Geographic Information Systems
Sample Exam Questions
Questions used on previous GEO 430 exams in Bertolas' class.
This will not necessarily be the format for future exams in this course.

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I.  Fill in the Blank (answers below)

  1.  ____________________ “Pixel” is an abbreviation of what two words?
  2.  ____________________  The part of an ArcView GIS that shows small icons that initiate tasks is called what?
  3.  ____________________  Ability of a DBMS or GIS to get back from computer memory records previously stored?
  4.  ____________________  A 2000-foot road is represented on a map with a 1-inch line.  What is the map scale?
  5.  ____________________  Type of scaling used on a temperature thermometer.

II.    True or False (answers below)               Place a "T" or "F" in the space provided.

  6. _____  The map overlay concept adopted in GIS was popularized by the book "Design With Nature" by Ian McHarg.
  7. _____  User interface developments led to GIS's vastly improved ease of use during the 1990s.
  8. _____  The flat file model consists of tables of attributes for values (columns) and records (rows).
  9. _____  No map projection can be both equivalent and conformal.
10. _____  An advantage of raster data storage is the smaller amount of data to be stored.

III.  Short Answer (read textbook for answers)       Explain.  Where appropriate, cite specific examples.

In your ArcGIS software, what is meant by a .shp file?

In ArcGIS, explain the difference between a View and a Layout.

How are maps represented by numbers inside a GIS or a DBMS (database management system)?

IV.  Essay (read textbook for answers)              Explain in some detail using specific examples.

Describe the difference between raster and vector data models used to represent maps in a GIS.

Summarize the various definitions of a GIS as given in your textbook.  What elements do each have in common?

Answers to Parts I and II above.

  1.  picture element
  2.  the Toolbar
  3.  data retrieval
  4.  1:24,000 (1 inch on the map is 24,000 inches in the real world)
  5.  Interval scale

  6.  T
  7.  T
  8.  F  -- Correct Answer: ...consists of tables of values for attributes (columns) and records (rows).
  9.  T
10.  F  -- Raster is vaster.

Answers to Parts III and IV: read the text.