Friday, January 23, 2009

Indian History MCQs 1

1. The main occupation of Palaeolithic (Old stone) people was :
A. agriculture
B. animal husbandry
C. fishing
D. hunting

2. The Stone Age people had the first domestic:
A. asses
B. dogs
C. horses
D. sheep

3. Which among the following metals was first used by man?
A. Iron
B. Gold
C. Copper
D. Diamond

051 The first discourse of Buddha at Der Parkin Sarnath is called:
A. Mahabhiniskraman
B. Mahaparinirvana
C. Mahamastakabhisheka
D. Dharmachakra Pravartana

5. Which one of the following archaeologists initially discovered the Mohenjodaro site of the Indus Valley civilisation ?
A. Sir John Marshal
B. Rakhal Das Bannerjee
C. Daya Ram Sahni
D. Sir Martimer Wheeler

6. The relics of the pre-Aryan civilisation have been unearthed at:
A. Taxila
B. Rajgir
C. Indraprastha
D. Mohenjodaro

7. Which among the following throws light on Harappan Culture?
A. Archaeological finds
B. The Harapan script
C. The rock edicts
D. None of the above

8. Script of the Harappans:
A. describes their war against the indigenous inhabitants
B. has not yet been deciphered
C. is written in Prakrit language
D. None of the above is true

9. The cities of Kalibangan and Lothal are associated with :
A. Egyptian culture
B. Harappan culture
C. Aryan culture
D. Chinese civilisation

052 Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana at:
A. Lumbini
B. Vaishali
C. Sarnath
D. Kushinagar

11. The excavations at which of the following sites provided the evidence of maritime trade being carried on during the period of the Harappan culture?
A. Mohenjodaro
B. Lothal
C. Kalibangan
D. Roper

12. The Harappans did not know the use of:
A. bronze
B. gold
C. iron
D. Silver

13. Harappan Culture was spread over:
A. Punjab, Sind, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat
B. Sind, Punjab, Baluchistan, Afghanistan
C. Sind, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat
D. Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Afghanistan

14. The glory of the Harappan culture rests chiefly on:
A. architecture
B. town planing
C. craftsmanship
D. administrative system

15. The Harappan Civilisation is known for its:
A. agriculture
B. overseas trade and commerce
C. art and painting
D. drainage system

16. Indus Valley Civilisation is also known as the Harappan culture because:
A. the site of Harappa is six times larger than Mohenjodaro site
B. the Indus Valley Civilisation is considered the elementary/initial stage of the Vedic culture and Harappa is believed to be the same as Harappa mentioned in the Vedas
C. Harappa was the first site to be excavated in the Indus valley
D. the most important/significant evidence of the achievements of this civilisation have been excavated from Harappa

17. Of the following sites associated with theIndus Valley Civilisation, one located in India is:
A. Lothal
B. Mohenjodaro
C. Harappa
D. None of the above

18. With which period is Indus Valley Civilisation associated?
A. 567-487 BC
B. 327-325 BC
C. 300-200 BC
D. 250-150 BC

19. Which of the following is correct?
A. The Indus Valley Civilization existed even before the spread of Harappan Culture
B. The Indus Valley Civilization co-existed with the Aryan Civilisation
C. The Indus Valley people used materials made of iron
D. The Indus Valley Civilisation was an urban civilisation

20. The Indus Valley Civilisation people had the knowledge of:
A. gold, silver, copper, iron, bronze but not tin
B. gold, silver, copper, bronze, lead but not iron
C. gold, silver, copper, bronze, tin, iron but not lead
D. gold, silver, copper, tin, iron but not bronze

21. Which of the following is the most important feature of the Indus Valley Civilization?
A. Burnt brick buildings
B. Gold coins
C. Sound system of administration
D. Art & architecture

22. The Indus Valley people had trade relations with:
A. Egypt
B. Greece
C. Sumeria (Iraq)
D. Mesopotamia

23. Knowledge about the existence of which of the following animals is doubtful in the Indus Valley Civilisation?
A. Cat
B. Dog
C. Bull
D. Horse

24. The Indus Valley people were worshipers of:
A. Mother goddess
B. Indra and Varuna
C. Brahma
D. Vishnu

25. The script of Indus Valley Civilisation is:
A. Persian
B. Dravidian
C. Sanskrit
D. Undeciphered

26. The parent script of the Indo-Aryan andDravidian languages is:
A. Indus
B. Brahmi
C. Kharosti
D. Aramaic

27. The oldest among the Vedas is the:
A. Sama Veda
B. Atharva Veda
C. Rig Veda
D. Yajur Veda

28. The one that can be called a Buddhist scripture is the:
A. Vedas
B. Aranyakas
C. Upanishads
D. Tripitakas

29. The Rig Veda is a book on:
A. sacrificial prayers
B. praise of gods
C. mysticism and philosophy
D. political, social, and religious life of the people of vedic age

30. Which one of the following contains the Gayatri Mantra?
A. Rig Veda
B. Yajur Veda
C. Upanishad
D. Aranyakas

31. In the Rigveda one finds:
A. hymnsin praise of the gods
B. rituals to be practised by people
C. list of yagnas to be performed
D. all the above

32. The important divinities mentioned in the Rigveda are:
A. Indra, Aditi, Rudra
B. Agni, Siva, Vishnu
C. Prajapati, Varuna, Vishnu
D. Indra, Agni, Varuna

33. The Prose explanations of the Vedas were known as the:
A. Brahmanas
B. Samhitas
C. Aranyakas
D. Upanishads

34. The poetical portion of the Vedas is known as:
A. Brahmana
B. Samhita
C. Aranyaka
D. Upanishada

35. The Vedangas were _____ in number.
A. six
B. four
C. eight
D. ten

36. Which one of the following does not constitute part of the Veda?
A. Nirukta
B. Upanishad
C. Brahmana
D. Samhita

37. The Puranas are:
A. 4 in number
B. 7 in number
C. 10 in number
D. 18 in number

38. Which one of the following was worshipped as a heavenly god by ancient Indians?
A. Surya
B. Angaraka (Mangala)
C. Sukra
D. Sani

39. New schools of thought against Vedic ritualistic practices arose around:
A. 100 BC
B. 600BC
C. 5th century AD
D. 540BC

40. Mahavira was born in a Kshatriya clan of the name o :
A. Shakya
B. Jnatrika
C. Malas
D. Lichhavis

41. Name of Mahavira‘s wife was:
A. Gopa
B. Yashodhara
C. Jabala
D. Yashoda

42. Who, according to Jains, was the founder of Jainism?
A. Rishaba
B. Mahavira
C. Arishtanemi
D. Parsvanatha

43. Kaivalya is associated with:
A. Brahminism
B. Jainism
C. Buddhism
D. Zoroastrianism

44. The Angas constitute the sacred literature of the:
A. Buddhists
B. Parsis
C. Jains
D. Hindus

45. The Jains believe that Mahavira was the last of the:
A. teachers
B. monks
C. prophets
D. tirthankaras

46. Tirthankaras are associated with :
A. Sikhism
B. Christianity
C. Buddhism
D. Jainism

47. Lord Bahubali’s statue named Gomateswara statue is situated on the _____ which is part of a sacred city of the Jains.
A. Satpura mountains
B. Vindhyachal mountains
C. Eastern Ghats
D. Indragiri hills

48. Buddha was born at:
A. Pataliputra
B. Ujain
C. Rajgriha
D. Lumbini

49. Which State is called the Cradle of Budhism?
A. Sikkim
B. Bihar

50. Gautam Budha first preached his sermon at:
A. Lumbini
B. Prayag
C. Sarnath
D. Gaya