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Quiz about Mercator  Renaissance Mapmaker
Quiz about Mercator  Renaissance Mapmaker

Mercator - Renaissance Mapmaker Quiz


Mercator is my favorite mapmaker...someone you probably know very little about...prove me wrong and take my quizzie !

A multiple-choice quiz by catnippin. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
catnippin
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
46,808
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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2826
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Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. What was Mercator's first name? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Mercator is his Latin name. He is also known by what other name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Mercator was born in 1512 in Rupelmonde, Flanders. Flanders is a part of what country? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1530, Mercator entered the University of Louvain where his principal studies were....? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In 1544, Mercator was imprisoned for ... ? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. After Mercator was released from prison he moved to Duisburg, Germany and opened a cartographic workshop. In 1554, Mercator completed a project to produce a new map of ... ? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In 1569, the map projection which bears Mercator's name was invented. This map contained perpendicular longitudes and latitudes, and was mainly used by....? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Mercator is the first to use what term for a collection of maps? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Mercator died in 1594 at the age of 82. His atlas was incomplete at the time of his death. Who completed and published it? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. During his lifetime, Mercator worked as 'one who describes the world or universe, including the heavens and the earth' ... what is the word for this occupation ? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What was Mercator's first name?

Answer: Gerardus

2. Mercator is his Latin name. He is also known by what other name?

Answer: Gerhard Kremer

3. Mercator was born in 1512 in Rupelmonde, Flanders. Flanders is a part of what country?

Answer: Belgium

4. In 1530, Mercator entered the University of Louvain where his principal studies were....?

Answer: philosophy and theology

His uncle sent him to school, probably as preparation to enter the priesthood. He graduated in 1532 with an M.A. After graduation he studied mathematics and astronomy privately, and acquired engraving skills.
5. In 1544, Mercator was imprisoned for ... ?

Answer: heresy

Mercator was charged with heresy. This is partly due to his Protestant beliefs, partly due to the fact that he travelled so widely to acquire data for his maps that suspicions were aroused.
6. After Mercator was released from prison he moved to Duisburg, Germany and opened a cartographic workshop. In 1554, Mercator completed a project to produce a new map of ... ?

Answer: Europe

His map of Europe was the best of its kind for many decades. Further maps followed, one of Lorraine (1564) and one of the British Isles (1564).
7. In 1569, the map projection which bears Mercator's name was invented. This map contained perpendicular longitudes and latitudes, and was mainly used by....?

Answer: seamen

Only four copies of this map are known to exist.
8. Mercator is the first to use what term for a collection of maps?

Answer: atlas

He published, corrected and updated versions of Ptolemy's maps in 1578 as the first part of his 'atlas'. His 'atlas' continued with a further series of maps of France, Germany and the Netherlands in 1585.
9. Mercator died in 1594 at the age of 82. His atlas was incomplete at the time of his death. Who completed and published it?

Answer: his son

10. During his lifetime, Mercator worked as 'one who describes the world or universe, including the heavens and the earth' ... what is the word for this occupation ?

Answer: cosmographer

Source: Author catnippin

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