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Practice - Prehistory and Ancient Civilisations - 10

Hello, future historians! Are you ready to tap into your knowledge of the ancient Maya? This puzzling civilisation has captivated scientists, archaeologists, and now, you! Let's explore their exciting culture, mysterious rituals, and magnificent buildings. Warm up your brains for a memory jog back in time. Get ready, set and let the quiz begin!
1.
What were Mayan houses constructed from?
Glass
Stone and stucco
Chocolate
Metal
Typical Mayan dwellings were constructed from stone and stucco. They also used thatched roofs.
2.
What was the profession of the most important people in Maya society?
Footballers
Farmers
Warriors
Priests and nobles
Priests and nobles were the most respected in Maya society. They lived in palaces and temples within the city centre and made important decisions for the community.
3.
Where did the Maya civilisation primarily exist?
On the moon
All of Europe
Central America
Australia
The ancient Maya civilisation was mainly situated in Central America, including present-day southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and parts of El Salvador and Honduras.
4.
What was a popular game played by the Maya?
Polo
Chess
Ball game (Pok-a-Tok)
Monopoly
The ancient Maya played a ball game known as Pok-a-Tok. It was a very important part of their culture and often had religious significance.
5.
When did the Maya civilisation peak?
300 AD to 900 AD
500 BC to 200 BC
1500 AD to 1700 AD
1800 AD to 1900 AD
The peak of the ancient Maya civilization, known as the Classic Period, took place from approximately 300 AD to 900 AD.
6.
What domesticated animals did the ancient Maya have?
Horses
Turkeys
Cats
Cows
Turkeys were the primary domesticated animals of the ancient Maya. They were typically raised for their feathers and as a source of meat.
7.
What agricultural technique did the Maya use?
Slash and burn
Tilling
Hydroponics
Terrace farming
The Maya used a 'slash and burn' agricultural technique, which involved them cutting down vegetation and burning it off to enrich the soil.
8.
What did the ancient Maya use to write their language?
Hieroglyphs
Alphabet letters
Music notes
Morse code
The ancient Maya had a complex written language made up of signs or symbols called 'hieroglyphs', each representing either an object, sound, or idea.
9.
The ancient Maya were skilled in what kind of science?
Robotics
Genetics
Astronomy
Quantum physics
Ancient Maya were skilled astronomers. They closely watched the stars, planets, and moon, and even predicted solar eclipses.
10.
What is the name of the famous ruined Mayan city in Mexico?
Paris
New York
Beijing
Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is the famous ruined Mayan city in Mexico. It is known for the El Castillo pyramid and Great Ball Court.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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