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Quiz about Turning Left or Right
Quiz about Turning Left or Right

Turning Left or Right Trivia Quiz


Join me as I fly around the globe, receiving flight directions from my helpful navigator. (Note that all coordinates have been rounded to the nearest degree). You can see the maps!

A photo quiz by looney_tunes. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
looney_tunes
Time
7 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
354,698
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
6 / 10
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1. We start our journey with a short hop from Melbourne, Victoria to Sydney, New South Wales. After takeoff, we are heading due north, so it is time to find out whether we can continue flying in this direction all the way to Sydney. After looking at the map, what did the navigator report? Hint

Turn left - Sydney is northwest of Melbourne
Turn around - Sydney is south of Melbourne
Go straight ahead - Sydney is directly north of Melbourne
Turn right - Sydney is northeast of Melbourne

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2. Ready to proceed, we decide to fly from Sydney to Tokyo. Once again, our takeoff finds us flying due north. There's no rush, as we will be flying for quite a while, but I want to know whether I should be correcting the flight path to the west, by turning to the left, or to the east, by turning to the right. After checking the map, what answer does my navigator have? Hint

Turn left - Tokyo is somewhat west of Sydney
Turn right - Tokyo is well east of Sydney
Go straight ahead - Tokyo is virtually due north of Sydney
Turn around - Tokyo is to the south, not the north, from Sydney

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3. Tokyo has a lot of interesting sights, but it is time to fly on. Our next destination is Honolulu, where we plan to check out the surf at Waikiki. Since Honolulu is part of the United States, I set a course flying due east. After checking the map, what advice does my navigator give me about our course? Hint

Turn left - Honolulu is way north of Tokyo
Turn right - Honolulu is definitely south of Tokyo
Go straight ahead - Honolulu is practically due east of Tokyo
Turn around - Honolulu is west of Tokyo

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4. The surfing was great, and so was the luau, but now it's time to continue our journey. We take off, heading due east, and planning to make our next stop in New Orleans, in the southern US state of Louisiana, where we can listen to some jazz and enjoy the Cajun cuisine. Checking with the navigator, how am I told to modify my course, if at all? Hint

Turn right - New Orleans is well south of Honolulu
Turn left - New Orleans is definitely north of Honolulu
Go straight ahead - New Orleans and Honolulu have almost exactly the same latitude
Turn around - New Orleans is to the west, not the east

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5. It's time to fly down to Rio. We take off from New Orleans, flying southeast (on a bearing of 135T). After checking the maps, what advice should my navigator give me about our course? Hint

Turn left - Rio de Janeiro is close to being due east from New Orleans
Go straight ahead - Rio de Janeiro is almost exactly southeast from New Orleans
Turn right - Rio de Janeiro is almost exactly due south of New Orleans
Turn around - Rio de Janeiro is north and west from New Orleans

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6. The beaches in Rio de Janeiro have been a pleasure, but I want to go ride the London Eye, so it's time to head off again. I know that London is definitely north of Rio, and also east, since it is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Setting a course to the northeast (bearing 45T), I ask the navigator whether that is a good direction, or whether I should turn to be sure I get close to my intended destination. What is the answer? Hint

Turn around - London is south and west of Rio de Janeiro
Turn right - London is much farther east than it is north from Rio de Janeiro
Turn left - London is much farther north than it is east from Rio de Janeiro
Go straight ahead - London is close to being directly northeast from Rio de Janeiro

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7. I've always wanted to visit The Hermitage and its wonderful art collection, so we're off again to St Petersburg, in Russia. Setting a course to the southwest, I am about to set the plane on autopilot when I check with the navigator to see if I should make any adjustments first. What report should I receive? Hint

Go straight ahead - St Petersburg is not exactly southwest of London, but it's close
Turn right - St Petersburg is closer to due west of London
Turn around - St Petersburg is north and east of London
Turn left - St Petersburg is closer to due south of London

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8. All art-museumed out, I'm ready to fly to the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok, home of the Russian Pacific Fleet, and located near the borders with China and North Korea. It's basically a long way east - the journey is over 6500 km (4000 mi)! I set a course due east, and ask the navigator if I need to make any adjustments - over such a long flight, even a small error in direction will make a big difference in our final arrival! What response should I get? Hint

Turn right - Vladivostok is somewhat to the south as well as a long way to the east from St Petersburg
Go straight ahead - Vladivostok is almost exactly due east from St Petersburg
Turn left - Vladivostok is somewhat to the north as well as a long way to the east from St Petersburg
Turn around - Vladivostok is west of St Petersburg

