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The Ultimate Mysterious World Monuments Quiz
by Staff
All over the world there are mysterious monuments from ancient times that conjure up many weird and wonderful theories about who built them and for what purpose. For that matter, future archeologists may ponder how the Brooklyn Bridge was constructed using the primitive technologies available at the time. Join us in a journey to the past by taking this quiz.

How did early European explorers describe Easter Island?

  • flat desert plains
  • tropical paradise
  • wasteland

What is the special characteristic of this island?

  • 1,000 monolithic human statues
  • unique tropical birds
  • underground caves

How heavy are the moai?

  • 78 tons
  • 86 tons
  • 95 tons

What is it that puzzles visitors?

  • They wondered why all the statues are the same.
  • They wondered how the islanders measured the precise distances between the sculptures.
  • They wonder how these sculptures were erected without ropes or lumber.

Why did the islanders build these statues?

  • tributes to local gods
  • status symbols
  • an attempt to frighten off invaders

What was one of the world's largest cities in 600 A.D.?

  • Constantinople
  • Tenochtitlan
  • Teotihuacan

What is name given to the massive central boulevard?

  • Avenue of the Dead
  • Pathway to Heaven
  • The Warriors' Way

What do archeologists know about the builders of this city?

  • They were descendants of the ancient Aztecs.
  • They appear to have been peaceful farmers.
  • Very little is known.

Why was the city abandoned?

  • devastation wreaked by plagues
  • repeated sackings and burnings
  • lack of wildlife for food

The name of the city is an Aztec word. What does it mean?

  • place where men become gods
  • Avenue of the Dead
  • warriors' paradise

What was the purpose of Machu Picchu?

  • capital of the Inca empire
  • fortress controlling access to the Inca kingdom
  • summer resort for the Inca king

When was it discovered?

  • Spanish conquistadors discovered it in 1523.
  • American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911.
  • A French expedition found it in 1932.

How many residents were there during the summer?

  • 750
  • 650
  • 450

Why is this city considered an architectural marvel?

  • stones are all almost exactly the same size
  • the stones were brought from great distances
  • constructed from interlocking stones without mortar

What secret did the Incas take to their graves?

  • why this city was built in such a remote location
  • how they transported 20 ton stones up the cliff
  • how its existence was kept secret from the Spanish conquistadors who conquered the area

What was found while clearing the Costa Rican jungle for banana plantations?

  • stone spheres
  • wooden burial containers
  • fossils dating back millions of years

Just how were these treasures created?

  • metal tools
  • stone tools
  • water and elephant tusks

Since when were early Costa Ricans carving spheres?

  • 600 A.D.
  • 1200 A.D.
  • 1300 A.D.

What is the Yonaguni Monument?

  • a huge circle of stone obelisks
  • remnants of an ancient amphitheater
  • a huge collection of stone structure

What does Professor Schoch believe regarding this site?

  • It's a natural phenomenon since sandstone breaks in straight lines.
  • It is a mixture of both manmade and natural structures.
  • It can't be manmade since, unlike other archeological sites, no tools or pottery were found.