DPPH-12 February (Ancient India)

Objective Questions:

1. Diversity of subsistence base of Harappan people included:

i. Agriculture

ii. Animal husbandry

iii. Hunting and fishing

iv. Fishing and exploitation of riverine and marine resources

Correct statements are:

a. i and ii

b. i and iii

c. ii, iii and iv

d. All

2. Consider the following statements regarding the continuity of the Indus Civilization into later ages:

i. The beginning of the system of binary and decimal and other measurements and weights which were used by the Harappans have continued into later India

ii. The symbol like ”Swastik” which is religiously important now has not been found on the Harappan seals.

iii. Separate bathing areas and toilets have been found in many houses of the Harappan civilization. This can be seen in the countryside till now.

iv. Discovery of fire altars in many Harappan sites gives indication towards fire cult. Later fire came to occupy a very important position in Hindu way of worship.

Correct statements are:

a. All

b. i, ii and iii

c. i, iii and iv

d. i, ii and iv

3. Which of the following burial types have been found in Harrapan sites:

i. Extended burial

ii. Urn Burial

iii. Symbolic burial

iv. Fractional burial

Correct options are:

a. i, ii and iii

b. i, iii and iv

c. ii, iii and iv

d. All

4. Match the following:

LIST-I                       LIST-II

A. Dayaram Sahni    i. Lothal

B. R. D. Benerjee    ii Harappan

C. S. R. Rao              iii. Mohenjodaro

D. J. P. Joshi            iv. Dholavira

A  B  C  D

a. i  ii  iii  iv

b. ii  iii  iv  i

c. ii  i  iii  iv

d. ii iii  i  iv

5. The Harapan people knew the use of

a. Gold, silver, copper, bronze but not iron

b. Copper, iron, silver but not bronze

c. Silver, lead, Copper but not gold

d. Gold, tin, bronze but not copper

6. Which of the following is incorrect regarding water management and its conservation planning in the Harappan cities:

a. The main drains were uncovered.

b. In many sites, the drains for collecting rainwater were separate from the sewage chutes and pipes.

c. In the city of Mohenjodaro, most houses or house blocks had at least one private well.

d. In the city of Dholavira, several large, deep water cisterns and reservoirs have been found which preserved precious stores of rain water.

7. Which of the following statements are incorrect:

a. The script of the Harappan people consisted of A family of quasi – pictographic writings.

b. Archaeological excavations have revealed remains of stadium in Dholavira.

c. Funerary practices mentioned in Rig Veda are both cremation and burial.

d. Four fold Varna system is a feature of early Vedic Text.

8. Consider the following statements:

A. Satyamev Jayete is a Sanskrit phrase found in the Mundaka Upanishad

B. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase found in the Maha Upanishad.

a. Both A and B are correct

b. Only A is correct

c. Only B is correct

d. None is correct

9. The secular knowledge contained in the Puranas are:

i. The conception of time

ii. Political History

iii. Historical geography

iv Knowledge about astronomy, grammar, medicine, politics.

Choose the correct option:

a. ii and iv

b. i, ii and iv

c. ii, iii and iv

d. All

10. Rig Veda reflects a naturalistic polytheism which means:

i. A belief in many Gods who personified natural phenomenon.

ii. Worship of images of deities.

iii. Worship of many Gods in temples.

Correct statements are:

a. i and ii

b. Only i

c. ii and iii

d. i, ii and iii

11.The leisure pass times mentioned in the Vedic texts are:

a. Chariot racing

b. Dicing

c. Music and dancing

d. All

Mains Questions (For GS Mains and History Optional):

Q.1 Give an account of continuance of Harappan culture till now a days. (250 words)


Q.2 Examine the causes of the decline of Harappan Civilization. (250 words)

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  1. Sir please will u tell something about BULLET POINT ANSWER WRITING……does it affect marks ?? Mark to word proportion is 1:20. Should it be followed strictly ?

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