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Questions Day 9-  Ancient History

  1. Which of the following statements are correct?
  1. Upanishad provides information about classical dance forms.
  2. Puranas are silent about dances.
  3. Natya Shastra is the 5th veda.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 3 only
  4. All are correct

2. Which of the following locations have been famous ancient centers for higher education?

  1. Nalanda in Bihar
  2. Takshashila
  3. Valabhi, in Gujarat
  4. Kanchipuram, in Tamil Nadu

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 1, 2 and 3 only
  3. 2, 3 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4
  1. Consider the statements regarding  Indus valley civilization:
  1. The Harappan architecture was characterised by the absence of stone buildings.
  2. IVC is called as the first urban civilisation because all the sites exhibit the features of urban planning and life style.
  3. Indus valley people had the knowledge for the construction of canals for irrigation.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
  1. Consider the following statements regarding Rigvedic period:
  1. Rig Vedic economy marked a continuation of its preceding civilizations
  2. The Rigvedic period was characterised by the extensive use of iron tools.
  3. Establishment of vast trade networks with far-off countries was a feature of the Rig-Vedic era.

Which of the above statements is/are NOT true?

  1. 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
  1. Which of the following statements are correct about Mahajanapadas?
  1. Bali was land tax and Bhaga was produce tax.
  2. Anirudha and Munda were kings of Haryanka dynasty.
  3. Nanda dynasty was established by Ugrasena.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. All are correct
  1.  Which of the following ancient port towns is wrongly matched with its location?
  1. Lothal              A.Gujarat
  2. Tamralipta     B.Karnataka
  3. Bharuch         C.Maharashtra

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. None of the above is wrongly matched
  1. Consider the following statements regarding Mauryan Administration:
  1. Mauryan administration exhibited strong feudal characteristics.
  2. Mauryan rulers often relied on the principle of the divine right to kingship to legitimize their position.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
  1. Which of the following statements are incorrect about Indus valley civilization?
  1. Integral use of sculpture in their art.
  2. The absence of external influence.
  3. Concentration on utility factor than the artistic factor.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. All the above
  1. Which of the following statements are true about the Social life of Rig Vedic Aryans?
  1. The family was patriarchal and was joint family type.
  2. Women had access to education but not free to choose the partner.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None of these
  1. Which of the following is not a known reason for the decline of Gupta empire?
  1. Loss of imperial authority caused by the rise of feudal lords.
  2. Invasion by the Huna peoples from Central Asia.
  3. Competition from the Vakatakas and the rise of Yashodharman in Malwa.
  4. Invasion by Turkish invaders from the Middle east. 
  1. Which of the following statements are true about Sangam age?
  1. Society was harmonious but there was friction between local and Vedic traditions.
  2. Buddhism and Jainism were widespread in the Sangam era.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None of these
  1. Which of the following are true about Neolithic sites in India?
  1. Neolithic period ranges from present to 10,000 years ago and is characterized by microliths.
  2. Burzahom in Kashmir is a Neolithic site where cooking hearths were found only inside the house.
  3. There is no evidence of neolithic site in northeast India.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. None of the above
  1. Consider the following statements regarding Sangam age:
  1. Hereditary monarchy was the form of government during the Sangam period
  2. Both internal and foreign trade was well organized and briskly carried on in the Sangam Age.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

14.With regards to Sangam age history, the terms Kurinji, Mullai, Marudam, Neydal and Palai refers to:

  1. The five-fold division of lands.
  2. Flowering plants having religious significance.
  3. The popular Tamil poetry of the age.
  4. Popular mensuration units used.
  1. A Harappan site is characterised by the discovery of perpendicular ploughed fields, which among the following fits the description?
  1. Lothal
  2. Kalibangan
  3. Sutkagendor
  4. Mohenjodaro 
  1. Consider the following statements regarding Rig Vedic era:
  1. Tax collected in the form of coins was the major source of income for the monarch.
  2. The king used to maintain a standing army to protect his kingdom.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
  1. Consider the following statements regarding emperor Harsha’s regime:
  1. When compared to Gupta era, the trade and commerce had declined during Harsha’s period.  
  2. Fourfold varna system was not rigid during his regime.
  3. The maintenance of public records was the salient feature of Harsha’s administration

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
  1. Consider the following statements regarding sabha and Samiti:
  1. Sabha performed judicial functions, which the Samiti did not.
  2. During early Vedic times, women were allowed to take part in Sabhas.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
  1. Consider the following statements regarding Magadha?
  1. It became the most prominent Mahajanapada owing to its large standing army and walled city.
  2. The capital was initially Rajagriha and then shifted to Pataliputra.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2
  1. .Consider the statements regarding Gupta period.
  1. The period was characterised by the revivalism of Hinduism
  2. Jati panchayats got strengthened in this period.

Which of the above statements is/are not true?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2

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