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Landmark/Spatial Orientation Questions

In these types of questions, you are given a location. At the location, you’ll be asked to identify a landmark in any given direction. For example, you could be given an intersection. When you arrive at the intersection, you are required to identify a landmark to the east, west, north, south, southeast, southwest, northeast, or northwest of an intersection. The landmark could be some type of building, or an object such as a mailbox, fire hydrant, or street sign.

Scenario 1

Figure 4.5 is similar to Figure 4.4. It is a six-block street grid. Washington Street runs east to west and divides the grid into north and south halves. Meridian Street runs from north to south and divides the grid into east and west halves. When answering both of these questions, refer to Figure 4.5. As you can see, north has been provided for you. Based on this information, you need to determine the other directions.

Figure 4.5

Figure 4.5 Six-block street grid for landmark location.

  • 1. If you are at the intersection of Pennsylvania Street and New York Street, what is the address of the building located in the northeast quadrant?
    1. 200 W. South Street
    2. 200 W. Washington Street
    3. 200 E. New York Street
    4. 100 N. Illinois

Answer C is correct. If you face north, east will be on your right side, west on your left, and south behind you. Based on these directions, there is a church located in the northeast quadrant with the caption 200 E. New York Street.

  • 2. If you are at the intersection of Capitol Street and New York Street, what is the address of the building located in the southwest quadrant?
    1. 200 E. New York Street
    2. 200 W. South Street
    3. 100 N. Illinois
    4. 200 W. Washington Street

Answer D is correct. If you face north, the east will be on your right side, west on your left, and south behind you. Based on these directions, there is an office building located in the southwest quadrant with the caption 200 W. Washington Street.

Understanding the principles just discussed, use the “Exam Prep Questions” section to practice for the exam.

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