Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes


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Today, Mayan people can be found all over Southern Mexico. So why did so many people think that the Mayans disappeared?

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1. The most influential factor in the fall of the Aztecs was:

2. How did the Aztecs react to the arrival of the Spanish?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you learn key information about the Mesoamerican civilizations of the Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs. Some things you'll be quizzed over include the conquistador who defeated the Aztecs and the current area where the Maya civilization once existed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Geographic region of Mayan civilization
  • Factors in the fall of the Aztecs
  • First complex society in Mesoamerica

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Olmecs' place in history
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the Aztec leader who ruled during the arrival of the Spanish

Additional Learning

Find additional information in the lesson called Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the first great Mesoamerican civilization
  • Recognize the chief accomplishments of the Maya
  • Understand the power of the Aztec Empire and the cause of its fall