Quiz 405 – Practice Paper (Ancient India)

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1. The division of Mauryan society into seven classes was particularly mentioned in

(a) The Puranas

(b) Asokan edicts

(c) Indika of Megasthenes

(d) Kautilya’s Arthasastra


 

2. Which of the following are matched correctly with respect to the designation given to king in Mauryan Administration? Select the correct answer?

(a) Raja – West India

(b) Bhoj – Central India

(c) Viraat – North India

(d) None of these


 

3. Assertion (A): The Mauryans made a remarkable contribution to art and architecture, and introduced stone masonry on a wide scale.

Reason (R): The stone statue of Yakshini in the form of a beautiful woman found in Didarganj (Patna) is noted for its Mauryan polish.

(a) A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A.

(b) A and R are true but r is not the correct explanation of A.

(c) A is true but R is false.

(d) A is false but R is true.


 

4. Name of the ruler who issued the first ever long inscription in chaste Sanskrit is

(a) Rudradaman – I

(b) Nagarjuna

(c) Milinda

(d) Gondophernes


 

5. ‘Prayag Prasasti’ is

(a) Written by Harisena in Brahmi script.

(b) Book on life of Samundragupta.

(c) Praises of Samundragupta as inscriptions on Allahabad’s Asokan pillar.

(d) All of these.


 

6. The machinations of Chankya against Chandragupta’s enemies are described in detail in the

(a) Indika

(b) Vajrayana

(c) Mudrarakshasa

(d) Sulkadhyaksha


 

7. Our information regarding Alexander’s invasion is derived from the account left by three of the following. Point the odd one out

(a) Plutarch

(b) Ctesias

(c) Diodorus

(d) Nearchus


 

8. Consider the following statements about Fa-Hien

  1. He came to India through sea route and went through land route.
  2. He visited Patliputra and praised the beauty of the city.
  3. He wrote about untouchability in India.

Select the correct statement(s) using the codes given below:

(a) Only 1

(b) Both 1 and 3

(c) Both 2 and 3

(d) None of these.


 

9. Assertion (A): Harsha became a great supporter of Buddhism and made general endowments to it.

Reason (R): Harsha was influenced by a Chinese pilgrim Huen Tsang who came to India to study at the Buddhist University of Nalanda and collect Buddhist texts from India.

(a) A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A.

(b) A and R are true but r is not the correct explanation of A.

(c) A is true but R is false.

(d) A is false but R is true.


 

10. The reason(s) for the famous Greek ruler, Alexander to end his expansion in India was/were

  1. A large drop in the total number of Greek soldiers due to continuous fighting.
  2. The Greek soldiers had grown war weary and diseased.
  3. The hot climate of India and ten years of continuous campaigning had made the Greek soldiers terribly homesick.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) Only 1

(b) Both 1 and 3

(c) Both 2 and 3

(d) All of these.


 

11. Who were the first kings to issue coins bearing their names?

(a) Sassanias

(b) Kushans

(c) Mauryans

(d) Bactrians


 

12. Harsha’s Banskhere inscription gives the account about Harsha that

(a) He had a great personality.

(b) He was very charming.

(c) His writing was very nice.

(d) He was a brave ruler.


 

13. Following are shown on Samundra Gupta’s coin except one

(a) Buffalo

(b) Lion

(c) Picture of Ashwamegh Yagna.

(d) Picture of playing violin was shown because he himself played violin very well.


 

14. Which of the following Gods are mentioned is Boghazkoi inscription?

  1. Mitra
  2. Varun
  3. Nasatyaj
  4. Indra

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) Both 2 and 4

(b) 1, 2 and 4

(c) 2, 3 and 4

(d) All of these.


 

15. Mahavastu and Divyavandana are important books composed with the sole objective of communicating the teachings of

(a) Mahayana Buddhism

(b) Hinayana Buddhism

(c) Brahmanism

(d) None of these.


 

Answers:

  1. (c) Megasthenes account does not survive in full, but quotations from it occur in the works of several subsequent Greek writers. These fragments have been collected and published in the form of book entitled Indika.
  2. (c) Bhoj – South India, Raja – Central India, Samrat – East India.
  3. (a)
  4. (a) Rudradaman – I was a great lover of Sanskrit. All the earlier longer inscriptions that we have in India were composed in Prakrit which had been made the state language by Asoka.
  5. (d)
  6. (c)
  7. (b)
  8. (a) Fa-Hien was a Chinese traveler who came through land rout and went through sea route via Sri Lanka.
  9. (a)
  10. (c)
  11. (d)
  12. (c)
  13. (a) Apart from (b), (c) and (d), Ox and Tiger were also shown.
  14. (b)
  15. (a)

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