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Counting: Calendars and Cords
Three Great Civilizations
The Maya: Ancient Timekeepers
Aztec Legends and Calendars
Accountants of the Inca
The Spanish Conquest
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Test Your Knowledge

You probably already know something about the great civilizations of Latin America. This quiz is an opportunity to check your knowledge before you start your explorations of the Maya, the Aztecs, and the Inca. After answering all of the questions, click "Check Your Answers."

1.  Where was the Aztec civilization located?
northern Argentina
western Chile
central Mexico
the southwestern United States
2.   What peninsula did the Maya culture occupy?
Baja California
3.   What mountain range was part of the Incan Empire?
the Sierra Madres
the Andes
the Rockies
the Himalayas
4.   What was one accomplishment the Aztec, Maya, and Inca had in common?
a writing system
agriculture techniques
the use of wheeled vehicles
5.   When did the Maya build their great cities?
1200–900 B.C.
250 B.C–250 A.D.
250–900 A.D.
1200–1500 A.D.
6.   What type of astronomical calendar did the Maya use?
a solar calendar
A religious calendar based on their legends
a 365-day calendar determined by a central government
a lunar calendar
7.   During what period did the Aztec empire flourish?
1500–1200 B.C.
200 B.C.–1000 A.D.
500–1800 A.D.
1200–1500 A.D.
8.   What are glyphs?
written symbols that stand for a sound or a word
large, erect stones used in sundials
breads made from ground corn meal
9.   What was the purpose of the Inca quipus?
to observe the stars
to record inventories
to move large blocks of stone
to carve terraces on steep mountainsides
10.   What country took control of the lands of the Aztecs, Maya, and Inca?

Credits: Aztec Calendar Stone © Kimball Morrison/South American Pictures.

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These topics correspond to chapters in the Patterns of Interaction series (McDougal Littell, 2005).