Tuesday, July 13, 2010

History: Political History- Ancient Period


History: Political History- Ancient Period




What was the rate of land revenue as given in the dharma shastras?
(a) 4-Jan
(b) 8-Jan
(c) 6-Jan
(d) 3-Jan


Answer: 6-Jan


During the Gupta period of Indianhistory, the village affairs were managed by the village headman with the assistance of
(a) Vishyapati
(b) Amatya
(c) Gopa
(d) Mahattara


Answer: Vishyapati


Who was the first king to conquer Malwa, Gujarat and Maharashtra ?
(a) Skandagupta
(b) Harshavardhana
(c) Samudragupta
(d) Chandragupta Maurya


Answer: Chandragupta Maurya


Name the great Hindu King who combined in himself the qualities of Samudragupta and Ashoka ?
(a) Harshavardhana
(b) Chandragupta II
(c) Kanishka
(d) Chandragupta I


Answer: Harshavardhana


Who among the following was a great ruler of Kalinga in ancient times ?
(a) Kharavela
(b) Mayurasarman
(c) Bindusara
(d) Ajatashatru


Answer: Bindusara


The great Hindu law -giver was
(a) Kautilya
(b) Manu
(c) Kapil
(d) Banabhatta


Answer: Manu


Which of the following is the correct chronological order ?
(a) Guptas - Kushans - Mauryas - Sungas
(b) Sungas - Mauryas - Guptas - Kushans
(c) Mauryas - Sungas - Kushans - Guptas
(d) Kushans - Guptas - Sungas - Mauryas


Answer: Mauryas - Sungas - Kushans - Guptas


Which of the following was an important port of the eastern coast during the Gupta period ?
(a) Kalyan
(b) Sopara
(c) Tamralipti
(d) Broach


Answer: Tamralipti


The Arab conquest of Sindh took place in
(a) 712 A.D.
(b) 1009 A.D.
(c) 740 A.D.
(d) 1001 A.D.


Answer: 712 A.D.


Sakas were finally overthrown by
(a) Chandragupta Vikramaditya
(b) Devapala
(c) Gautamiputra Satakarni
(d) Kanishka


Answer: Gautamiputra Satakarni


Which of the following was a republic in sixth century B.C.?
(a) Vrijian state
(b) None of these
(c) Magadha
(d) Avanti


Answer: Vrijian state


In the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., the most remarkable king of the Haryanka line was
(a) Bimbisara
(b) Sisunaga
(c) Udayi
(d) Ajatashatru


Answer: Bimbisara


The Arthashastra is not concerned with
(a) Administration of tests of loyalty to ministers.
(b) Appointment of superintending officers for industries.
(c) Appointment of superintending officers for agriculture
(d) Assignment of lands to officers for their services.


Answer: Assignment of lands to officers for their services.
The original name of the Kushanas was in
(a) Chinese Turkistan
(b) Arabia
(c) Persia
(d) Macedonia


Answer: Chinese Turkistan


Who among the following was not a Saka ruler?
(a) Nahapana
(b) Menander
(c) Rudradaman
(d) Sodassa


Answer: Menander


Maurya empire declined after Ashoka mainly because of
(a) Weak successors of Asoka
(b) Decentralisation of powers
(c) Ashoka's excessive patronage to Buddhism.
(d) The policy of ahimsa leading to military weakness.


Answer: Weak successors of Asoka


The most commonly used coin, during the Mauryan period, was
(a) Nishka
(b) Karashapana
(c) Suvarna
(d) Kakini


Answer: Karashapana


The first monarch of Magadh kingdom in the sixth century B.C. was
(a) Jarasandha
(b) Bimbisara
(c) Prasenajit
(d) Ajatashatru


Answer: Bimbisara


Chandragupta Maurya's empire extended in the north -west upto
(a) Indus
(b) Sutlej
(c) Hindukush
(d) Ravi


Answer: Hindukush


Chandragupta Maurya overthrew the power of Nandas at
(a) Taxila
(b) Sravana Belgola
(c) Ujjain
(d) Magadha


Answer: Magadha


The official religion during the rule of the Sunga dynasty was
(a) The Ajivika religion
(b) Brahmanism
(c) Buddhism
(d) Jainism


Answer: Brahmanism


The Huna leader Mihirgula was defeated by
(a) Rajyavardhana
(b) Buddhagupta
(c) Chandragupta
(d) Yashodharman


Answer: Yashodharman


Who amongst the rulers of southern India were the contemporaries of kings of the Gupta empire ?
(a) Rashtrakutas
(b) Cholas
(c) Vakatakas
(d) Satavahanas


Answer: Satavahanas


The name by which Ashoka is generally reffered to in his inscription is
(a) Dharmakirti
(b) Priyadarshi
(c) Dharmadeva
(d) Chakravarti


Answer: Priyadarshi


Hindu colonieswere founded in the south-east Asian countries mostly during the period of
(a) The Cholas
(b) The Mauryas
(c) The Guptas
(d) The Rajputs


Answer: The Mauryas


Before ascending the Mauraya throne, Ashoka served as a Viceroy of
(a) Taxila
(b) Kaushambi
(c) Tosali
(d) Patliputra


Answer: Taxila


After the Mauryas, the most important kingdom in Deccan and Central India was that of
(a) Vakatakas
(b) Satavahanas
(c) Pallavas
(d) Cholas


Answer: Satavahanas


The Kaulinya system was introduced in Bengal by
(a) Lakshmana Sena
(b) Vijaya Sena
(c) Hemanta Sena
(d) Ballala Sena


