DPPH: 18 February

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Objective Questions (Ancient Indian Culture):

1. Lomas Rishi cave is in the Barabar Hills of Bihar. An inscription here proves that this was excavated for:

a. Buddhism

b. Lokayatana

c. Ajivika sect

d. Jainism

2. Ellora caves are ralated to:

i. Jainism

ii. Buddhism

iii. Brahmanism


a. i and ii

b. Only ii

c. ii and iii

d. All

3. Consider the following statements regarding Ajanta Caves:

i. They are entirely Buddhist

ii. Caves were only for Hinayana Buddhism

iii. Many caves were excavated during Guptas.

iv. Several Ajanta paintings are inspired from Jatakas, Buddhist stories.

Choose the correct statements:

a. All

b. All except i

c. All except ii

d. All except iii and iv

4. Sittanavasal is famous for:

A. Mural Painting

B. Buddhist Caves

Choose the correct option:

a. Only A is corrct

b. Only B is correct

c. Both A and B are correct

d. None is correct

5. Choose the correct statements:

i. A Chaitya is a Buddhist shrine or prayer hall generally with a stupa at one end

ii. A stupa is a mound like structure containing relics of Buddhist monks

iii. Vihara is a Buddhist monastery generally used for dwelling purposes.

iv. Ghatika is hospital used in ancient India


a. i, ii and iv

b. ii, iii and iv

c. i, ii and iii

d. All

6.  Which of the following is incorrect about the Charvaka School? 

a. It is an ancient school of Indian materialism.

b. It was also known as Lokayata.

c. It considered only goal of human to enjoy pleasured.

d. It favoured priestly domination in the religion.

7. Match the following:

      List-I                            List-II

A. Mrichchhakatika        i. Sudraka

B. Indika                           ii. Ashwaghosa

C. Buddhacharita            iii. Megasthenes

D. Gaha Sattasai             iv. Hala


      A  B  C  D

a.  i    iii  ii  iv

b. iv   ii   iii   i

c. ii    i    iv   i

d. iii   iv  i   ii

8. Consider the following statements:

i. Mathura was a famous school of sculpture in ancient India.

ii. Red sand stone was the main material used in Gandhara school of art.

iii. Gandhara school of art was influenced by Greek art

iv. Amaravati school of arts flourished dring Satavahanas and Ikshvakus.

v. White marble was used in the Amaravati school of art.

Which of the above is/are incorrect:

a. All

b. i and iii

c. ii

d. All except ii ad iv

9. Choose the incorrect statement:

a. Tribhanga body position is associated with Odissi dance.

b. Mohiniattam is influenced by Kathakali and Bharatnatyam.

c. Dancing occassionally speaking dialogues is found in Kuchipudi dance but not in Bharatnatyam.

d. Dancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of Kuchipudi.

10. Which of the following Indian art is not include in Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO?

a. Buddhist chanting of Laddakh

b. Ramlila, the traditional performance of Ramayana

c. The tradition of Vedic chanting

d. Bharatnattyam

Mains Questions (For General Studies and History Optional):

Q . Write an account on the position of women in the Rig Vedic society. (200 words)


Reference- II

Q. What were the democratic elements in the political system of the early Vedic period? Discuss.


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  1. QUESTION no 1
    ANS: The rig vedic society was a patriarchial society as can be corroborated from the hymn which demands for son. Also, the most of the natural forces which were personified were masculine with few female gods like Usha,

    1. The condition of women in these period was not very much inferior inspite of male dominance.
    2. The women were allowed to participate in the sacrifice and also in the various assemblies.
    3. Further they were allowed to marry at late ages than early marriages.
    4. Also, the women were allowed to do remarriages and levirates.

    Overall ,the women condition was much liberal in early vedic period. But they became inferior in later vedic period when rigidities increased in the society.


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