Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

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What is a Mesoamerican civilization?

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1. What geographical features help support the growth of civilization?

2. How did the jungle affect Mayan development differently than the development of the Incas or Aztecs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How did the unique geographical features surrounding the Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations affect their development? To pass the quiz, you'll need to answer this and other questions about these civilizations and their regions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these resources, you may test your knowledge of the following:

  • Mesoamerican civilizations
  • The geographical features that help support the growth of a civilization
  • The impact of the jungle on Mayan development
  • Why the Valley of Mexico fostered civilization
  • Incan agriculture in the Andes

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Maya, Inca, Aztec and Mesoamerica
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the different geographical features surrounding these civilizations and interpret their impacts correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Mesoamerican civilization

Additional Learning

For more details about how geography helps shape cultures, review the corresponding lesson called Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review the geography of the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Define 'city-states'
  • Explore the geography of the Valley of Mexico
  • Recognize who the Mexica were
  • Explain chinampas and their purpose
  • Understand the use of terraces for agriculture
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