Mesoamerica

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Mesoamerica Quizzes & Trivia

This exam involves the history of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Built adoble pueblos and cliff palaces.
    • A. 

      Inuit

    • B. 

      Iroquois

    • C. 

      Anasazi

    • D. 

      Hopewell

  • 2. 
    Name origianlly came from the ruling family
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 3. 
    America's first civilization
    • A. 

      Olmec

    • B. 

      Toltec

    • C. 

      Inuit

    • D. 

      Iroquois

  • 4. 
    War-like ppl known for sacrificing adult humans to please gods
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Olmec

    • D. 

      Toltec

    • E. 

      Inuirt

  • 5. 
    Sacrifices included well, arrow, bloodletting and heart.
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 6. 
    Believes the world was created in 3114 Bc
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 7. 
    Had 11 noble families who were called "orejones" for the large plugs worn in their earlobes
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 8. 
    State was vested in the hands of the monarch who was assisted by a council of lords
    • A. 

      Aztex

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 9. 
    Enaged in FLOWER WARS
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 10. 
    Sacrified roughly around 50,000 ppl a year
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 11. 
    Name comes from old word for rubber, which was common in their area.
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Olmec

    • C. 

      Toltec

    • D. 

      Hopewell

  • 12. 
    Introduced maize
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Olmec

    • C. 

      Toltec

    • D. 

      Hopewell

  • 13. 
    Maize made up 80% of their food.
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 14. 
    New rulers had to create their own wealth, leading to the expansion and conquering of new territories
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 15. 
    Built homes of sand and turf,
    • A. 

      Hopewell

    • B. 

      Ppl of great plains

    • C. 

      Mound builders

    • D. 

      Anasazi

    • E. 

      Inuit

  • 16. 
    Name also means "mound builders"
    • A. 

      Anasazi

    • B. 

      Inuit

    • C. 

      Iroquois

    • D. 

      Hopewell

  • 17. 
    Built longhouses and women owned dwellings
    • A. 

      Inuit

    • B. 

      Iroquois

    • C. 

      Hopewell

  • 18. 
    Capital was Cuzco
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 19. 
    Ruler Pachacuti quickly expanded his empire until it stretched 2500 miles
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 20. 
    Believed they could gain strength and bravery by eating parts of sacrificed person
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 21. 
    Writing system based on hieroglyphics that were written on bark, folded like an accordian and covered with a thin plaster
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 22. 
    Believe that the earth will be destroyed by an earthquake
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 23. 
    Capital was Cuzco
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 24. 
    Buildings were tepees
    • A. 

      Hopewell

    • B. 

      Ppl of great plains

    • C. 

      Mound builders

  • 25. 
    Economy based primarily on agriculture
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 26. 
    Had a powerful military forced used only when necessary
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 27. 
    Ended sometime between 900-400 BC with small groups surviving in nomadic bands
    • A. 

      All mesoamerican civilizations

    • B. 

      Olmec

    • C. 

      Toltec

    • D. 

      Inca

    • E. 

      Maya

  • 28. 
    Height of empire: 300-900 AD
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 29. 
    Their city is best known today for its 15-foot high stone warrior figures
    • A. 

      Olmec

    • B. 

      Toltec

    • C. 

      Inca

    • D. 

      Maya

  • 30. 
    Empire loosely based on organized leagues of city-states
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

    • D. 

      Olmec

    • E. 

      Toltec

    • F. 

      X = -8/3

    • G. 

      X = 11/3

    • H. 

      X = 4/3

    • I. 

      X = -14/3

    • J. 

      X = -2/3

  • 31. 
    Told to find a place where they saw an eagle perching on a cactus with a snake in its mouth
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 32. 
    Ended sometime between 900-400 BC with small groups surviving in nomadic bands
    • A. 

      All mesoamerican civilizations

    • B. 

      Olmec

    • C. 

      Toltec

    • D. 

      Inca

    • E. 

      Maya

  • 33. 
    Had a major system of roads
    • A. 

      Inca

    • B. 

      Aztec

    • C. 

      Olmec

    • D. 

      Maya

  • 34. 
    Empire of tribute states
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 35. 
    Known for their stone totums
    • A. 

      Olmec

    • B. 

      Toltec

    • C. 

      Inuit

    • D. 

      Anasazi

  • 36. 
    Had extensive organization-- divided empire into units, which were governed by a bureacracy
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 37. 
    1 offical language: Quecha
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 38. 
    Had a confederation of city-states governed by officials who reported happenings to the emperor
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 39. 
    Empire of tribute states
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 40. 
    Emperor was also the main religious leader and had absolute power
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 41. 
    Practiced human sacrficie to enire the survival of the gods and people,so they sent human energy skyward
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 42. 
    Had a number system using zero
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inc

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 43. 
    Laws enforced with death pentaly=low crime rate
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 44. 
    Collected a tribute from conquered ppls
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 45. 
    Had small groups known as ayllu, who worked together building irrigation and agricultural terraces
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 46. 
    Divided families into groups(10,100,1000,10000) and were led by a chief
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 47. 
    Believed in cycles of creation, destruction
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 48. 
    Had a mita-- required all able-bodied citizens to work for the state a certain number of days per year. (labor: state farmlands,craft goods,building of roads,palaces,etc.)
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 49. 
    Fought into specific wars held only to gather prisoners for sacrifice.
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 50. 
    Had a 14,000 mile road system with bridges,ranging from paved stone to simple paths. Had guest houses along roadside for weary travelers
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya

  • 51. 
    Wore masks to participate in sacred ritals
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Inca

    • C. 

      Maya