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Sources of Ancient Indian History MCQ Questions and Answers

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#1. Consider the following statements relating to Jain literature : 1. The sacred books of the Jainas are known as Siddhanta or Agama. 2. The language of the earliest Jain texts is eastern dialect of Pali known as Ardha Magadhi. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

#2. Who wrote a book ‘Return of the Aryans’ ?

#3. Which of the following does the Puranas contain?

#4. Robert Bruce foote, who discovered first palacothic tool in India, was originally a:

#5. The Third Tamil Sangam was held at

#6. Which of the following statements is/ are correct? 1. Early Buddhist literature is generally composed of the canonical text. 2. The Buddhist schools classify their canonical literature as only the Pitakas. Select the correct answer using. the code given below:

#7. Which one of the following is not a part of early Jains literature?

#8. The earliest evidence of Silk in India comes from the archaeological site of

#9. The objects like pottery, tools and ornaments that humans made in the past are called

#10. Which of the following Brahmana texts belongs to Atharvaveda?

#11. The earliest Buddhist literature which deal with the stories of the various birth of Buddha are:

#12. The earliest inscriptions were written in which language?

#13. The ancient Indian play Mudrarakshasa of Visakhadutt has its subject on:

#14. The famous Vedic saying, “War begins in the minds of men”, is stated in the :

#15. Who among the following teachers were visited by Siddhartha Gautama in the quest of knowledge before his enlightment? 1. Alara Kalama 2. Udraka Ramaputra 3. Makkhali Gosala 4. Nigantha Nataputta Indicate your answer from the codes given below: Codes:

#16. The Sangam text Tolkappiyam is a work on:

#17. Which of the following pairs indicating the contents of the sacred Buddhist Pitakas is not correctly matched?

#18. Mrichchhakatikam, written by Shudraka deals with 1. The love affair of a rich merchant with the daughter of a courtesan. 2. The military expedition of Samudragupta. Which of the above is correct?

#19. From among the following, which pair is not matched?

#20. Most of the Upanishads seem to have been composed by whom?

#21. The expounder of Yoga philosophy was :

#22. List-I List-II (Author) (Work) A. Sudraka 1. Mrichhakatikan B. Visakhadatta 2. Mudrarakshasa C. Kalidasa 3. Vikramorvasiyam D. Bhavabhuti 4. Uttara Ramacharita Codes: A B C D

#23. List-I List-II A. Tirukkural 1. Ilangoadigal B. Shilpadikaram 2. Sattanar C. Manimakhlai 3. Tolkappiyar D. Tolkappiyam 4. Tiruvalluvar Codes: A B C D

#24. Who among the following is known to have regulated the course of Vitasta in Kashmir by his engineering operations?

#25. Consider the following statements : 1. Historians use the word source to refer to the information found from manuscripts, inscriptions and archaeology. 2. Ramayana and Mahabharata are also important source of ancient Indian history. Which of the above is / are correct?

#26. An upper Palaeolithic Mother Goddess made of bone has been obtained from

#27. Consider the following statements: Al-Beruni’s Kitab-ul-Hind is 1. A sympathic study of Indian civilization. 2. Mainly a political history of India. 3. Critical of Mahmud Ghaznavi’ s plundering raids of India. 4. Mainly a study of India’s cultural, social and intellectual history. Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

#28. List-I List-II A. Time taken by the 1. Aryabhatta Earth to orbit the sun B. Calculation of the 2. Bhaskaracharya value of π (pi) C. Invention of the digit 3. Budhayana Zero D. The game of snakes 4. Gyanadev & ladders Codes: A B C D

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

#30. With reference to the Jambudvipa, consider the statements 1. Bharatvarsha was also called Jambudvipa. 2. Early Buddhist evidence suggests that Jambudvipa was a territorial designation from the third century BC. Which of the above is / are correct?

#31. List-I List-II A. Abhidhamma 1. Matters of doctrine Pitaka and ethics B. Sutta Pitaka 2. Rules of monk order C. Vinaya Pitaka 3. Members of great community D. Mahasanghika 4. Matters of psychology and metaphysics Codes: A B C D

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