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Aztecs 2
Aztecs decorated their headdresses with feathers.

Aztecs 2

In KS2 history children will look at the culture of the Aztec Empire found in Mexico prior to the Spanish conquest. This is the second of two quizzes on the subject and it looks specifically at Aztec religion and culture.

The Aztec Empire emerged around the 13th century and it was dominant in Mexico before the Spanish conquest of the 16th century. Aztec culture had a rich mythology connected to its religion which demanded human sacrifice. This may sound barbaric but the Aztecs were quite civilised. They had a complex calendar, well developed religious traditions and amazing buildings and pyramids. They also traded in some foods which have become popular, not just in Mexico, but throughout the world, such as maize and, perhaps more importantly, chocolate!

Take our second Aztec quiz and find out how much you know about the religion and culture of the Aztec Empire.

1.
Where did the Aztec Gods and Goddesses live?
Asgard
Tlalocan
Texcoco
Yuatepec
Tlalocan was the Aztec paradise where it was always Springtime. It always had plenty of edible plants growing so there was never a lack of things to eat
2.
How many uniquely named days were in the religious calendar?
200
260
365
500
Each of the 20 Trecenas was made up of 13 days
3.
What was the name of the bread eaten by Aztecs?
Tortilla
Naan
Granary
Chapatti
This was flat like a pancake and made from maize
4.
What is a comal?
A weapon
A clay disc for cooking
A type of spoon
A knife for hunting
The comal was placed on top of three rocks in which a fire was lit
5.
Who did the Aztecs sacrifice to the gods?
Young girls
Naughty children
Old people
Captured enemies
The Aztecs raided enemy towns to capture victims alive for human sacrifice. Slaves could also be used for human sacrifice, but only if they were lazy!
6.
What did the Aztecs do with the cocoa bean?
Used it as money
Drank it
Flavoured it with chillies
All of these
Cocoa was very important to the Aztecs. Cocoa beans were given out at children's coming of age ceremonies and during wedding ceremonies the couple drank a cup of chocolate and exchanged cocoa beans!
7.
What did Aztecs decorate headdresses with?
Fur
Chillies
Cactus
Feathers
Only the most important Aztecs - like the nobility or great warriors - were allowed to wear a headdress
8.
Who was the Aztec rain god?
Tlaloc
Chantico
Tezcatlipoca
Quetzalcoatl
Tlaloc was the god of the rains, but he was also by a god of fertility and of water. He was worshiped as the giver of life, but he was also feared because he could send hail, thunder and lightning
9.
How many months were in an Aztec year?
6
12
18
24
There were 365 days in one year divided into 18 months of 20 days. The spare five days were thought to be unlucky
10.
Aztecs had two calendars. One marked time but what did the other fix?
Sundays
Religious festivals
Harvests
Market days
This religious calendar was called the Tonalpohualli and it had 20 periods, or Trecenas, each devoted to a particular god

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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