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Friday, June 15, 2012

Important Questions for Civil Services History Prelims (History Quiz - 2)

1. The term ‘Apabhramsa’ were used in medieval Sanskrit texts to denote
[A]Outcastes among the Rajputs
[B]Deviations from vedic rituals
[C]Early form of some modern Indian language
[D]Non Sanskrit verse metres


2. Which one of the following text of ancient India allows divorce to wife estranged by her husband?
[A]Kamasutra
[B]Manavadharmashastra
[C]Sukra Nitisara
[D]Arthashastra


3. Match list I and II and find the correct answer using codes:
List I
[A]A4, B3, C1, D2
[B]A4, B2, C3, D1
[C]A2, B3, C4, D1
[D]A3, B4, C1, D2


4. Which of the following statements regarding Ashoka stone pillar is incorrect?
[A]These are highly polished
[B]These are monolithic
[C]The shaft of pillars is tapering in shape
[D]These are parts of architectural structures


5. Which one of the following scripts of ancient India was written from right to left?
[A]Brahmi
[B]Nandagiri
[C]Sharada
[D]Kharoshti


6. The famous dialogue between Nachiketa and Yama is mentioned in the:
[A]Chhandogyopanishad
[B]Mundakopanishad
[C]Kathopanishad
[D]Kenopanishad


7. Milindapanho is dialogue between king Meanander and Buddhist Monk:
[A]Nagasena
[B]Nagarjuna
[C]Nagabhatta
[D]Kumarilabhatta


8. Which one of the following edicts mentions the personal name of Asoka?
[A]Kalsi
[B]Rummindei
[C]Special Kalinga Edict
[D]Maski


9. In the Mahayana Buddhism, the Bodhisatya Avalokiteshwar was also known as:
[A]Vajrapani
[B]Manjusri
[C]Padmapani
[D]Maitreya


10. The silver coins issued by the Guptas were called:
[A]Rupaka
[B]Karshapana
[C]Dinara
[D]Pana


11. Which of the following was the corporation of merchants in ancient India?
[A]Chaturvedimangalam
[B]Parishad
[C]Ashtadikgaja
[D]Manigrama


12. The Badami rock INSCRIPTION OF Pulakesin I is dated in the Saka year 465 if same is to be dated in Vikram samvat, the year would be:
[A]601
[B]300
[C]330
[D]407


13. Many of the Greeks, Kushanas Shakas embraced Buddhism instead of Hinduism because:
[A]Buddhism was in ascendant at that time
[B]They had renounced the policy of war and violence
[C]Caste ridden Hinduism didn’t attract them
[D]Buddhism provide easier access to Indian society


14. The Asokan major rock Edicts which tell us about the Sangam Kingdom include rock edict:
[A]I & II
[B]I & XI
[C]II & III
[D]II & XIV


15. Which of the following pairs are correctly matched?
Mrichchakatikam- shudraka
Buddhacharita- Vasuvandhu
Mudrarakshasha- Vishakadatta
Harshacharita- Banabhatta
Select the correct answer using the code
[A]1, 2, 3 & 4
[B]1, 3 & 4
[C]1 & 4
[D]2&3


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