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1. The origin of the Aztecs is said to be what city that was supposedly located in the southwestern United States or northern Mexico?
2. The name "Aztec" is not the actual name of the people. By what name did the Aztecs call themselves, which eventually became the name of a modern country?
3. Nahuatl, the Aztec language, is still spoken today by about 1.5 million people.
4. The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan was built on a man-made island in which lake that eventually disappeared underneath modern Mexico City?
5. Even though we have many written records of the Aztecs, their origin and early years in the Valley of Mexico are uncertain. What is the main reason for this uncertainty?
6. The Aztecs arrived in the Valley of Mexico relatively late, around the year 1300. They settled in a part of the Valley that was held by the Tepanecas, a related culture. More famous for a much later battle fought there, by what name is the area known?
7. In the year 1323, the Aztecs were offered a princess from the Culhuacan, a neighboring people to the south, to be wed to the Aztec king. Expecting a marriage, albeit political, what did the Aztecs do to enrage the Culhuacan, who then forced the Aztecs out of their land and onto Lake Texcoco?
8. Tenochtitlan had a series of aqueducts running from springs on Chapultepec Hill to provide water for washing and cleaning, but not drinking. Where did the Aztecs get their drinking water?
9. The Pochteca were travelling traders who specialized in selling more luxurious goods not found in the common markets. Since they travelled widely and knew what was going on in many cities, what second occupation did many engage in?
10. The Aztec empire began as an alliance among the three most powerful cities within the Valley of Mexico.
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