. Which creature gives its name to a type of diagram?
[ ] Butterfly
[ ] Centipede
[ ] Octopus
[x] Spider
You must have drawn loads of these! They are a great way of organising your thoughts or summarising information
4. On a scatter graph, if one value increases while the other decreases, it shows what?
[x] A negative relationship
[ ] A positive relationship
[ ] No relationship
[ ] You have drawn it wrong
When both increase at the same time it's a positive relationship
5. Which of the following would be the most appropriate way to show the link between changes in river velocity and rainfall?
[ ] Bar graph
[ ] Choropleth map
[x] Scatter graph
[ ] Pie chart
Scatter graphs help to identify relationships (links) between data sets
6. When would it be very difficult or even impossible to draw a line of best fit?
[ ] When there are less than ten points plotted
[ ] When there is a negative relationship
[ ] When there is a positive relationship
[x] When there is no link between the data
The values will be scattered in no definite pattern
7. Which map should be used to show air pressure?
[ ] Atlas
[ ] Choropleth
[ ] Flow line
[x] Isoline
Isolines showing areas with the same air pressure are called isobars
8. What does the line on a climate graph show?
[ ] Hours of sunshine
[ ] Rainfall
[x] Temperature
[ ] Wind speed
The bars on a climate graph show rainfall
9. What is often at the end of a line on a flow map?
[x] Arrow head
[ ] Asterisk
[ ] Cross
[ ] Circle
The arrow head shows the direction of flow
10. What is the best choice of map to show ocean currents?
[x] Flow line map
[ ] Isoline map
[ ] Ordnance Survey map
[ ] Sketch map
You can use different colours to show which are warm currents and which are cold currents. Thicker and thinner arrows could be used to show stronger and weaker currents