Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept


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Which theory would have contributed to longer-lasting and more severe droughts?

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1. How did the introduction of the Spaniards contribute to the downfall of Mayan civilization?

2. How is it possible that the Mayan rain forest could also be considered a seasonal desert?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz on the Mayans, you'll need to know about evidence supporting various theories related to their disappearance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use these assessment tools to see what you know about:

  • Mayan water supply
  • Spanish conquering of the Maya
  • Effect of Spanish explorers

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on theories on the Mayan disappearance
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Mayan crop growth
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Spanish exploration of the Mayan civilization

Additional Learning

See what scholars have to say about the demise of the Mayan civilization with the lesson Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept. The lesson can help you:

  • Identify characteristics and basic facts about the Maya
  • Recognize the respective evidence supporting five different theories
  • Understand the belief shared by many archaeologists regarding the Mayan disappearance