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The Mauryan Empire MCQ Questions and Answers

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#1. Which one of the following statements about Chandragupta II is not correct ?

#2. Ashvaghosha, who has written the marvelous work “Buddhacharita” was a court poet of which among the following kings?

#3. Which of the following language not used in Ashoka’s Edicts?

#4. Which of the following dynasties had a role in the construction and maintenance of the Sanchi Stupa?

#5. From which of the following months did the Mauryan fiscal year use to begin?

#6. The most striking example of the architectural closeness between Achaemenid Iran and Mauryan India was:

#7. The reign of the Kushana monarch Kanishka was a turning point in the history of Buddhism, because:

#8. At which among the following places, Chandragupta Maurya spent his last days ?

#9. Which of the following is known as the Turning of the Wheel of Law (Dharma- Chakrapravartana)?

#10. Kumara Gupta I was succeded by

#11. For the first time in Indian History, the description of the State Administration was found for which among the following periods?

#12. What was the function of Samaharta in Mauryan Administration?

#13. Which of the following is not one of the common points of significance of both Rajagriha and Vaishali?

#14. Which among the following was the first investigated pillar of Ashkoa?

#15. Which of the following metals were mostly used for minting coins during the Mauryan period?

#16. Pushyamitra Shunga, who was originally a Senapati of the Mauryan empire and assassinated the last Mauryan Emperor Brihadrath in 185 BC was a ____.

#17. There is only one edict, in which Ashoka refers himself as King of Magadha (Laja Magadhe.) Identify the edict from the following:

#18. Ceylon became a stronghold of which among the following branches of Buddhism?

#19. Who among the following kings was a contemporary of both Mahavira and Buddha ?

#20. The governor under Chandragupta Maurya who constructed the Sudarshana Lake is?

#21. The followers of which of the following sects worshipped the Ashoka Tree as God and carried in their hands a bunch of peacock feathers?

#22. The majority of the Buddhist vases in India are found in Western Maharashtra because:

#23. The Allahabad Pillar inscription is associated with which one of the following?

#24. Which one of the following is the correct chronological order of the given rulers of ancient India?

#25. After the Kalinga war, Ashoka

#26. Which of the following was not a state monopoly during the Mauryan period?

#27. One of the following Mauryan provinces, which had a foreign (Yavana-Greek) Governor, was:

#28. Which of the following was not one of the checks on the powers of the Mauryan kings?

#29. Ring wells are identified for the first time in?

#30. Which of the following books serves as a source for the Mauryan period?

#31. Who of the following officers were charged with superintendence of women?

#32. Who patronized the third Buddhist council held at Pataliputra?

#33. The Mauryan state had monopoly over which of the following sectors?

#34. Which of the following would be the most accurate description of the Mauryan monarchy under Ashoka?

#35. Which of the following pairs is correctly matched?

#36. The most informative source about Mauryan administration is?

#37. Which of the following public health measures was not punishable under the Mauryan public health laws?

#38. Which of the following statements about the officers designated as mahamattas in Mauryan adminstration is correct?

#39. Four major provinces of the Mauryan empire were the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern provinces, each under the vice-royalty of a prince or a member of the royal family. Which of the following provincial capitals of the Mauryan empire was the capital of the Northern province?

#40. Which of the following statements about the Mauryan kings is not correct?

#41. The lowest order in the social scale of Mauryan society was not a slave but the outcaste. Which of the following statements about the outcastes is not correct?

#42. Who of the following was not one of the later Mauryas who succeeded Ashoka?

#43. Which of the following supposed causes of decline and disintegration of the Mauryan Empire is the least likely?

#44. Which of the following was not one of the reasons for gradual weakening of the Mauryan finances?

#45. The officer of the Central Government, who was in-charge of collection of revenue, was:

#46. Pushyamitra Sunga, who killed the last Mauryan ruler Brihadratha and founded the Sunga dynasty, was a:

#47. Which of the following was a measure adopted by the later Mauryas to meet the needs of a depleted treasury?

#48. Which of the following statements about the Mauryan Council of Ministers (mantri-parishad) is not correct?

#49. Which of the following states of India did not form part of the Mauryan empire?

#50. How long did the entire Mauryan dynasty last according to the Puranas?

#51. On what basis is it held that on the east the province of Vanga (part of modern Bengal) formed part of the Mauryan empire?

#52. Which of the following was not one of Hellenic kings to whom diplomatic missions were sent by Ashoka?

#53. The Mauryan king who issued the Nagarjuni Hill Cave Inscriptions and assumed the royal title of Devanampriya was:The Mauryan king who issued the Nagarjuni Hill Cave Inscriptions and assumed the royal title of Devanampriya was:

#54. Towards health care, the most important measures taken by Ashoka was/were:

#55. The major contribution of the Third Buddhist Council convened by Ashoka was:

#56. Who of the following was the last of the Mauryas, assassinated by his commander-in-chief, Pushyamitra, the founder of the Shunga dynasty?

#57. In which of the following Major Rock Edicts does Ashoka introduce the institution of dhamma-mahamatta for the first time?

