Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz

  • Article by: KEN FISHER , North America Syndicate Inc.
  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Take this Super Quiz to a Ph.D. Score 1 point for each correct answer on the Freshman Level, 2 points on the Graduate Level and 3 points on the Ph.D. Level.

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Subject: MESOAMERICAN CIVILIZATIONS

(e.g., What was the first major civilization in Mexico? Answer: Olmec.)

FRESHMAN LEVEL

1. Which society's capital city was named Tenochtitlan?

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2. Whose arrival marked the end of Mesoamerican expansion?

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3. What sort of sporting arena is a feature of Mesoamerican societies?

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GRADUATE LEVEL

4. How do Mesoamerican pyramids differ from those of Egypt?

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5. What was the significance of 260 days and 365 days?

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6. Name the 2006 Mel Gibson film about Mesoamerican societies.

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PH.D. LEVEL

7. What was Quetzalcoatl?

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8. A vigesimal numeric system was developed. What does "vigesimal" indicate?

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9. What creation do Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia and China share in common?

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ANSWERS: 1. Aztec. 2. The Spanish. 3. Ballcourts. 4. Step pyramids with temples on top. 5. Number of days in the two major calendars. 6. "Apocalypto." 7. A deity (the feathered serpent). 8. Base 20 (our decimal system is base 10). 9. Independent development of a writing system.

SCORING:

18 points - congratulations, doctor; 15 to 17 points - honors graduate; 10 to 14 points - you're plenty smart, but no grind; 4 to 9 points - you really should hit the books harder; 1 point to 3 points - enroll in remedial courses immediately; 0 points - who reads the questions to you?

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