How much do you know about Mexico? Take our quiz.

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From Pre-Columbian civilization to the drug trafficking organizations of today, how much do you know about the United States' neighbor to the south?

What does the 5th of May commemorate in Mexico?

Independence from Spain

 

Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla

 

Independence from the United States at the battle of Puebla

 

Which two empires preceded modern day Mexico?

Maya civilization and Portuguese

 

Quiche and Spanish

 

Spanish and Portuguese

 

Aztec and Spanish

 

Which state is indicated on this map?

Coahuila

 

Yucatan

 

Sonora

 

Chihuahua

 

When did Mexico “transition” to democracy?

1988

 

1734

 

2000

 

1942

 

Mexico is almost three times larger than what US state?

Maine

 

Ohio

 

Texas

 

New Mexico

 

Which well-known resort town is pictured on this map?

Acapulco

 

Cabo San Lucas

 

Puerto Escondido

 

Cancún

 

Why did the number 43 become significant in September 2014?

Number of years since Mexico's independence

 

Number of students from a teacher's college abducted in the town of Iguala

 

Number of bids for Latin America's first high-speed railway between Mexico City and Querétaro

 

Record number of daily flights from the US to Mexico City

 

Which well-known Mexican actor starred in the popular films Amores Perros and Motorcycle Diaries?

Antonio Banderas

 

Gael Garcia Bernal

 

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

The Mexican state of Michoacán is the world's largest producer of what product?

Avocados

 

Potatoes

 

Volkswagens

 

School textbooks

 

Mexico City is built on top of what kind of natural formation?

An inactive volcano

 

A lake

 

A mountain

 

A salt bed

 

Which Mexican city is indicated on this map?

Monterrey

 

Puebla

 

Juárez

 

Saltillo

 

Which politician did NOT run for president in Mexico’s 2012 election?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

 

Felipe Calderon

 

Josefina Vazquez Mota

 

Enrique Pena Nieto

 

Which language is NOT spoken in Mexico?

Spanish

 

Náhuatl

 

Maya

 

Mixteco

 

All are spoken in Mexico

 

Which city is indicated on this map?

Mexicali

 

Guadalajara

 

León

 

Toluca

 

What is Pemex?

State owned cell phone company

 

State owned oil company

 

The Mexican central bank

 

Which three elements are represented on the Mexico’s coat of arms on the national flag?

Cactus, eagle, and snake

 

Eagle, sun, and palm tree

 

Cactus, cattle skull, and sun

 

The famous El Ángel monument in Mexico City was built to celebrate the anniversary of what event?

The beginning of Mexico's War of Independence

 

The end of the Mexican-American War

 

The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

The 1910 Mexican Revolution

 

Mistaking him for returning god Quetzalcoatl, legend says the Aztecs offered what sacred drink to Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes?

Tequila

 

Blood

 

water

 

Hot Chocolate

 

Modern Mexico City stands at what historically important location?

The location where explorer Hernán Cortés first came ashore

 

Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire

 

The site of the first Catholic mission in Mexico

 

El Ray, an ancient Maya ruin

 

Which US state was once a part of Mexico?

Oregon

 

Florida

 

Texas

 

Hawaii

 

Who was Emiliano Zapata?

Comedian

 

President

 

Revolutionary

 

Author

 

Which mountain range is indicated on this map?

Eje Volcánico Transversal

 

Sierra Madre Oriental

 

Sierra Madre del Sur

 

Sierra Madre Occidental

 

Which Mexican landmark is considered one of the ‘new’ (man made) Seven Wonders of the World?

Chichen Itza

 

Machu Picchu

 

The Zocalo

 

Who dubbed Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico for 71 years until 2000, “the perfect dictatorship?”

Carlos Fuentes

 

Bill Clinton

 

Mario Vargas Llosa

 

Vicente Fox

 

Which group historically occupied the area highlighted on this map?

Maya

 

Aztec

 

Inca

 

Pueblo

 

What is the second largest city in Mexico, behind the capital, Mexico City?

Guadalajara

 

Chihuahua

 

Monterrey

 

Puebla

 

What is a 'Chilango'?

A difficult task

 

A stubborn person

 

Someone from Mexico City

 

A loudmouth or a show-off

 

Who is Carlos Slim?

One of Mexico’s most wanted drug kingpins

 

The first president of the 21st century

 

A businessman, and the world’s wealthiest person in 2012

 

The coach of Mexico’s national soccer team

 

What institution is notable for being one the largest private universities in Latin America, with over 90,000 students at 31 campuses?

The National Autonomous University of Mexico

 

The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

 

The Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México

 

National Pedagogic University

 

What is YoSoy132 (I am 132)?

A present-day student movement

 

A viral video commemorating a Mexican sea-turtle turning 132

 

The best-selling book by former secretary of foreign affairs Jorge Castañeda

 

A name for the 1968 student riots

 

Mexico recently passed Canada to become the second biggest North American manufacturer of what product?

Computers

 

Airplanes

 

Plastics

 

Automobiles

 

Mexico holds the record for radio time dedicated to which band?

Dave Matthews

 

Juanes

 

Paul Simon

 

The Beatles

 

What was Mexico's 2014 'White House' scandal?

President Enrique Peña Nieto crashed a White House dinner in Washington, DC

 

A White House spokesman was robbed while visiting Mexico state

 

A home purchased by Mexico's first lady that raised concerns of government corruption

 

Who is ‘El Chapo’ Guzman?

The last president from the PRI party

 

A popular television host

 

A former drug trafficker

 

The mayor of Mexico City