MCQs on Ancient Indian History - 10

1. Consider the following statements about the Harappan civilization:
1 The sites are discovered both from the urban and rural areas.
2 The inscriptions are in different contemporary scripts.
3 The tools and metals provide the idea of the specialised artisans.
4 The dock-yards have been found at Lothal and Dholavira.

Which of the above statements are correct?
(A) 1 and 2
(B) 1 and 3
(C) 2 and 4
(D) 4 and 2

2. Which deities are not referred to in the Rig-veda?
(A) The gods of natural phenomena like Indra, Agni, Varuna and Mitra.
(B) The goddesses like Ushas and Aditi.
(C) The semi-divine deities such as gandharvas, apsaras and pishachas.
(D) Ganesha and Karttikeya.

3. Which one of the following is not contained in the Upanishads?
(A) Avataravada
(B) Atman
(C) Brahman
(D) Maya

4. Which of the following inscriptions makes a reference to Chandragupta Maurya?
(A) Kandhar inscription of Ashoka
(B) Brahmagiri inscription of Ashoka
(C) Junagadh inscription of Rudradaman I
(D) Maski inscription of Ashoka

5. The 5th pillar edict says that Ashoka made some living creatures such as parrots, fish, ants, tortoises, etc, inviolable. After which consecration year was it ordered?
 (A) 20th year
(B) 26th year
(C) 30th year
(D) 15th year

6. Which of the following is not true about the sangam age?
(A) Its historicity is debatable.
(B) The tamil commentaries of about the 8th century AD inform us about the three sangams.
(C) There are references to wars between the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Cheras in its poems.
(D) The exploits of the chiefs are not given in its literature.

7. Which of the following does not belong to Jainism?
(A) Anekantavada
(B) Ganadhara
(C) Patimokkha
(D) Syadvada

8. Which of the following is the theme of the sculptures of Gandhara art?
(A) Presentation of bride to Siddhartha.
(B) Gift of Jetavana Garden to the Buddha.
(C) Buddha’s parinirvana scene.
(D) All the above.

9. Which of the following Gupta inscriptions mentions Krishna and Devaki?
(A) Allahabad pillar inscription of Samudragupta
(B) Bhitari pillar inscription of Skandagupta
(C) Eran stone pillar inscription of Budhagupta
(D) The Mehrauli iron pillar inscription

10. At which of the following Quinquennial assemblies at Prayaga did Harsha donate almost all his belongings?
(A) 5th
(B) 6th
(C) 7th
(D) 8th

11. What is true about the Kushanas?
(A) Their traces have been found in Central Asia.
(B) They perhaps initiated the practice of appointing two governors simultaneously in the same province.
(C) The Gandhara art which developed under them not only popularised the Buddha in the anthropomorphic form, but also encouraged the amalgam of Indian and foreign arts.
(D) All the above.

12. Who has propounded the theory of the beginning of the process of State formation at regional and sub-regional levels during the early mediaeval period?
(A) Hermann Kulke
(B) R.S. Sharma
(C) B.N. Datta
(D) D.D. Kosambi

13. Which Gupta inscription records the gift of a village in favour of a Vishnu temple?
(A) Allahabad pillar inscription of Samudragupta
(B) Udayagiri cave inscription of Chandragupta II
(C) Bilsad pillar inscription of Kumaragupta I
(D) Bhitari pillar inscription of Skandagupta

14. Given below are two statements, one is labelled as Assertion (A) and the other is labelled as Reason (R).
Assertion (A): Rudradaman I repaired the damaged embankment of Sudarshana Lake.
Reason (R): As a good gesture, he neither levied any emergency tax nor demanded the free services of people.

In the context of the above 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.

15. In connection with Satvahana coins which one of the following statement is not correct?
(A) They did not issue gold coins.
(B) They issued gold coins.
(C) They issued lead coins.
(D) They issued potin coins.



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