# Maps Class 6 Geography Important Questions and Answers

Class 6 Geography Chapter 4 Maps Important Questions and answers cover these topics and help students to understand the concepts better. Students can solve these for practice. They may come across some of these questions in the final exam.

## Class 6 Geography Chapter 4 Maps Important Questions

1. Fill in the blanks.

(i) The blue colour is used for showing ___________.

(ii) A _______ is used to find the main directions.

(iii) ________ colour is used for showing mountains.

(iv) A globe can be useful when we want to study the earth as a _______.

(i) water bodies
(ii) compass
(iii) Brown
(iv) whole

2. True/False
(i) A scale is necessary for a map.
(ii) Direction is not a component of maps.
(iii) A physical map shows natural features of the earth.

(i) True
(ii) False
(iii) True

1. Which map provides detailed information?

Answer: Thematic maps provide detailed information.

2. Which map shows distribution of forests?

Answer: Thematic map shows distribution of forests.

3. What is an Atlas?

Answer: When many maps are put together we get an Atlas.

4. What are the three components of a map?

Answer: There are three Components of Maps – distance, direction and symbol.

5. When should we use a globe?

Answer: A globe can be useful when we want to study the earth as a whole.

6. What are intermediate directions?

Answer: The four intermediate directions are north-east (NE), southeast (SE), south-west (SW) and north-west (NW).

7. What are the four cardinal directions?

Answer: There are four major directions, North, South, East and West. They are called cardinal points.

8. What do you mean by the term ‘the scale of the map’?

Answer: Scale is the ratio between the actual distance on the ground and the distance shown on the map.

9. What is Compass?

Answer: It is an instrument used to find out main directions. Its magnetic needle always points towards north-south direction.

10. What are physical maps?

Answer: Maps showing natural features of the earth such as mountains, plateaus, plains, rivers, oceans etc. are called physical or relief maps.

11. Define Political Maps.

Answer: Maps showing cities, towns and villages, and different countries and states of the world with their boundaries are called political maps.

12. Write the color used for the following: water bodies, mountain, plateau and for plains.

Answer: Blue is used for showing water bodies, brown for mountain, yellow for plateau and green is used for plains.

13. What is called the north line?

Answer: Most maps contain an arrow marked with the letter ‘N’ at the upper right hand corner. This arrow shows the north direction. It is called the north line.

14. What do you mean by Thematic Maps?

Answer: Some maps focus on specific information; such as road maps, rainfall maps, maps showing distribution of forests, industries etc. are known as thematic maps.

15. What are called conventional symbols?

Answer: Symbols give a lot of information in a limited space. There is an international agreement regarding the use of these symbols. These are called conventional symbols.

16. How are maps more helpful than a globe?

Answer: A globe can be useful when we want to study the earth as a whole but when we want to study only a part of the earth, as about our country, states, districts, towns and villages, it is of little help. In such a situation we use maps.

17. Distinguish between a map and a plan.

Answer: Difference between a map and a plan

18. What is a sketch map?

Answer: A sketch is a drawing mainly based on memory and spot observation and not to scale. Sometimes a rough drawing is required of an area to tell where a particular place is located with respect to other places. Such a rough drawing is drawn without scale, and is called a sketch map.

19. How do symbols help in reading maps?

Answer: Symbols give a lot of information in a limited space. With the use of these symbols, maps can be drawn easily and are simple to read. Even if we don’t know the language of an area and therefore cannot ask someone for directions, we can collect information from maps with the help of these symbols. Maps have a universal language that can be understood by all.

20. Differentiate between small scale map and large scale map.

Answer: Difference between small scale map and large scale map

21. Explain the major components of maps.

Answer: There are three Components of Maps – distance, direction and symbol.

Distance – Maps are drawn to reduced scales. But this reduction is done very carefully so that the distance between the places is real. Therefore, a scale is chosen for this purpose. When large areas like continents or countries are to be shown on a paper, then we use a small scale. When a small area like village or town is to be shown on paper, then we use a large scale.

Direction – Most maps contain an arrow marked with the letter ‘N’ at the upper right hand corner. This arrow shows the north direction. It is called the north line. When we know the north, we can find out other directions, for example east, west and south.

Symbols – It is not possible to draw on a map the actual shape and size of different features such as buildings, roads, bridges, trees, railway lines or a well. So, they are shown by using certain letters, shades, colours, pictures and lines. These symbols give a lot of information in a limited space. With the use of these symbols, maps can be drawn easily and are simple to read.

Practice Sheet

1. What is a map? Mention its key features.

2. What are the different types of the map? Explain.

3. What are the three components of the map?

4. What do you mean by the term ‘the scale of the map

5. What are the four cardinal directions?

6. How are maps more helpful than a globe? Explain the shortcomings of the globe.

7. Distinguish between a map and a plan.

8. Which map provides detailed information?

9. How do symbols help in reading maps?

10. Maps showing the distribution of forests are Political Map. True or False?

11. A compass is used to find the main direction. True or False?

12. What is a Sketch?

13. Give a historical background of Maps.

14. A ___________ is used to find the main directions.

15. What are called conventional symbols?

16. Write a very short note about Thematic Map.

17. Explain the intermediate directions.

18. Define the Compass.

19. Give a reason why political maps use more number of colours as compared to physical maps.

20. Define a “small scale map” and a “large scale map.”