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Quiz about Aztec Inca Olmec or Maya
Quiz about Aztec Inca Olmec or Maya

Aztec, Inca, Olmec, or Maya? Trivia Quiz


We know they are the big four in Mesoamerican pre-history, but which one is which? This quiz might help sort things out.

A multiple-choice quiz by DaMoopies. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
DaMoopies
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
376,471
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
285
Last 3 plays: gogetem (10/10), Guest 185 (8/10), Guest 105 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which is reckoned to have built the first cities? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which ancient civilization in the Americas developed what is considered the most sophisticated system of writing? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Cortez was responsible for the fall of which empire? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which civilization created the well-known giant stone heads? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which civilization occupied much of present day Peru? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The ill-fated Emperor Atahualpa ruled which of these? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which present day country was home to the Aztecs? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which civilization spoke the Nahuatl language? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which was the first to develop a 365 day a year calendar? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which culture was called by another "the rubber people"? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which is reckoned to have built the first cities?

Answer: Olmec

1500 BC is a reasonable approximation for the first Olmec cities. The first Maya cities date from around 750 BC, the first Inca cities around 1200 AD, and the earliest Aztec cities from about 1325 AD.
2. Which ancient civilization in the Americas developed what is considered the most sophisticated system of writing?

Answer: Maya

It's the only one that linguists have managed to translate into modern languages, at any rate. It is still being taught in Mexico in many areas where it is currently spoken. The Inca used knotted ropes known as quipu in lieu of writing. The Aztec system did not include an alphabet and was internally inconsistent.

The Olmec used a system that was relatively simplistic compared that to the Maya.
3. Cortez was responsible for the fall of which empire?

Answer: Aztec

Full name Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro. Neil Young wrote a song about him called "Cortez the Killer". He is traditionally regarded as the archetypal brutal conquistador, but there are few reliable sources. He was born in Spain in 1485. He died in 1547, also in Spain.
4. Which civilization created the well-known giant stone heads?

Answer: Olmec

Possibly the best known giant stone head is Xtapolapocetl, who appeared in an episode of "The Simpsons". Alas, that particular giant stone head is entirely fictional.
5. Which civilization occupied much of present day Peru?

Answer: Inca

The Inca had a quite advanced civilization, but never developed a system of writing. They were the largest civilization in the Americas before Columbus. The Spanish conquest of the Incan Empire began in 1532 and was completed forty years later.
6. The ill-fated Emperor Atahualpa ruled which of these?

Answer: Inca

He was murdered in the course of the conquest by Francisco Pizarro, although Pizarro claimed to have been against the deed. Atahualpa was forced to give a tremendous amount of gold and silver to Pizarro, allegedly in exchange for his life. The deal was not honored, and Atahualpa was garrotted.
7. Which present day country was home to the Aztecs?

Answer: Mexico

The Aztec Empire spanned both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of central Mexico. Their capital was Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs are regarded as the last significant mesoamerican civilization.
8. Which civilization spoke the Nahuatl language?

Answer: Aztec

The Aztec civilization could be referred to as all those peoples who used the language, but there is some debate. Nahuatl refers to Aztec branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Some English words have Nahuatl origins, including chocolate, avocado, and peyote.
9. Which was the first to develop a 365 day a year calendar?

Answer: Maya

The Maya people were advanced as far as astronomical knowledge was concerned. Some contemporary persons believed the Maya calendar predicted the end of the world in 2012. Among the manifestations of the alleged belief was a major Hollywood movie called "2012". Most scientists posit the world did not end in 2012.
10. Which culture was called by another "the rubber people"?

Answer: Olmec by Aztec

Olmec by Aztec. The Olmec used rubber for many purposes. Among them was making balls for a game best translated as "Ball Game". It was a game one did not want to lose.
Source: Author DaMoopies

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