Question 1: Where is the Native American pyramid now known as Monks Mound?
Correct Answer: Illinois
Fact: The people who created Monks Mound were from the civilization known as the Mississippian culture, which flourished in what is now the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States from about 800 CE to 1600 CE. Monks Mound is the largest pyramid north of Mesoamerica—at its base, it's roughly the same size as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
Question 2: Which of these sports was first played by Native Americans?
- Ice hockey
Correct Answer: Lacrosse
Fact: A game first played by tribes such as the Choctaw and Algonquin was brought back to Europe by the French and renamed lacrosse.
Question 3: Native Americans are believed to have invented which of these?
Correct Answer: Syringe
Fact: The modern hypodermic syringe is commonly thought to have been invented in the mid-1800s, but Indigenous people in the Americas were using a similar tool in pre-Columbian times. They fashioned a sharpened, hollowed-out bird bone connected to a small animal bladder to inject fluids into the body. It's believed these early hypodermic needles and syringes were used to inject medicine to irrigate wounds.