CTET Paper 2 Social Science Important Practice Questions Part 9

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1. Which of the following statements about ‘Prashastis’ is an ‘incorrect’ statement?

(1) The achievements of rulers or kings are described in ‘Prashastis’

(2) They were written by scholars/poets/learned people for the purpose of praising the kings and earning their patronage

(3) Usually the kings themselves wrote them

(4) They are valuable sources of history of the period to which they belong

2. The battle which is the story of Mahabharata probably took place around the year.

(1) 100 BCE

(2) 1000 BCE

(3) 2000 BCE

(4) 100 CE

3. Why would the ordinary people not be able to read and understand the ‘Prashastis’ ?

(1) They were written in Sanskrit, the language of the scholars

(2) ‘Prashastis’ were not made available to the ordinary people

(3) The ordinary people were not literate, as there were no schools at that time

(4) None of the above

4. Evaluate which of the following statements are true or false and select the correct alternative accordingly?

A. Harisena composed a ‘Prashasti’ in praise of Gautamiputra Satakarni.

B. The rulers of Aryavarta brought tribute for Samdragupta.

C. Aihole was the capital of the Pallavas.

D. Local Assemblies (Sabhas) functioned for several centuries in South India.

Evaluate Which of the Following Statements Are True or False and Select the Correct Alternative Accordingly?

5. Which Chinese scholar wrote a detailed account of Harshvardhana՚s court?

(1) Faxian

(2) Xuanzang

(3) Yijing

(4) All of them

6. What were the important features of the armies of the Pallavas and Chalukyas?

(1) Military leaders, known as Samantas, provided the troons and equipment to the kings

(2) These Samantas received grants of land from the kings

(3) They maintained the soldiers and equipment from the land revenue obtained from that land

(4) All of the above

7. The genealogy of a king would not mention which of the following persons in his immediate family?

(1) Mother

(2) Grandfather

(3) Son and daughter

(4) Father

8. Which of the following famous scholars, scientists or poets were not at Samudragupta՚s court?

(1) Surdasa

(2) Kalidasa

(3) Aryabhatta

(4) Harisena

9. The first rulers of India to issue gold coins were

(1) the Shindo-Greeks

(2) the Kushanas

(3) the Sungas

(4) the Guptas

10. The Kushanas belonged to the nomads of

(1) South India

(2) South East Asia

(3) Central Asia

(4) Europe

11. The Mathura school of art flourished during the reign of

(1) Kanishka

(2) Ashoka

(3) Harshavardhana

(4) None of these

12. During the Gupta period, which of the following regarding women is not true?

(1) Only selected women were permitted to study the Vedas

(2) Early marriage of girls was very common

(3) Widow re-marriage was accepted

(4) Women could learn music and dance

13. Who was the founder of the Mauryan Dynasty?

(1) Bindusara

(2) Samudragupta

(3) Ashoka

(4) Chandgragupta

14. The rulers of which area (twelve in number) were defeated by Samudragupta and be allowed them to rule again?

(1) Dakshinapatha

(2) Aryavarta

(3) Gana Sanghas of the North West

(4) Sri Lanka

15. Which of the following group of cities were important centres of the Gupta rulers?

(1) Ujjain, Taxila and Indraprastha

(2) Prayaga, Pataliputra and Ujjain

(3) Mathura, Amaravati, and Kanchipuram

(4) None of the above

16. Which two kingdoms were united when Harsha ascended the throne?

(1) Magadha and Bengal

(2) Kannauj and Deccan

(3) Kannauj and Kanchipuram

(4) Thanesar and Kannauj

17. During the reign of the Pallavas and Chalukyas in South India, which of the following was followed in administering the regions?

(1) One person could hold only one office

(2) The sons succeeded their fathers to many posts, e. g. , a Chief Judicial officer

(3) Local important men had no say in the administration

(4) All of the above

18. What was the major achievement of Pulakeshin II, the famour Chalukya ruler?

(1) He checked the advance of Harshavardhana across the Narmada

(2) Pulakeshin II attacked and defeated the Pallav king

(3) He led expeditious along the East and West coast of India

(4) All of the above

19. In the reign of the Pallavas, the assembly of Brahmin land owners was known as

(1) Negaram

(2) Ur

(3) Sabha

(4) None of these

20. In Kalidasa՚s famous play ‘Abhijana Shakuntalam’ , what was the name of the king?

(1) Dushyanta

(2) Abhijana

(3) Shakuntalam

(4) None of these

21. What did the Chinese pilgrim Faxian write about how an untouchable would inform his presence while visiting a market place?

(1) He would call out that he is an untouchable

(2) He would go everywhere singing a particular song to be sung only by untouchables

(3) He would strike a piece of wood, which would make a sound which people understood

(4) None of the above

22. According to Banabhatta, what else did the king՚s army carry besides their arms and ammunition, when they moved?

(1) Their families

(2) Their jewellery and precious stones

(3) Their identification documents

(4) Items of daily use as well as food items

23. When the king and his army moved past a village, why did the villagers try to meet the king?

(1) They wanted to honour the king

(2) So that they could place their complaints and petitions before him

(3) They wanted the king to bless their children

(4) None of the above

24. How was Islam, introduced by Prophet Muhammad, like Christianity?

(1) They both stressed the equality and unity of all before the supreme God

(2) They both agreed that God came down to Earth periodically in the form of avatars

(3) They agreed that prayer and nothing else will give them the right to reach heaven

(4) All of the above

25. What was the method by which Islam spread quickly to other parts of the world?

(1) Muhammad travelled by sea and land to other parts of the world to spread his religion

(2) People from other lands who came to Arabia went back with information about the religion

(3) Arab sailors and merchants who were travelling to North Africa, Spain, Iran, and India brought the religion with them

(4) All of the above

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