A Quiz On Ancient Americas For Intellectuals

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Before the new world was colonized, America was an amazingly complex patchwork of Indian tribes, confederacies, and nomadic hunters, now known collectively as Native Americans. How well do you know Ancient Americas? Do you know the practices and religions practiced? Take the test below and test yourself. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The Mayas used a number system based on 20?

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Mayas actually used a number system based on 20. This system is known as a vigesimal system, which means it is based on multiples of 20. The Mayas were highly advanced in mathematics and their vigesimal system allowed them to perform complex calculations and keep track of time. This system is still used by some indigenous communities in Guatemala and Mexico today. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 2. 

    The Chrisitian conquerors of Mexico liked the Aztec religion?

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the Christian conquerors of Mexico did not like the Aztec religion. In fact, they actively sought to suppress and eradicate it. The Spanish conquistadors, led by Hernán Cortés, viewed the Aztec religion as pagan and idolatrous. They saw it as a threat to their own religious beliefs and sought to convert the indigenous population to Christianity. The Spanish destroyed temples, burned sacred texts, and punished those who practiced the Aztec religion. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that the Christian conquerors of Mexico liked the Aztec religion.

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  • 3. 

    Most people sacrificed at Tenochtitlan were captured in war?

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During the time of the Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlan was known for its practice of human sacrifice. The majority of the individuals who were sacrificed at Tenochtitlan were indeed captured during war. The Aztecs believed that offering human sacrifices to their gods would ensure the continued prosperity and survival of their civilization. They would often capture enemy warriors during battles and bring them back to Tenochtitlan for sacrifice. This practice played a significant role in Aztec religious and cultural beliefs, making the statement "Most people sacrificed at Tenochtitlan were captured in war" true.

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  • 4. 

    Farming began in the region called Mesoamerica?

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Farming began in the region called Mesoamerica because this region had favorable environmental conditions for agriculture, such as fertile soil, a suitable climate, and access to water sources. The indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica, such as the Olmecs, Maya, and Aztecs, developed advanced farming techniques, including the cultivation of maize, beans, and squash. These agricultural practices allowed for the development of complex societies and the growth of urban centers in Mesoamerica. Therefore, the statement "Farming began in the region called Mesoamerica" is true.

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  • 5. 

    The Inca's homeland was in the Andes mountain range in present day Peru?

    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Inca's homeland was indeed in the Andes mountain range in present-day Peru. The Inca civilization flourished in this region from the 13th to the 16th century, establishing their capital city of Cusco in the Andes. The mountainous terrain provided natural defenses and resources for the Inca Empire, allowing them to build an extensive network of roads and agricultural terraces. The Andes mountain range was integral to the Inca's way of life, as it influenced their agriculture, trade, and cultural practices.

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  • 6. 

    Scientist believe that the first people in the New World came from ______________ during the last ice age.

    • A. 

      Europe

    • B. 

      Asia

    • C. 

      Africa

    Correct Answer
    B. Asia
    Explanation
    During the last ice age, scientists believe that the first people in the New World migrated from Asia. This theory is supported by archaeological evidence, such as ancient tools and human remains found in both Asia and the Americas. Additionally, genetic studies have shown a close connection between indigenous populations in the Americas and modern-day populations in Asia, further supporting the idea of an Asian origin for the first settlers in the New World.

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  • 7. 

    Agriculture, towns, social organizations, and high development of the art and science are marks of ________________.

    • A. 

      Culture

    • B. 

      Sacrifice

    • C. 

      Civilization

    Correct Answer
    C. Civilization
    Explanation
    The correct answer is civilization. Agriculture, towns, social organizations, and high development of art and science are all characteristics of civilization. These elements indicate a complex society that has progressed beyond basic survival and has established systems of governance, cultural practices, and technological advancements. Sacrifice, on the other hand, does not encompass all these aspects and is therefore not the correct answer.

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  • 8. 

    Corn, The most important grain grown in Mesoamerica, is also called _________________.

    • A. 

      Quetzal

    • B. 

      Maize

    • C. 

      Codex

    Correct Answer
    B. Maize
    Explanation
    Corn, the most important grain grown in Mesoamerica, is commonly known as "maize". This term is widely used to refer to the plant and its edible grains. Maize has been a staple food in Mesoamerican cultures for thousands of years and continues to be a significant crop in the region. The word "maize" is derived from the indigenous Taíno word "mahiz", which means "sacred mother" or "giver of life".

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  • 9. 

    The _______________ built the capital city,, Tenochititlan, on an island in a lake.

    • A. 

      Inca

    • B. 

      Olmec

    • C. 

      Aztec

    Correct Answer
    C. Aztec
    Explanation
    The Aztec built the capital city, Tenochititlan, on an island in a lake.

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  • 10. 

    The beautiful city of Tikal was built by the _______________________.

    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Codex

    • C. 

      Olmec

    Correct Answer
    C. Olmec
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Olmec. The Olmec civilization, which existed from around 1200 BCE to 400 BCE, is credited with building the beautiful city of Tikal. The Olmecs were known for their advanced architectural and engineering skills, and Tikal is one of their most impressive achievements. The city was a major political, economic, and cultural center in the region, with towering pyramids, palaces, and temples. The Olmecs also had a significant influence on later Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Maya.

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