Aztec Facts The Maya
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Question 1 - 10
• This city was founded by the Aztecs on the
place where an eagle was perched on a
cactus, on a rock, with a snake in its beak.
Answer 1 – 10
• Tenochtitlán
Question 1 - 20
• This is the name of the modern day city were
the Aztec capital city was located.
Answer 1 – 20
• Mexico City
Question 1 - 30
• This is the name for the language spoken by
the Aztec people
Answer 1 – 30
• Nahuatl
Question 1 - 40
• When they first arrived in Central America, the
Aztec people were good at THIS, not war as
they were later remembered.
Answer 1 – 40
• Farming
Question 1 - 50
• The Aztecs built their empire with these two
tactics.
Answer 1 – 50
• Warfare and trade
Question 2 - 10
How was political power divided among the
Maya?
Answer 2 – 10
There were many city states
Question 2 - 20
What people made up the slave population in
Mayan society?
Answer 2 – 20
Criminals and captured soldiers from other city
states
Question 2 - 30
What were the two largest Mayan city states?
Answer 2 – 30
Tikal and Palenque
Question 2 - 40
What are the three main eras of Mayan
civilization?
Answer 2 – 40
Pre-classic, classic, post-classic
Question 2 - 50
What most likely happened to the Maya?
Answer 2 – 50
Drought and poor treatment of the environment
led to famine, war ended trade between the city
states, which could not sustain the same
amount of people as before
Question 3 - 10
• The head of the Aztec government is this man.
(Hint: not a specific person)
Answer 3 – 10
• The King
Question 3 - 20
• When worshiping, the Aztecs performed
THESE, over 10,000 a year.
Answer 3 – 20
• Human sacrifices
Question 3 - 30
• Name two specific jobs found in the Aztec
empire.
Answer 3 – 30
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Farmers
Merchants
Artisans
Warriors
Priests
Question 3 - 40
• In Aztec society, these people were in the
lowest or poorest class of people.
Answer 3 – 40
• Farmers & Slaves
Question 3 - 50
• Aztecs kept detailed written records in THESE.
Answer 3 – 50
• A codex, or codices.
Question 4 - 10
• The Aztecs built a great empire, but were
conquered by THIS group of people in 1521.
Answer 4 – 10
• The Spanish
Question 4 - 20
• THIS group of people developed complex
social, religious, artistic, and scientific systems
in their empire.
Answer 4 – 20
• The Aztec
Question 4 - 30
• Name two scientific achievements of the
Aztecs.
Answer 4 – 30
• Calendar
• Medicinal plants
Question 4 - 40
• Besides writing codices, the Aztecs also kept
their stories and traditions alive through THIS.
Answer 4 – 40
• Story telling or oral traditions
Question 4 - 50
• These kept fresh water flowing into the Aztec
cities and helped maintain the way of life for
the Aztecs.
Answer 4 – 50
• Canals
Question 5 - 10
• This was a combination of bridges and roads
built across water to protect Tenochtitlán.
Answer 5 – 10
• Causeways
Question 5 - 20
• This is a developed group of people with 8
features to identify them.
Answer 5 – 20
• Civilization
Question 5 - 30
• A group of cities, land or people all controlled
by one leader or government.
Answer 5 – 30
• Empire
Question 5 - 40
• When people move from one place to
another, they are doing THIS.
Answer 5 – 40
• Migrate
Question 5 - 50
• This is another name for Central America, it
includes the area in the middle of the North
and South America.
Answer 5 – 50
• Mesoamerica
Final Jeopardy
Tally your totals, and bet an amount on final
jeopardy. Write your answer to this question:
Question: Tenochtitlan fell when this man-and
other Spanish conquistadors-killed Montezuma,
the Aztec emperor in 1521.
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