#58. Who of the following dedicated the caves in Nagarjuni Hills to the Ajivikas?

#59. According to which of the following sources is Ashoka said to have built the city of Srinagar?

#60. Which of the following statements about the conversion of Ashoka to Buddhism is generally believed to be correct?

#61. Which of the following was not one of the reasons why the conquest of Kalinga was of strategic and economic importance to the Mauryan empire?

#62. Which of the following was not the result of the Kalinga War?

#63. According to which of the following sources, did Ashoka in his old age abdicate the throne in favour of his grandson Samprati?

#64. Which of the following is not one of the sources for determining the geographical extent of the Mauryan empire during the reign of Ashoka?

#65. Which of the following was the contribution of the Mauryas to the Tamil culture?

#66. Which one among the following statements about Ashokan edicts is correct?

#67. Which of the following statements about the Mauryan relations with Sri Lanka is not correct?

#68. Which of the following was not one of the reasons for the failure of dhamma?

#69. Rock Edict XIII (also known as Separate Rock Edict, because it is not found elsewhere) is regarded as one of the most important documents of Ashokan history, because:

#70. Which edict of Ashoka contains the famous pronouncement: “at all times, whether I am eating, or I am in the women’s apartments, or in my inner apartments, or at the cattleshed, or in my carriage, or in my gardens—wherever I may be—my mahamatta should keep me in touch with public business”?

#71. In spite of his conversion to Buddhism and the concept of dhamma-vijaya, Ashoka was not a total pacifist. Which of the following does not confirm this view?

#72. Which of the following was not one of the contributions of Ashoka to India polity and culture?

#73. What was the subject of Rock Edict I issued by Ashoka?

#74. The dhamma mahamattas (dharma mahamatras) appointed by Ashoka were entrusted with the job of:

#75. Which of the following edicts/inscriptions does not belong to the category directed to the sangha?

#76. Ashoka himself considered his policy of dhamma as:

#77. In social matters Ashoka’s most revolutionary concept was:

#78. One of the strongest arguments in support of the view that Ashoka’s dhamma was not a religious policy but a secular concept is the:

#79. To promote communal harmony Ashoka asked the people:

#80. List-I List-II

#81. The edicts of Ashoka which reveal his inner sorrow on account of war and violence are:

#82. Which of the following is not one of the broad categories into which the edicts issued by Ashoka can be divided?

#83. List-I List-II

#84. Information in respect of which of the following cannot be obtained from the edicts and inscriptions of Ashoka?

#85. Which of the following steps was not taken by Ashoka to promote and patronise Buddhism?

#86. List-I List-II

#87. The following questions consist of two statements, Statement I and Statement II. You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these questions using the codes given below Codes

#88. The family member of Ashoka mentioned in his edicts, is:

#89. Consider the following statements

#90. Which one is the correct chronological order in which the given rulers ruled over Magadha?

#91. Which among the following materials were used for minting coins during the rule of the Mauryas?

#92. Who among the following performed Asvamedha sacrifice?

#93. List-I List-II

#94. Which of the following administrative measures was not undertaken by Ashoka?

#95. What were the impacts of Kautilya’s Arthashastra in Mauryan empire ?

#96. The Dhamma propagated by Ashoka was

#97. What is the most significant difference in the message of the pillar Edicts as compared to the Rock Edicts?

#98. In which of the following respect do the Ashokan epigraphs not help us to draw historical inferences?

#99. Which one among the following statements is not correct?

#100. Which of the following contains the pronouncement: “All men are my children”?

#101. Who of the following was a contemporary of Alexander, the Great?

#102. With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements:

#103. In which of the following edicts/inscriptions does Ashoka express his faith in the Buddhist creed?

#104. Consider the following with reference to the disintegration and decline of the Mauryan Empire:

#105. The head of a district (Ahara), the principal coordinator of the revenue and the officer incharge of general and military functions in his jurisdiction during Mauryan empire was known as

#106. Consider the following statements regarding Ashoka’s Dhamma is not correct ?

#107. Ashokan inscriptions of Mansehra and Shahbazgadhi are written in

#108. The Kushana kings assured title of Devaputra Kushana Kanishka’s predecessors also were assuming titles like Sarvaloka Isvara Mahisvara. This shows that Kushana Kings–

#109. The first Indian ruler to be shown in images as wearing a dress akin to trousers is

#110. Which of the following statements is not true with reference to the production of commercial goods in the post Mauryan period?

#111. The only inscribed stone portrait of Emperor Ashoka has been found at

#112. Arrange the following dynasties in chronological order in terms of their arrival in India

#113. Which one of the following dynasties was associated with Gandhara School of Art ?

#114. List-I List-II

#115. List-I List-II

#116. Which one of the following is the correct chronological order of the given rulers of ancient India?

#117. The highly polished monolithic Ashokan Pillars were carved out of single pieces of a buff-coloured sandstone, usually mined from the quarries of

#118. In which of the following edicts did Ashoka order that “whosoever monk or nun breaks up the Sangha, after being clothed in white garments, shall take up abode in a place other than a monastery”?

#119. Which one of the following chronological orders of the given dynasties of India is correct ?

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