Quiz of the Month Quiz of the month: Aug 2011 August 8, 2011 3 Comments [QUIZZIN 18] Jordan CarlsonJordan is a Junior studying Recreational Resource Management with a minor in Forest Resources. Previous Post Next Post You may also like March 10, 2012 Quiz of the month: March 2012 November 17, 2009 Quiz of the month: November 2009 December 31, 2009 Quiz of the month: January 2010 3 Comments Good quiz for the novice, but remember all that the 640 acres area of a section is assumed for a square with 5280′ sides.I have been working Public Land Survey descriptions for 35 years, and I have never seen a perfect square section or one with exactly 5280 feet on all sides. If you buy a “forty” of land it will be more or less forty acres. No doubt about it. Thanks Bob for the comment. Almost all land is sold as “more or less” (usually less) because the roadways take some of the area. The section lines are usually measured to the middle of the road (but not always). When I first moved to MN, I looked at a farm at a crossroads. Each corner had 40 acres as part of the property. One corner had an electric substation on it taking about 4 acres. The property was listed as 156 acres, more or less.