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Mexican History

Quiz on pre-Columbian,colonial and modern Mexico.

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  • 1. 
    Which pre-Columbian culture created the famous colossal heads ?
    • A. 

      Mayan

    • B. 

      Olmec

    • C. 

      Aztec

    • D. 

      Zapotec

    • E. 

      Teotihuacan

  • 2. 
    Which famous pre-Columbian monument is this ?
    • A. 

      Tenochtitlan, Aztecs

    • B. 

      Tikal, Mayan

    • C. 

      Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

    • D. 

      Mitla, Zapotec

  • 3. 
    When did the Mayan civilization reach its height ?
    • A. 

      600-900 AD

    • B. 

      300-100 BC

    • C. 

      1,100-1,500 BC

    • D. 

      1300 AD

  • 4. 
    After the collapse of Teotihuacan in the late classical period allowed these northern warrior people to sweep in to the Valley of Mexico,where they established a capital at Tula.
    • A. 

      Mayans

    • B. 

      Mixtecs

    • C. 

      Toltecs

    • D. 

      Aztecs

    • E. 

      Olmecs

  • 5. 
    The Aztecs thought it was possible the Spanish with their white skin and beards were the return of the god __________ .
    • A. 

      Huitzilopochtli

    • B. 

      Tlaloc

    • C. 

      Zardoz

    • D. 

      Quetzalcoatl

  • 6. 
    Who was the last Aztec emperor to fight against the Spanish and considered a hero by most Mexicans ?
    • A. 

      Guatemozin (Cuauhtémoc)

    • B. 

      Moctezuma II

    • C. 

      Ahuitzotl

    • D. 

      Zapata

  • 7. 
    By the 18th century New Spain produced as much silver as the rest of the world . Some of the highest producing silver mines were near the town of ___________ .
    • A. 

      Oaxaca

    • B. 

      Zacatecas

    • C. 

      Guadalajara

    • D. 

      Veracruz

  • 8. 
    One of the most famous literary personages of colonial Mexico was __________. (pictured above)
    • A. 

      Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

    • B. 

      Frida Kahlo

    • C. 

      La Malinche

    • D. 

      Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda

  • 9. 
    The American expansionist president during the Mexican-American War was _________ .
    • A. 

      James K. Polk

    • B. 

      Zachary Taylor

    • C. 

      John Tyler

    • D. 

      William Henry Harrison

  • 10. 
    This iconoclastic priest sparked the Mexican War for Independence from Spain with his Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores") and is considered the Father of the Nation of Mexico
    • A. 

      Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

    • B. 

      Santa Anna

    • C. 

      José María Morelos

    • D. 

      Ignacio Allende

  • 11. 
    Spain recognized the independence of Mexico with the Treaty of Córdoba in ________ .
    • A. 

      1776

    • B. 

      1805

    • C. 

      1815

    • D. 

      1821

    • E. 

      1799

  • 12. 
    Who reigned as emperor of Mexico  from May 19,  1822 to  March 19,  1823 ?
    • A. 

      Santa Anna

    • B. 

      Agustín de Iturbide

    • C. 

      Félix María Calleja

    • D. 

      Ignacio López Rayón

  • 13. 
    In which battle during the Mexican American War did the Niños Héroes (boy heros- six military school cadets ) die fighting rather than surrender ?
    • A. 

      The Battle of Monterrey

    • B. 

      The Battle of Resaca de la Palma

    • C. 

      The Battle of Buena Vista

    • D. 

      The Battle of Chapultepec

  • 14. 
    Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of __________ .
    • A. 

      Independence from Spain.

    • B. 

      Victory against the Americans at the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican American War.

    • C. 

      Defeat of French forces at the The Battle of Puebla.

    • D. 

      The end of the Mexican Revolution .

  • 15. 
    By ruling as a virtual dictator from 1876-1911, the Mexican leader modernized Mexico . Repression ,land seizure and corruption  during his rule led to the Mexican Revolution .
    • A. 

      Porfirio Díaz

    • B. 

      Benito Juárez

    • C. 

      Lazro Cardenas

    • D. 

      Avila Camacho

  • 16. 
    At the The Battle of Celaya in 1915, the Conventionist forces under Pancho Villa were badly defeated by forces under the command of _________, who used WWI style trench warfare tactics to defeat Villa's cavalry charges. The battle was a turning point in the future of Villa, the Revolution and Mexican history in the 20th century. Villa was never able to recover his losses, and with that lost most of his political and social influence.
    • A. 

      Emiliano Zapata

    • B. 

      Victoriano Huerta

    • C. 

      Pascual Orozco

    • D. 

      Álvaro Obregón

  • 17. 
    Mexico declared war on the Axis powers after _________.
    • A. 

      The Japanese bombed Pear Harbor on Dec,7 1941.

    • B. 

      German submarines sank two Mexican tankers in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942.

    • C. 

      A Japanese submarine sank a Mexican warship by accident in 1943.

    • D. 

      A German spy ring was discovered in Mexico.

  • 18. 
    Mexico is the ____ largest oil producer in the world.
    • A. 

      12th

    • B. 

      3rd

    • C. 

      20th

    • D. 

      7th

  • 19. 
    The Mexican drug cartels grew in power in the 1990s after _________.
    • A. 

      The discovery of a cheaper drug making process

    • B. 

      The demise of Colombia's Cali and Medellín cartels

    • C. 

      The use of narco submarines

    • D. 

      The devaluation of the Peso

  • 20. 
    The current population of Mexico is ________.
    • A. 

      111,211,789

    • B. 

      58,386.579

    • C. 

      201,746,953

    • D. 

      92,574,951