Math: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Position 1 (Questions)

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Position is about the location of something, or which direction to take to get from A to B. To describe position we use words like horizontal and vertical lines, or clockwise and counterclockwise direction. Understanding what these words mean will help you to read maps and maybe stop you from getting lost!

Do you know North from South or horizontal from vertical lines? Take this quiz and discover what you know about position.

1. Which compass point is at the top?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[ ] West
2. Which compass point is at the bottom?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[ ] West
3. Which compass point is on the left?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[ ] West
4. Which compass point is on the right?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[ ] West
5. What is the name given to something that goes from left to right?
[ ] Horizontal
[ ] Vertical
[ ] Diagonal
[ ] Column
6. Which way does vertical go?
[ ] Up and down
[ ] Left to right
[ ] Slanted from corner to corner
[ ] Curved
7. What is a diagonal line?
[ ] A line that goes from top to bottom
[ ] A line that goes from left to right
[ ] A slanted line
[ ] A curved line
8. On a grid, which straight run of squares goes in a horizontal line?
[ ] Column
[ ] Row
[ ] Pole
[ ] Strip
9. If something turns in the opposite direction to the hands of a clock, what is it called?
[ ] Clockwise
[ ] Nonclockwise
[ ] Counterclockwise
[ ] Unclockwise
10. A right angle turn is equivalent to?
[ ] One whole turn
[ ] One half turn
[ ] Three quarter turn
[ ] One quarter turn
Math: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Position 1 (Answers)
1. Which compass point is at the top?
[x] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[ ] West
North points up. The North Pole is at the top of a globe
2. Which compass point is at the bottom?
[ ] North
[x] South
[ ] East
[ ] West
South points down. The South Pole is at the bottom of a globe
3. Which compass point is on the left?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[ ] East
[x] West
The Sun always sets in the west
4. Which compass point is on the right?
[ ] North
[ ] South
[x] East
[ ] West
To remember the compass points use a rhyme such as 'Never Eat Slimy Worms'
5. What is the name given to something that goes from left to right?
[x] Horizontal
[ ] Vertical
[ ] Diagonal
[ ] Column
Horizontal is left to right like the horizon
6. Which way does vertical go?
[x] Up and down
[ ] Left to right
[ ] Slanted from corner to corner
[ ] Curved
The walls of most buildings are vertical
7. What is a diagonal line?
[ ] A line that goes from top to bottom
[ ] A line that goes from left to right
[x] A slanted line
[ ] A curved line
Diagonal lines are straight, but neither vertical nor horizontal
8. On a grid, which straight run of squares goes in a horizontal line?
[ ] Column
[x] Row
[ ] Pole
[ ] Strip
The vertical lines of squares are columns
9. If something turns in the opposite direction to the hands of a clock, what is it called?
[ ] Clockwise
[ ] Nonclockwise
[x] Counterclockwise
[ ] Unclockwise
The Sun moves clockwise across the sky - unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case it move counterclockwise
10. A right angle turn is equivalent to?
[ ] One whole turn
[ ] One half turn
[ ] Three quarter turn
[x] One quarter turn
If the minute hand on a clock started at the 12 and moved one quarter turn to point at the 3, it would be quarter past the hour