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Cities, Interrupted: The Lost Civilizations Quiz
by Staff
Studying lost civilizations is about more than marveling at pyramids or ancient architecture -- it's an opportunity to learn what kinds of things can bring a once great empire to its knees. How much do you know about some of history's lost cultures?

What long-lost civilization built the network of stone temples known as Angkor Wat?

  • Khmer
  • Harappan
  • Cahokia

Where did the Harappan people build their cities from 2200 to 1900 B.C.E.?

  • West Africa
  • Central Australia
  • South Asia

The Nabateans built this stunning stone city in what is now the country of Jordan.

  • Petra
  • Knossos
  • Clovis

What group built an early American civilization across New Mexico and Arizona before abruptly abandoning it around the 13th or 14th century?

  • Rapanui
  • Nok
  • Anasazi

Where can you find the largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico?

  • central California
  • southwest Illinois
  • northern Maine

What civilization settled along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers around 3300 B.C.E.?

  • Sumerians
  • Minoans
  • Harappan

Tikal served as the capital city of this lost civilization.

  • Maya
  • Inca
  • Aztec

When the mutineers of the HMS Bounty settled on this island, they were surprised to find evidence that it had once been occupied.

  • Diego Garcia
  • Christmas Island
  • Pitcairn Island

Who built the giant statues on Easter Island?

  • Sumerians
  • Minoan
  • Rapanui

What ancient people built their mighty civilization along the Andes starting in the 13th century?

  • Inca
  • Maya
  • Aztec

How many Rapanui were left on Easter Island by the late 19th century?

  • 1
  • 111
  • 10100

Explorer Percy Fawcett mysteriously disappeared while searching for evidence of a long-lost city in this region.

  • Sahara
  • Australian Outback
  • Amazon

What civilization left behind the yet-to-be-deciphered language known as Linear A?

  • Minoans
  • Harappan
  • Sumerians

The city of Tiwanaku served as the capital of a pre-Incan empire in this South American country.

  • Bolivia
  • Peru
  • Brazil

How long ago did the Clovis civilization settle in the southwest U.S.?

  • 1300 years ago
  • 5300 years ago
  • 13,000 years ago

What group overthrew the Minoans around 1600 B.C.E., only to be overthrown themselves just 500 years later?

  • Sumerians
  • Anasazi
  • Mycenaean

What group was responsible for the first advanced civilization in west Africa?

  • Kush
  • Nok
  • Axum

Tenochtitlan served as the capital city of this ancient empire.

  • Inca
  • Maya
  • Aztec

Founded in the 4th century B.C.E., where was the ancient city of Niya located?

  • China
  • Japan
  • Peru

Where can you find the city of Catalhoyuk?

  • Turkey
  • Brazil
  • Canada