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1.         In ancient India ‘Som Ras’ was first used by:
Ans.  Aryans    .

2.         What does the word ‘Veda’ means?
Ans. Knowledge         

3..        Name the famous poet who wrote Harsha Charita and adored the court of Harsha Vardhana …….
Ans. Bana Bhatt         

4.         Who built the famous Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa ?
            Ans.  Raja Narsing Dev.-I      

5.         Which of the following period is known as Golden period in ancient Indian history?
Ans.Gupta period         

6.         Which of the following gods are included in the ‘Trimurti ‘traditionally worshipped in India?
Ans. Brahma,   Vishnu and  Mahesh

7.         Pallavas were the rulers of which State?
Ans. Kanchi   

8..        Angkor Vat, a Vishnu Temple is in which country?
Ans.  Cambodia          

9.         Which hymn of Rigveda speaks of agriculture?
Ans. 57th hymn of book-IV of Rigveda
10        Who provides us with a clear account of early days of Chandragupta Maurya?
            Ans. . Diodorus           and Curtors
11.       In which inscription did Ashoka call himself as ‘Maharaja Kumar?
Ans. Pangoria inscription
12.       What was ‘Mleecha Bhoja’ in Chola period?
Ans.  Wheat

13. .           The Tamil name of Vishnu is
Ans. Tirumal

14. .           Which one of the following Tamil poets makes a mention of the Nandas and Mauryas?
Ans.  Mamulnar

15.             Which of the following Sangam age towns was famous for its pearls and muslin?
Ans. Arikamedu               

16  .           Who was the patron of the Sangam poet Kapilar?
Ans.  Pari

17.             ‘Tolkappiam’ of the second Sangam deals with
Ans.   Grammar

18.       Primitive man first learnt
Ans. to make fire         .

19.       What made possible the transition from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic age?
Ans.  growing grain

20.  What helped the Harappan Civilisation achieve  greater advancement than Sumer, Elam etc?  
Ans.  Town planning.


21.       List I                                                                List II
I.          Basarh                                                             A.  Single Lion
II.        Sankisa                                                                        B. Single Elephant
III.       Sanchi                                                              C.  Four Lions
IV.       Ram Purva II                                                   D. Single Bull

22.       List I                                                                List II
I.          Harappa                                                           A. Coffin Burial
II.        Lothal                                                              B. Doubel Burial                    
III.       Kalibangan                                                      C.  Brick Chamber/Cist
IV.       Surkotda                                                          D.  Pot Burial

23.       List I (Buddhist Council)                                             List II  (Places)
I.          First Council                                                    A. Satparni Cave
II.        Second Council                                               B. Vaishali 
III.       Third Council                                                  C.  Pataliputra 
IV.       Fourth Council                                                            D. Kundalayana

24.       List I                                                                List II
                                                 (in the matter of History of Tamil Nadu)
I.          Mandalam                                                        A. Kingdom
II.        Nadu                                                               B. Province
III.       Oors                                                                C. Towns
IV.       Sirur                                                                 D. Village

25.       List I                                                                List II
                                            (in the matter of History of Tamil Nadu)
I.          Alvars                                                              A. Nalayiram
II.        Nayanars                                                         B. Tirumurai
III.       Sekkilar                                                           C. Periya Puranam
IV.       Meykandar                                                       D. Siva Gnana Bodam
V.        Pugalendi                                                         E. Nalavenba

26.       List I    (Eras)                                                  List II(reckoned from)
I.          Vikram Era                                                      A. 58 B C.
II.        Saka Era                                                          B.  73 A.D. .
III.       Gupta Era                                                       C.  320 A.D.
IV.       Kali Era                                                           D. 2102 B C.
27.       List I                                                                List II
I.          Second Sangam                                               A. Silapadikaram 
II.        Third Sangam                                                  B. Tolkappiyam
III.       First Buddhist Council                                                C. Tripitika
IV.       Third Buddhist Council                                   D. Abhidhamma Pitak
28.       List I                                                                List II
I.          Visakhadatta                                                   A. Drama
II.        Varahamihira                                                   B. Astronomy
III.       Charaka                                                           C. Medicine
IV.       Brahmagupta                                                   D. Mathematics