Answer: Hemanta Sena


Who amongst the following is credited by a Chinese pilgrim with having built the ancient city of Rajagriha, the modern Rajgir in Patna district ?
(a) Prasenajit
(b) Bimbisara
(c) Udayi
(d) Ajatashatru


Answer: Bimbisara


Pulakesin II was a contemporary of
(a) Harsha
(b) Chandragupta Maurya
(c) Samudragupta
(d) Ashoka


Answer: Harsha


In early ancient India, the largest urban centre was
(a) Pataliputra
(b) Kanauj
(c) Taxila
(d) Kausambi


Answer: Pataliputra


Which Saka ruler was responsible for important irrigation works in Saurashtra ?
(a) Nahapana
(b) None of these
(c) Menander
(d) Rudradaman


Answer: Rudradaman


The most important kingdom in Deccan and Central India after the Mauryas was the
(a) Pallavas
(b) Satavahanas
(c) Cholas
(d) Vakatakas


Answer: Satavahanas


Which of the following dynasties ruled over Magadha in the 6th century B.C. ?
(a) Sisunaga
(b) Haryanka
(c) Mauryas
(d) Nandas


Answer: Haryanka


Which of the following became the most important city of northern India under Harsha ?
(a) Thaneswar
(b) Kanauj
(c) Pataliputra
(d) Ujjain


Answer: Kanauj


The most famous Indo-Greek ruler to rule over India, noted for his justice and popularity with his subjects, was
(a) Menander
(b) Demetrios
(c) Rudradaman
(d) Eukratides


Answer: Menander


The Arab conquest of Sindh took place in 712 A.D. under the leadership of
(a) Muhammad bin Kasim
(b) Qutub-ud-din
(c) Subuktagin
(d) Mahmud Ghaznavi


Answer: Muhammad bin Kasim


Chandragupta II fought war with the
(a) Sakas
(b) Parthians
(c) Huns
(d) Kushans


Answer: Sakas




The Gupta feudatories who became strong and independent in Gujarat were known as
(a) Yaudheyas
(b) Pundra Vardhanas
(c) Maitrakas
(d) Vakatakas


Answer: Maitrakas


Lichchavi princess Kumara Devi was married to
(a) Pravarasena
(b) Harshavardhana
(c) Chandragupta II
(d) Chandragupta I


Answer: Chandragupta I


Gondophernes belonged to
(a) The Saka dynasty
(b) The Satavahana dynasty
(c) The Kushana dynasty
(d) The Parthian dynasty


Answer: The Parthian dynasty


Rudradaman was one of the greatest
(a) Kushan rulers
(b) Pallava rulers
(c) Maurya rulers
(d) Saka rulers


Answer: Saka rulers


The ancient kingdom of Avanti had its capital at
(a) Ayodhya
(b) Ujjain
(c) Vaishali
(d) Pataliputra


Answer: Ujjain


The Ashokan inscription which gives an account of the Kalinga war and its effects is
(a) Minor Rock Edict IV
(b) Minor Rock Edict XIII
(c) Girnar Rock Edict
(d) Minor Rock Edict III


Answer: Minor Rock Edict XIII


The only ruler of India who ruled over territories in Central Asia beyond the Pamirs was
(a) Kanishka
(b) Harsha
(c) Ashoka
(d) Samudragupta


Answer: Kanishka


The great Royal Road mentioned by Megasthenes ran from
(a) Prayag to Ujjaini
(b) Pataliputra to Taxila
(c) Pataliputra to Prayag
(d) Indus to Pataliputra


Answer: Indus to Pataliputra


Who among the following is considered as the first national ruler of India ?
(a) Kanishka
(b) Chandragupta Maurya
(c) Ashoka
(d) Chandragupta I


Answer: Chandragupta Maurya


Which Gupta ruler had led a compaign to the south and was an expert Veena player ?
(a) Chandra Gupta Vikramaditya
(b) Skanda Gupta
(c) Samudragupta
(d) Chandragupta I


Answer: Samudragupta


In which century did Ashoka reign ?
(a) Third century B.C.
(b) Third century A.D.
(c) Second century B.C.
(d) Second century A.D.


Answer: Third century B.C.


The medium of exchange in gold during the Gupta period was known as the
(a) Suvarna
(b) Karshapana
(c) Dinara
(d) Dramma


Answer: Suvarna


Ashoka's claim of greatness chiefly lay in the
(a) Extensive conquests
(b) Exclusive patronage to Buddhism
(c) Strengthening of army
(d) Promotion of welfare of his people


Answer: Promotion of welfare of his people


Kanishka's capital was at
(a) Mathura
(b) Peshawar
(c) Amravati
(d) Kanauj


Answer: Amravati


Which of the following rulers was adorned with the title of Maharajadhiraja (king of kings)?
(a) Chandragupta Maurya
(b) Ashoka
(c) Chandragupta I
(d) Kanishka
Answer: Kanishka


Ashoka's invasion of Kalinga resulted in


(a) Wealth and prosperity of Mauryan empire.
(b) Victory to the policy of war and territorial conquests.
(c) The development of peace and non-violence as state policy.
(d) Peaceful relations with Kalinga.


Answer: The development of peace and non-violence as state policy.


Who among the following has been called the Napoleon of India ?
(a) Harshavardhana
(b) Samudragupta
(c) chandragupta
(d) Ashoka


Answer: Samudragupta


Who amongst the following kings defeated Harsha's army on the bank of river Narmada ?
(a) Rajendra Chola
(b) Pulakesin II
(c) Krishnadeva Raya
(d) Rajendra I


Answer: Pulakesin II

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