What is a Map Key/Legend? - Definition, Symbols & Examples


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How many different types of things can be shown on maps?

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1. How does a map represent a part of Earth?

2. A map key might use what to explain the map?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Maps have long been a resource for people who seek to know the location of something, whether it be geographic locales, population density, etc. Without map keys or legends, though, maps can be difficult to discern. This quiz and worksheet combination will ask questions about different aspects of maps, keys, and legends to determine how much you know.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask you questions about the following:

  • Use of a map
  • How a map shows Earth
  • Map keys and legends
  • What can be shown on a map

Skills Practiced

This quiz will enable you to practice your study skills, including:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of map keys
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the capabilities of a map
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the purpose of map keys and legends

Additional Learning

Deepen your understanding of map keys and legends by reviewing the accompanying lesson, which will address these topics:

  • What is a map?
  • Types of information shown through map keys and legends
  • Illustrated examples