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GENERAL KNOWLEDGE/GENERAL AWARENESS SET - 10 


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE/GENERAL AWARENESS SET - 10 

1. ‘Bull’ in Buddhism is associated with which event of Buddha’s life ?

(1) Birth

(2) Great departure

(3) Enlightenment

(4) Mahaparinirvan

 

2. Which of the following would be the most accurate description of the Mauryan Monarchy under

Ashoka?

(1) Enlightened despotism

(2) Centralised autocracy

(3) Oriental despotism

(4) Guided democracy

 

3. The illustrious names of Aryabhatta and Varahamihir are associated with the age of the

(1) Guptas

(2) Kushanas

(3) Mauryas

(4) Palas

 

4. Lothal is a site where dockyards of which of the following civilization were found ?

(1) Indus Valley

(2) Mesopotamian

(3) Egyptian

(4) Persian

 

5. ‘Buddha’ means

(1) The Enlightened one

(2) The Religious Preacher

(3) The Genius

(4) The Powerful

 

6. Where do you find the temple of Angkor Wat ?

(1) In Thailand

(2) In Malaysia

(3) In Cambodia

(4) In Myanmar

 

7. Whose achievements are recorded in the Allahabad Pillar inscription ?

(1) Chandra Gupta Maurya

(2) Samudra Gupta

(3) Vikramaditya

(4) Skand Gupta

 

8. The essential feature of the Indus Valley Civilisation was

(1) worship of forces of nature

(2) organised city life

(3) pastoral farming

(4) caste society

 

9. Name the capital of the Pallavas

(1) Kanchi

(2) Vatapi

(3) Trichnapalli

(4) Mahabalipuram

 

10. The word ‘Veda’ means

(1) knowledge

(2) wisdom

(3) skill

(4) power

 

11. Which metal was first used by the Vedic people?

(1) Silver

(2) Gold

(3) Iron

(4) Copper

 

12. Arabs were defeated in 738 A.D. by

(1) Pratiharas

(2) Rashtrakutas

(3) Palas

(4) Chalukyas

 

13. In Mauryan dynasty Kalinga war took place in the year—

(1) 260 BC

(2) 261 BC

(3) 126 BC

(4) 232 BC

 

14. The caves and rock-cut temples at Ellora are

(1) Hindu and Buddhist

(2) Buddhist and Jain

(3) Hindu and Jain

(4) Hindu, Buddhist and Jain

 

15. The Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram are a witness to the art patronised by the

(1) Pallavas

(2) Pandyas

(3) Cholas

(4) Cheras

 

16. Name the clan Buddha belonged to

(1) Gnathrika

(2) Maurya

(3) Sakya

(4) Kuru

 

17. Who was the author of the Kadambari, a great romantic play ?

(1) Banabhatta

(2) Harshavardhana

(3) Baskaravardhana

(4) Bindusara

 

18. During which Gupta King’s reign did the Chinese traveller Fa-hien visit India ?

(1) Chandra Gupta I

(2) Samudra Gupta

(3) Chandra Gupta II

(4) Kumara Gupta

 

19. St. Thomas is said to have come to India to propagate Christianity during the reign of the

(1) Cheras

(2) Parthians

(3) Pandyas

(4) Cholas

 

20. The people of the Indus Valley Civilization usually built their houses of

(1) Pucca bricks

(2) Stone

(3) Wood

(4) All of the above

 

21. Who started the Saka Era and when?

(1) Kadphises in 58 BC

(2) Rudradaman I in AD 78

(3) Vikramaditya in 58 BC

(4) Kanishka in AD 78

 

22. In which state was the Nalanda University located in India?

(1) Bengal

(2) Bihar

(3) Orissa

(4) Uttar Pradesh

 

23. Which event brought about a profound change in Ashoka’s administrative policy?

(1) The third Buddhist Council

(2) The Kalinga War

(3) His embracing of Buddhism

(4) His sending of missionary to Ceylon

 

24. The monk who influenced Ashoka to embrace Buddhism was

(1) Vishnu Gupta

(2) Upagupta

(3) Brahma Gupta

(4) Brihadratha

 

25. Harshvardhana was defeated by

(1) Prabhakaravardhana

(2) Pulakesin II

(3) Narasimhasvarma Pallava

(4) Sasanka

 

26. Which of the following statements about the Guptas is NOT true?

(1) They ruled mainly over parts of north and central India

(2) Kingship was hereditary and the throne always went to the eldest son

(3) The judicial system was far more developed than in earlier times

(4) Land taxes increased and taxes on trade and commerce decreased

 

27. Which of the following was NOT composed by Harshavadhana?

(1) Harshacharita

(2) Ratnavali

(3) Priyadarshika

(4) Nagananda

 

28. Which of the following is not one of the animals carved on the Sarnath Pillar ?

(1) Humped Bull

(2) Deer

(3) Elephant

(4) Horse

 

29. The ‘Kannauj assembly’ organised by Harsha was held in honour of

(1) Fa-Hien

(2) Itsing

(3) Hieun-Tsang

(4) Megasthenes

 

30. The first metal used by man was

(1) Aluminium

(2) Copper

(3) Iron

(4) Silver

 

31. Satvahanas minted their coins predominantly in

(1) Lead

(2) Silver

(3) Gold

(4) Copper

 

32. The headquarters of the Ghadar Party was at

(1) Karachi

(2)Moscow

(3) Berlin

(4) San Francisco

 

