Quiz on the Fascinating Nazca Lines of Peru
Posted on: September 21, 2018. Comments ( 1 )

Have you heard about the mysterious “geoglyphs” of Nazca, Peru?
‘Read between the lines’, with our fascinating quiz!

The Nazca Lines—an 80-year-old mystery of over 800 straight lines, 300 geometric figures, and 70 animal and plant shapes—occupying a 450-square-kilometer area in the arid coastal desert plains of southern Peru, were first discovered in __________ AD, by commercial aircraft pilots flying over Peru.





What are the geometrically-shaped motifs that form part of the Nazca Lines?
I. Triangles, Rectangles, Trapezoids
II. Pentagons, Hexagons, Heptagons
III. Circles, Spirals, Arrows, Zig-Zags, Wavy Lines
IV. Octagons, Nonagons, Decagons





The shapes of the 70 plants and animals—spider, hummingbird, monkey, lizard, pelican, snake, llama, fish, and even a killer whale—are technically termed “__________”.





Nazca Lines are “negative images” made “by clearing” 4-to-6-inch-deep trenches in the weathered, oxidized, dark-rust-coloured rock overlay of the desert floor, stencilling the exposed light-coloured and high-contrast sandy underlay, technically termed “__________”.





The Nazca Lines are largely estimated to have been created sometime between __________, while some the geoglyphs are alleged to have been created as early as __________.





On June 22, 1941—just one day after Winter Solstice—an American professor standing at the foot of one of the Nazca Lines found the sunset in direct alignment with that line, and subsequently called it the largest “__________” in the world.





Which of the following statements are true regarding the natural preservation of the Nazca Lines?
I. Hot and dry climate
II. Relentless summer
III. Extremely low rainfall
IV. Hardened subsoil, rich in lime, protects from wind erosion





Which particular motif linked to the Nazca Lines is alleged to have transformed the arid desert into a lush garden oasis by facilitating irrigation through a complex series of canals and underground aqueducts, implying that the Nazca people were more advanced in engineering than previously believed?





Comments (1)


    Sakthi Priya S says:

    Interesting quiz.

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