Math: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Shapes - Bearings (Questions)

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Aircraft and ships are navigated using bearings. Bearings help people find their way. Countries would still be waiting to be discovered without bearings!

See if you can find your way to the end of this Math quiz on the subject.

1. 'The direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies' describes what?
[ ] Bearing
[ ] Direction
[ ] Instruction
[ ] North
2. One way of describing direction from a point is to use what?
[ ] 3-figure bearings
[ ] An arrow
[ ] Good directions
[ ] Hand signals
3. Bearings are measured from which line?
[ ] East line
[ ] North line
[ ] South line
[ ] Start line
4. A complete circle has how many degrees?
[ ] 90o
[ ] 180o
[ ] 270o
[ ] 360o
5. Bearings are always measured in which direction?
[ ] Counterclockwise
[ ] Clockwise
[ ] Downwards
[ ] Upwards
6. What bearing would you be walking on if you were heading east?
[ ] 030o
[ ] 045o
[ ] 060o
[ ] 090o
7. How many degrees would you turn when changing from a northerly heading to a southerly heading?
[ ] 90o
[ ] 180o
[ ] 270o
[ ] 360o
8. You are facing south and want to face west. Which way and by how many degrees would you turn?
[ ] 60o to your left
[ ] 90o to your left
[ ] 90o to your right
[ ] 180o in either direction
9. If a ship is on a bearing of 020o from a lighthouse, what is the bearing of the lighthouse from the ship?
[ ] 120o
[ ] 200o
[ ] 220o
[ ] 280o
10. What is the back bearing of the bearing 245o
[ ] 165o
[ ] 310o
[ ] 360o
[ ] 65o
Math: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Shapes - Bearings (Answers)
1. 'The direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies' describes what?
[x] Bearing
[ ] Direction
[ ] Instruction
[ ] North
2. One way of describing direction from a point is to use what?
[x] 3-figure bearings
[ ] An arrow
[ ] Good directions
[ ] Hand signals
3. Bearings are measured from which line?
[ ] East line
[x] North line
[ ] South line
[ ] Start line
A compass always points north. Bearings are measured from the north line
4. A complete circle has how many degrees?
[ ] 90o
[ ] 180o
[ ] 270o
[x] 360o
The angle between the north line and the direction taken is the bearing
5. Bearings are always measured in which direction?
[ ] Counterclockwise
[x] Clockwise
[ ] Downwards
[ ] Upwards
90 degrees (90o) is east (think 3 on a clock), 180o is south (think 6 on a clock), west is 270o (9 on a clock) and north is 360o (12 on a clock)
6. What bearing would you be walking on if you were heading east?
[ ] 030o
[ ] 045o
[ ] 060o
[x] 090o
Make all bearings into 3-figure bearings. 90o becomes 090o, 9o becomes 009o
7. How many degrees would you turn when changing from a northerly heading to a southerly heading?
[ ] 90o
[x] 180o
[ ] 270o
[ ] 360o
8. You are facing south and want to face west. Which way and by how many degrees would you turn?
[ ] 60o to your left
[ ] 90o to your left
[x] 90o to your right
[ ] 180o in either direction
9. If a ship is on a bearing of 020o from a lighthouse, what is the bearing of the lighthouse from the ship?
[ ] 120o
[x] 200o
[ ] 220o
[ ] 280o
This is called finding the back bearing of 020o
10. What is the back bearing of the bearing 245o
[ ] 165o
[ ] 310o
[ ] 360o
[x] 65o
If the bearing is more than 180 then deduct 180 to find the back bearing