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Study Guide Questions

1.     Who led the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs in the 16th Century?
2.     Along with the Spanish conquest came the introduction of __________________________ to the people of Mexico.
3.     What are posadas and how did they originate?
4.     Christmas in Mexico is called ________ ______________________ , meaning "the nativity."
5.     To what do the misterios refer?
6.     Although many customs and traditions are shared throughout the country, each region of Mexico celebrates Christmas in a unique way. True or false?
7.     Briefly describe what one might find in some of the Mexican markets during the Christmas season.
8.     The scarlet poinsettia is a native plant of the western United States and was only recently adopted by Mexico. True or false?
9.     A true piņata is crafted by using a large clay pot. True or false?
10.     What do the piņata and the person attempting to break it open represent?
11.     In the last weeks of December, traditional plays called _______________________ are performed throughout Mexico.
12.     What is the common theme of pastorelas?
13.     The predominant religion of Mexico is the [Methodist/ Jewish/ Roman Catholic/ Episcopalian] religion.
14.     As times have changed, Christmas Eve mass has come to have less and less significance in the lives of the Mexican people. True or false?
15.     What is the importance of January 6th?
16.     Many families wait to open their Christmas gifts until Epiphany. True or false?
17.     What do Mexicans eat for good luck on New Year's Eve?
18.     Compare and contrast the Christmas traditions of the United States with those of Mexico.
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