Ancient Indian History MCQ Questions with Answer
Q1. The Social System of the Harappans was:
(a) Fairly egalitarian
(b) Slave-Labour based
(c) Colour Varna based
Q2. Which one of the following temples figured in the news regarding the institution of the Devadasi?
(a) Jagannath Temple, Puri
(b) Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu
(c) KandariyaMahadev temple, Khajuraho
(d) Chausath Yogini temple, Bhedaghat
Q3. The river most mentioned in early Vedic literature is:
Q4. From which of the following regions, the remains of Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic cultures have been found in a sequence?
(a) Kashmir valley
(b) Krishna valley
(c) Belan valley
(d) Godavari valley
Q5. Vaishakha Poornima has a great significance because it was on this day-
(a) Buddha was born
(b) Buddha got enlightened
(c) Buddha died
(d) All of the above
Q6. The Indo-Laws Kingdom set up in northern Afghanistan at the beginning of the second century B.C. was:
Q7. A story of Sunahsesha, in which his father Ajigarta is stated to have sold him to Harishchandra, occurs in:
(a) Aitareya Brahmana
(b) Gopatha Brahmana
(c) Svetasvatara Upnishad
(d) Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Q8. Which of the following could be the most accurate description of the Mauryan monarchy under Ashoka?
(a) Enlightened despotism
(b) Centralized autocracy
(c) Oriental despotism
(d) Guided democracy
Q9. Where is the Brihadeshwar temple, built during the Chola period, located?
Q10. Assertion (A): The Aham and Puram poems of the PadinenKilukanakku group formed a continuation of the Sangam composition.
Reason (R): They were included under the post-Sangam works as against the Sangam works proper.
(a) Both A and R are true but R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true
Q11. At which place, did Gautam Buddha give his first sermon?
Q12. In India, Ancient Iron Age is attached with-
(a) Gray pottery
(b) Black and Red Pottery
(c) Ocher Colored Pottery
(d) Northern Black Polish Pottery
Q13. Between which of the following was the ancient town of Takshasila located?
(a) Indus and Jhelum
(b) Jhelum and Chenab
(c) Chenab and Ravi
(d) Ravi and Beas
Q14. Who among the following was the first grammarian of the Sanskrit language?
Q15. Why did Buddhism start declining in India in the early medieval times?
- Buddha was by that time considered as one of the incarnations of Vishnu and thus became a part of Vaishnavism.
- Invading tribes from Central Asia till the time of last Gupta king adopted Hinduism and persecuted Buddhists.
- Kings of the Gupta dynasty were strongly opposed to Buddhism.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
Q16. The Jain philosophy holds that the world is created and maintained by
(a) Universal Law
(b) Universal Truth
(c) Universal Faith
(d) Universal Soul
Q17. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer from the codes given below:
|A. Chandragupta Maurya||1. Amitrochates|
|B. Bindusar||2. Sandrocottus|
|C. Ashok||3. Devanampriya|
|D. Dasharatha||4. Buddha Shakya|
Codes: A B C D
(a) 1 2 3 4
(b) 2 1 4 3
(c) 3 4 2 1
(d) 3 4 1 2
Q18. In the context of the cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called ‘Tribhanga’ has been a favourite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose?
(a) One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at the waist and neck
(b) Facial expressions, hand gestures, and make-up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters
(c) Movements of body, face, and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
(d) A little smile, a slightly curved waist, and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or eroticism.
Q19. Who wrote ‘Nyaya Sutra’?
Q20. Match the following :
|A. Amatyas||1. Concerned with economic function and some military duties|
|B. Tirthas||2. Highest category of official and were eighteen in numbers|
|C. Adhyakshya||3. Functioned in administration and judicial capacity|
|D. Mahamattas||4. The Arthasastra uses this term in the sense of a minister|
Codes: A B C D
(a) 2 3 4 1
(b) 3 2 4 1
(c) 1 2 3 4
(d) 2 1 4 3
Q21. The Buddhist monk who spread Buddhism in Tibet was-
Q22. With reference to the art and archaeological history of India, which one among the following was made earliest?
(a) Lingaraja Temple at Bhubneshwar
(b) Rock-cut Elephant at Dhauli
(c) Rock-cut Monuments at Mahabalipuram
(d) varaha Image at Udayagiri
Q23. With reference to the art and archaeological history of India, which one among the following was made earliest?
(a) Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar
(b) Rock-cut Elephant at Dhauli
(c) Rock-cut monuments at Mahabalipuram
(d) Varaha image at Udaigiri
Q24. With reference to ancient Jainism, which one of the following statements is correct?
(a) Jainism was spread in South India under the leadership of Sthalabahu.
(b) The Jainas who remained under the leadership of Bhadrabahu was called Shvetambaras after the council held at Pataliputra.
(c) Jainism enjoyed the patronage of the Kalinga king Kharaavela in the first century BC.
(d) In the initial stage of Jainism, the Jainasworshipped images, unlike the Buddhists.
Q25. The words “Satyameva Jayate” in the State Emblem of India were taken from-
(b) Sama Veda
(c) Rig Veda