Ancient Indian History Quiz Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

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31. In 1837, James Princep deciphered an Inscription in Brahmi script referring to a king called ‘Devanampiya Piyadassi’. The celebrated monarch known by this epithet was :

[A] Ashoka
[B] Akbar
[C] Kanishka
[D] Chandragupta Vikramaditya

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32. Which of the following statements with respect to the Alvar saints is / are correct?

  1. Alvar saints is a group of twelve a group of 12 saints dedicated to Lord Shiva
  2. The Alvar saints wandered from temple to temple singing ecstatic hymns
  3. There was no female Alvar saint
  4. Nalayira Prabandham is the name of collection of Alvar hymns

Select the correct option from the codes given below:

[A] Only 2, 3 & 4
[B] Only 1, 2 & 3
[C] Only 2 & 4
[D] 1, 2, 3 & 4

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33. Which among the following schools of Hindu Philosophy is anti-ascetic and anti-mysticist ?

[A] Nyaya
[B] Vaisheshika
[C] Mimansa
[D] Samkhya

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34. With reference to the scripts used in the inscriptions of Asoka, which of the following is / are correct statements?

  1. Brahmi was the most commonly used script in the inscriptions of the emperor Ashoka
  2. The Kharosthi script was used exclusively in the north-western part of Ashoka’s empire

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

[A] Only 1
[B] Only 2
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2

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35. Which among the following Upanishads has been called the “Secret of Death”?

[A] Kathopnishad
[B] Mundakopnishad
[C] Mandukya
[D] Mundaka

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36. Consider the following statements:
1. The Maurya Era is known for triumph of monarchy and collapse of republics / oligarchies in India
2. Kautilya was most ardent advocate of royal absolutism during Maurya era
Which among the above is / are correct statements?

[A] Only 1
[B] Only 2
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2

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37. Consider the following pairs of Indus Valley sites with their excavations and findings:

  1. Surkotada – The only Harappan site to contain horse remains
  2. Mehrgarh – Earliest agricultural community
  3. Malwan – Southernmost Harappan site

Which of the above is/are correct?

[A] 1 & 2 Only
[B] 3 Only
[C] 2 & 3 Only
[D] 1, 2 & 3

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38. Copper Rhinoceros Sculpture was found at which of the following Indus Valley sites?

[A] Daimabad
[B] Kalibangan
[C] Lothal
[D] Mohenjo-daro

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39. Consider the following pairs:

  1. Sutta Pitaka – contains essence of the Buddha’s teaching regarding the Dhamma
  2. Vinaya Pitaka – monastic rules for monks and nuns
  3. Abhidhamma Pitaka – Sermons and sayings of Buddha

    Which of the above is/are correct?

[A] 1 & 2 Only
[B] 3 Only
[C] 2 & 3 Only
[D] 1, 2 & 3

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40. Consider the following statements about Jainism:

  1. It rejected god as the creator of the Universe
  2. It denies the authority of Vedas
  3. It accepted the doctrines of karma and rebirth

   Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 & 2 Only
[B] 3 Only
[C] 2 & 3 Only
[D] 1, 2 & 3

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