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9. Now I have a hankering to visit Bollywood, so we're off to Mumbai. I know that India is south of Vladivostok, so I set off heading due south and ask the navigator if that will get us to Mumbai. What advice should I receive in reply? Hint

Go straight ahead - Mumbai is close to being due south of Vladivostok
Turn left - Mumbai is well to the east of Vladivostok, as well as being to the south
Turn right - Mumbai is well to the west of Vladivostok, as well as being to the south
Turn around - Mumbai is north of Vladivostok

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10. Time to fly home, and we're off to Melbourne. I know that Australia is at the eastern end of the Indian Ocean, so I plan to fly east to get home. What advice will my navigator give me after checking the maps? Hint

Turn right - Melbourne is well south of Mumbai
Go straight ahead - Melbourne is pretty close to due east of Mumbai
Turn left - Melbourne is well north of Mumbai
Turn around - Melbourne is west of Mumbai


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. We start our journey with a short hop from Melbourne, Victoria to Sydney, New South Wales. After takeoff, we are heading due north, so it is time to find out whether we can continue flying in this direction all the way to Sydney. After looking at the map, what did the navigator report?

Answer: Turn right - Sydney is northeast of Melbourne

Melbourne is located at roughly 145E 37S; Sydney is at 151E 34S. This makes Sydney 3 degrees north and 6 degrees east of Melbourne. If I were to fly due north, I would pass well to the west of Sydney. If I were to fly due north from Melbourne, I would eventually reach Cairns (in Queensland). Travelling even further, I could get to Port Moresby (in Papua New Guinea) or Sapporo (in Japan). If I want to reach Sydney, I need to turn towards the right and fly in a roughly northeast direction.
2. Ready to proceed, we decide to fly from Sydney to Tokyo. Once again, our takeoff finds us flying due north. There's no rush, as we will be flying for quite a while, but I want to know whether I should be correcting the flight path to the west, by turning to the left, or to the east, by turning to the right. After checking the map, what answer does my navigator have?

Answer: Turn left - Tokyo is somewhat west of Sydney

Sydney is located at 151E 34S; Tokyo is at 140E 36N. This makes Tokyo about as far north of the equator as Sydney is to the south of it (which really surprised me). Tokyo is 12 degrees west of Sydney, so we need to veer left if we want to get there. You won't find much land due north of Sydney - the 151E meridian does pass through the very eastern part of Russia.

There are also some Pacific islands.
3. Tokyo has a lot of interesting sights, but it is time to fly on. Our next destination is Honolulu, where we plan to check out the surf at Waikiki. Since Honolulu is part of the United States, I set a course flying due east. After checking the map, what advice does my navigator give me about our course?

Answer: Turn right - Honolulu is definitely south of Tokyo

Tokyo is situated at 139E 35N; Honolulu is at 158W 21N. This makes Honolulu roughly 14 degrees south of Tokyo. Flying due east would bypass Hawaii completely - the first American soil we would reach on that path would be somewhat north of Los Angeles, which is located at 34 degrees north latitude.

Despite the fact that it is shown as having a west longitude, Honolulu is about 63 degrees to the east of Tokyo, flying in the shortest direction. Because it is on the opposite side of the 180 degree meridian, the measurements change from how far east of Greenwich it is to how far west it is from Greenwich. We also crossed the International Date Line, which is located roughly along the 180 degree meridian.
4. The surfing was great, and so was the luau, but now it's time to continue our journey. We take off, heading due east, and planning to make our next stop in New Orleans, in the southern US state of Louisiana, where we can listen to some jazz and enjoy the Cajun cuisine. Checking with the navigator, how am I told to modify my course, if at all?

Answer: Turn left - New Orleans is definitely north of Honolulu

Honolulu is located at 158W 21N; New Orleans is at 91W 30N. This makes New Orleans nearly ten degrees north of Honolulu, so I'd better steer northwards by turning to the left. New Orleans may have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but there is still a lot to interest visitors. I will anticipate the attractions eagerly during our flight of about 6500 km (4000 mi).
5. It's time to fly down to Rio. We take off from New Orleans, flying southeast (on a bearing of 135T). After checking the maps, what advice should my navigator give me about our course?