29.       List I                                                                List II
I.          Varahamihira                                                   A. Brhat-Samhita 
II.        Visakhadatta                                                   B.Devi Chandraguptam
III.       Sudraka                                                           C. Mrichchakatikam
IV.       Bilhana                                                                        D.  Vikramankadevacharita

30.       List I                                                                List II
I.          Gupta                                                              A. Deogarh 
II.        Chandella                                                        B. Khajuraho
III.       Chalukya                                                         C. Badami
IV.       Pallava                                                             D. Panamalai
31.       List I                                                                List II
I.          Gandharva Vivaha                                          A. Marriage by capture
II.        Rakshasa Vivaha                                             B. The bridegroom has to pay the
                                                                                                   bride price
III.       Paisacha Vivaha                                              C. Marriage in the state of sleep,
                                                                                         intoxication  or carelessness
IV.       Asura Vivaha                                                   D. Marriage through mutual love

32.       List I                                                    List II
I.          Mohenjodaro                                       A. This place seem to have been an outpost
                                                                              for sea trade with contemporary
                                                                               West Asian societies.
II.        Kalibangan                                          B. In terms of its size and variety of objects
                                                                              discovered, it ranks as the premier
                                                                               city of Harappan civilization.
III.       Harappa                                               C. This settlement was located along the
                                                                              has yielded evidence for the existence of
                                                                              dried-up-bed of the river Ghaggar and     
                                                                               has yielded evidence for the existence of
                                                                               Pre-Harappan and Harappan habilitation.
IV.       Lothal                                                  D.  Excavations begun at this site in 1912
show  that people lived here for a very                                                                long time  and went on building and rebuilding  houses at the same location so that the height of the remains of the building and the debris is above 20 metres.

33.       List I (texts)                                         List II (Statements)
I.          Atharva Veda                                      A. Contains sacrificial formulae in prose and
II.        Rig Veda                                              B. mainly contains magical spells and charms
III.       Sam Veda                                            C. collection of verses from the Rig Veda
                                                                                    for public worship
IV.       Yajur  Veda                                         D. a collection of 1028 hymns, mostly prayers
                                                                                    to the Gods for use at sacrifices.

34.       Who assumed the title ‘ Dear to God’
Ans. Ashoka

35.       Saka Era in 78 AD was started by
Ans.  Kanishka

36.       Kanishka patronaged which religion
Ans. Mahayan form of Buddhism

37.       Name the bird King famous for his rescue attempt of Sita.
            Ans. Jatayu     

38.       On what basis The date of Harappan Civilisation (2300 – 1750 BC) has been fixed ?:
Ans.  Radio Carbon  dating
39.       Name the cereals  grown by the people of Harappan Civilisation ?:
Ans.  Wheat, Rice, Millet       
40.       Which of the following metals was not known to the Indus valley people?
Ans.  Iron
41.       At which of the following Harappan sites has a supposed dockyard been found?
Ans. Lothal
42.       Which of the following Vedas was compiled first?
Ans.  Rigveda 
43.       Which were the later Vedic Age  compilation ?
Ans. Samhitas,  Brahmanas,  Aranyakas                     
44.       Division of the Vedic Society into four classes is clearly mentioned in which ancient work?
Ans. Purusa- sukta of  Rigveda 
45.       Name the two popular Assemblies of the Vedic period ?
Ans.  Sabha and Samiti
46.       Vaishnavism, a later development of Bhagavatism, advocates the worship of which God?
Ans.  Vishnu and his incarnations      
47        Name the founder of Jainism ?:
Ans. Parsvanatha        
48.       What are the ‘Three Jewels’ (Tri-ratnas) of Jainism ?
Ans.  Right faith or intentions, right knowledge and right conduct.   
49.       In Jainism the aim of life is to attain Nirvana or Moksha  which way has been suggested?
Ans  one has to  follow three jewels and five vows    

50.       The name Buddha means:

Ans.  enlightened         

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