What is Cartography? - Definition & History


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Cartography refers to the study of and the practice of making _____.

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1. The earliest known map was painted on _____.

2. The earliest known maps may date back to _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cartography is a field that has a long history, with advances being made regularly, and the worksheet and quiz work in partnership to test your knowledge. The quiz asks a series of fill-in-the-blank questions to see how much you know.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the assessment, you will be quizzed on these concepts:

  • Source used to determine direction on early maps
  • Tool used by modern cartographers to gather data
  • Definition of cartography
  • Earliest known maps

Skills Practiced

Analyze your ability to utilize these skills while you complete the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about cartography from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of the earliest maps to determine the medium on which the earliest known map was painted
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the creation date of the earliest known maps
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding to answer a question about modern-day cartography

Additional Learning

Feel like exploring further? Check out the related lesson entitled What is Cartography? - Definition & History. The lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Understand how cartography makes our lives easier
  • Learn the history of cartography
  • Define map projections
  • Know when and where the science of cartography made large technological advances