Quiz 299 – History (Practice Paper and Previous Year’s Question)

1. The most important of East India Company’s officers who gave a real boost to India historical studies was-

(a) Sir William Jones

(b) Max Mueller

(c) Charles Grant

(d) James Mill


2. The best known of the early Orientalists and Indologists was-

(a) Charles Grant

(b) James Mill

(c) Max Mueller

(d) H.T. Colebrooke


3. The Best known of the British-administrator historians on Ancient India was-

(a) Charles Grant

(b) Annie Besant

(c) Vincent A. Smith

(d) T.B. Macaulay


4. Who among the following asserted that ‘Hinduism embraced all religions in its

(a) Vivekananda

(b) Annie Besant

(c) Dayananda Saraswati

(d) Ramkrishna Paramhansa


5. Who among the following translated into English the law book of Manu?

(a) Charles Wilkins

(b) N.B. Halhed

(c) Father Hanxleden

(d) Max Mueller

6. The famous dialogue between Nachiketa and Yama is mentioned in the :

(a) Kenopanishad

(b) Kathopanishad

(c) Chhandogypanishad

(d) Mundakopanishad 


7. Assertion (A): The sponsor and the most prominent figure of the Chisti order of Sufis in India is Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.

Reason (R): The Chisti order takes its name from a village Chisti in Ajmer.

In the context of the above two statements, which one of the following is correct?

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

(b) Both 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


8. Which one of the following was an emigree Communist journal of M.N. Roy?

(a) Vanguard

(b) The Worker

(c) Anushilan

(d) Kisan Sabha

9. The name by which Ashoka is generally referred to his inscriptions is:

(a) Dharmakirti

(b) Priyadasi

(c) Chakravarti



10. Who among the following was a Brahmavadini, who composed some hymns of the Vedas?

(a) Savitri

(b) Leelavati

(c) Lopamudra

(d) Gargi



1. (a) He came to Calcutta (now Kolkata) as a judge of the Supreme Court of Bengal in 1783 and founded Asiatic society Bengal in 1784. The Society’s journal Asiatic Researches catered a much-required forum for Oriental studies that can be considered a landmark in the revelation of the traditional thought and culture of India.

2. (c) He never visited India and spent most of his time in England. He worked on Sanskrit and related subjects. He spoke glowingly about the unchanging Indian village communities. He took the Sanskrit name ‘Moksha Mula.’

3. (c) He wrote nine books on Indian history after his retirement. His book Early history of India, published in 1904, was based on a deep study the primary sources available at the time.

4. (d) He was one of those Indian reformist leaders who challenged British views of the early Indian history.

5. (b) He translated the law book of Manu, considered the most authoritative among all the early Indian Legal Texts, in 1776. The Book appeared in German language in 1778.

6.(b) In Kathopanishad, the famous dialogue between Nachiketa and Yama about transmigration of soul and “Atma” and “Bramha” is mentioned.

7.(c) The Chisti Silsilah was founded by Khwaja Abu Ishak Siyami of Syria, but it was introduced by Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in India, who came along Sihabuddin Gori army in 1192. The order got its name Chisti on the name of place Chisti in Afghanistan, where Khwaja Abu Ishak had migrated and died in 940 A.D.

8.(a) “Communist Vanguard” was an emigree Communist Journal of M.N. Roy.

9.(b) The name by which Ashoka is generally referred to in his inscription is “Piyapins” or Priyadarsi. He is also referred to as “Qevanompiya” and “Ashoka” in his inscription.

10.(c) Many Hymns of the Rigveda was composed by women and they were called Bramavadini. The prominent in them were Lopamudra, Vishwawara, Sikta, Nivavari, and Ghosa.

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