Answer: Go straight ahead - Rio de Janeiro is almost exactly southeast from New Orleans

New Orleans is located at 43W 23S; Rio de Janeiro is at 91W 30N. The difference in longitude is 48 degrees, and the difference in latitude is 53 degrees. The exact bearing I should follow is 138T (also written as S42E), only 3 degrees off my current path. Over the long flight, of course, this needs to be corrected, or we will indeed end up elsewhere than we intended, but the correction is relatively minor. We will be covering a distance of about 7700 km (4800 mi), and if our speed is similar to that of commercial flights we will be in the air for about ten hours. Before we arrive, we will check the maps again!
6. The beaches in Rio de Janeiro have been a pleasure, but I want to go ride the London Eye, so it's time to head off again. I know that London is definitely north of Rio, and also east, since it is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Setting a course to the northeast (bearing 45T), I ask the navigator whether that is a good direction, or whether I should turn to be sure I get close to my intended destination. What is the answer?

Answer: Turn left - London is much farther north than it is east from Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is located at 43W 23S; London is at 0W 52N. (Remember watching the London Olympics, with the equestrian events held so that the riders crossed the Greenwich Meridian?). The east-west difference is 43 degrees; the north-south difference is 75 degrees.

This means that London is well north of a line running northeast from Rio de Janeiro. If I fly along my original path, I will actually fly south of Europe entirely! We will fly over the Sahara Desert, and we might see Istanbul before heading on into Asia.
7. I've always wanted to visit The Hermitage and its wonderful art collection, so we're off again to St Petersburg, in Russia. Setting a course to the southwest, I am about to set the plane on autopilot when I check with the navigator to see if I should make any adjustments first. What report should I receive?

Answer: Turn around - St Petersburg is north and east of London

London is located at 0W 52N (it is stated as 0W although the centre of London is slightly west of the prime meridian); St Petersburg is at 30E 60N. This makes it 30 degrees to the east, and 8 degrees to the north. East would have been a much better guess than north! The map used in the question, dating from 1914, does not have north at the top of the image, and there is distortion from producing a plane projection, so it looks as if St Petersburg is almost exactly northeast from London. That is deceptive, but it is definitely north and east, not south or west.
8. All art-museumed out, I'm ready to fly to the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok, home of the Russian Pacific Fleet, and located near the borders with China and North Korea. It's basically a long way east - the journey is over 6500 km (4000 mi)! I set a course due east, and ask the navigator if I need to make any adjustments - over such a long flight, even a small error in direction will make a big difference in our final arrival! What response should I get?

Answer: Turn right - Vladivostok is somewhat to the south as well as a long way to the east from St Petersburg

St Petersburg is located at 30E 60N; Vladivostok is at 132E 43N. That makes it 17 degrees of latitude south from St Petersburg. It is also over 100 degrees to the east - over a quarter of the way around the globe at that latitude, and still in the same country! If you aren't constrained by the need to get your plane around the globe in a FunTrivia flight, you might consider taking the Trans-Siberian Railway.

This is actually a rail network, which you can access from St Petersburg, going first to Moscow, before starting the seven day journey to the other end of the country. You can also branch off and go to Beijing, if that takes your fancy.
9. Now I have a hankering to visit Bollywood, so we're off to Mumbai. I know that India is south of Vladivostok, so I set off heading due south and ask the navigator if that will get us to Mumbai. What advice should I receive in reply?

Answer: Turn right - Mumbai is well to the west of Vladivostok, as well as being to the south

Vladivostok is located at 132E 43N; Mumbai is at 72E 19N. This makes Mumbai 60 degrees to the west and 24 degrees south of Vladivostok - flying due west would actually have been closer to the correct path than flying due south! While visiting Mumbai, we can visit Bollywood and watch some cricket - if the IPL is out of season, there will probably be some international team touring.
10. Time to fly home, and we're off to Melbourne. I know that Australia is at the eastern end of the Indian Ocean, so I plan to fly east to get home. What advice will my navigator give me after checking the maps?

Answer: Turn right - Melbourne is well south of Mumbai

Mumbai is located at 72E 19N, Melbourne is at 145E 37S. This makes Melbourne 73 degrees east of Mumbai, but it is also 56 degrees to the south. If I fly due east from Mumbai, I will miss Australia completely, as the northernmost tip of Cape York is at 10 degrees 41 minutes south.

The 19th north parallel passes through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. It then passes through the Philippines, and Hawaii. Melbourne is not in the picture, so I'd better turn right and head south!
Source: Author looney_tunes

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