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Follow the Path

In these types of questions, you’re given a set of directions to go from point A to point B. You are to follow these instructions to go to the target location. At that location is some type of landmark. Let’s practice these types of questions in the following scenarios.

Scenario 1

You and Officer Smith are dispatched to an area. The 911 caller does not know the address. When you arrive at the scene, you are to notify central communication of the address. Refer to Figure 4.4 when answering questions for scenario 1 and 2.

Figure 4.4

Figure 4.4 Six-block street grid for following a path.

Instructions

You are located at West Street and New York Street. You are to travel east on New York Street, turn south onto Meridian Street to South Street, and then turn east on South Street to East Street.

What is the address of the church located closest to you?

  1. 50 N. Alabama Street
  2. 300 W. South Street
  3. 220 E. South Street
  4. 200 E. New York Street

Answer C is correct. Follow the street with your finger while following the direction. Answer A is incorrect because the object is not located on Alabama Street. Furthermore, Alabama Street is not even on the map. Answer B is incorrect because the test asks you to travel east of Meridian. Knowing the numbering scheme, we know that all addresses east of the north and south dividing line will have an east attribute. Choice D is incorrect because the instruction says to travel south onto Meridian Street from New York Street. There is no possible way that the address could be on New York Street.

Scenario 2

You and Officer Jones are dispatched to an area. The 911 caller does not know the address. When you arrive at the scene, you are to notify central communication of the address.

Instructions

You are located at North Street and Capitol Street and travel south on Capitol to Maryland Street. You then turn east on Maryland Street, south on Pennsylvania Street, and then turn west on South Street to West Street.

What is the address of the office building closest to the intersection?

  1. 50 N. Alabama Street
  2. 200 E. New York Street
  3. 100 W. Ohio Street
  4. 300 W. South Street

Answer D is correct. If you follow the street lines with your fingertip while reading the instruction, you will travel south on Capitol Street to Maryland Street. To travel east of Maryland, you will take a right turn. To travel south on Pennsylvania, you will make another right turn. To travel west on South Street, you will make another right turn, taking to you to 300 W. South Street. Answer A is incorrect because Alabama Street is not even on the map. Answer B is incorrect because the instruction asks you to travel south on Capitol Street to Maryland Street. As you can see on the map, Maryland Street is south of Washington Street. As you travel to Maryland Street, you pass New York Street. Answer C is incorrect. Similar to answer B, you pass Ohio Street as you travel towards Maryland Street.

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