33. Where did Lord Buddha breathe his last?

(1) Bodh Gaya

(2) Sarnath

(3) Kushinagar

(4) Varanasi

 

34. Mention the place where Buddha attained enlightenment.

(1) Sarnath

(2) Bodh Gaya

(3) Kapilavastu

(4) Rajgriha

 

35. The Greek ambassador sent to Chandragupta Maurya's Court was:

(1) Kautilya

(2) Seleucus Nicator

(3) Megasthenes

(4) Justin

 

36. Hiuen Tsang visited India during the reign of

(1) Chandragupta I

(2) Chandragupta II

(3) Harshavardhana

(4) Rudradaman

 

37. Which one of the following was the last Buddhist text produced In India?

(1) Divya Vandana,

(2) Dohakosa

(3) Vajrachedika

(4) Vamsathapakasini

 

38. The home of Gargi, Maitrey, and Kapila was at

(1) Vidisha

(2) Ujjain

(3) Pataliputra

(4) Mithila

 

39. Which area of India was known as Avantika in ancient times?

(1) Avadh

(2) Ruhelkhand

(3) Bundelkhand

(4) Malwa

 

40. The Social System of the Harappans was:

(1) Fairly egalitarian

(2) Slave-Labour based

(3) Colour (Varna) based

(4) Caste based

 

41. Which of the following Vedas provides information about the civilization of the Early Vedic Age?

(1) Rig-veda

(2) Yajur-veda

(3) Atharva-veda

(4) Sama-veda

 

42. The university which became famous in the post-Gupta Era was:

(1) Kanchi

(2) Taxila

(3) Nalanda

(4) Vallabhi

 

43. Banabhatta was the court poet of which emperor?

(1) Vikramaditya

(2) Kumaragupta

(3) Harshavardhana

(4) Kanishka

 

44. The first Indian ruler, who established the supremacy of Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea was :

(1) Rajaraja I

(2) Rajendra I

(3) Rajadhiraja I

(4) Kulottunga I

 

45. Which statement on the Harappan Civilisation is correct?

(1) Horse sacrifice was known to them.

(2) Cow was sacred to them.

(3) ‘Pashupati’ was venerated by them.

(4) The culture was not generally static.

 

46. The First Tirthankara of the Jains was :

(1) Arishtanemi

(2) Parshvanath

(3) Ajitanath

(4) Rishabha

 

47. The great silk-route to the Indians was opened by :

(1) Kanishka

(2) Ashoka

(3) Harsha

(4) Fa-Hien

 

48. The rulers of which dynasty started the practice of granting tax-free villages to Brahmanas

and Buddhist Monks?

(1) Satavahanas

(2) Mauryas

(3) Guptas

(4) Cholas

 

49. The most important text of Vedic mathematics is :

(1) Satapatha Brahman

(2) Atharva Veda

(3) Sulva Sutras

(4) Chhandogya Upanishad

 

50. Yavanika or curtain was introduced in Indian theatre by which of the following?

(1) Shakas

(2) Parthians

(3) Greeks

(4) Kushans

 

51. Who started the Saka Era which is still used by the Government of India?

(1) Kanishka

(2) Vikramaditya

(3) Samudra Gupta

(4) Asoka

 

52. What inspired the paintings of Ajanta?

(1) Compassionate Buddha

(2) Radha-Krishan Leela

(3) Jain Thirthankaras

(4) Mahabharata encounters

 

53. Who among the following was the first to invade India?

(1) Xerxes

(2) Alexander

(3) Darius-I

(4) Seleucus

 

54. Which among the following is the oldest dynasty?

(1) Maurya

(2) Gupta

(3) Kushan

(4) Kanva

 

55. With which of the following is the classic “Jivaka Chintamani” in Tamil associated?

(1) Jainism

(2) Buddhism

(3) Hinduism

(4) Christianity

 

56. Who were the first kings to issue gold coins in India?

(1) Mauryas

(2) Indo-Greeks

(3) Guptas

(4) Kushans

 

57. Where is Brihadeshwar Temple situated?

(1) Kanchi

(2) Madurai

(3) Shri Shailan

(4) Tanjore

 

58. In Tamil literature the glorious books ‘Shilppadikaram and Manimekhalai’ are related to

(1) Jainism

(2) Buddhism

(3) Hindusim

(4) Christianity

 

59. Who established Mahabalipuram?

(1) Pallava

(2) Pandya

(3) Chola

(4) Chalukya

 

60. Ganhadra school of art came into existence in

(1) Hinayana sect

(2) Mahayana sect

(3) Vaishnava sect

(4) Shaiva sect

 

61. Out of the following remains excavated in Indus Valley, which one indicates the commercial and

economic development?

(1) The Pottery

(2) Seals

(3) The boats

(4) The houses

 

62. Who, according to the Buddhists, is believed to be the next incarnation of Gautam Buddha?

(1) Atreya

(2) Maitreya

(3) Nagarjuna

(4) Kalki

 

63. Who among the following were contemporaries of Kanishka?

(1) Kamban, Banabhatta, Asvagosha

(2) Nagarjuna, Asvagosha, Vasumitra

(3) Asvagosha, Kalidasa, Banabhatta

(4) Kalidasa, Kamban, Va-sumitra

 

64. Which rulers built the Ellora temples?

(1) Chalukya

(2) Sunga

(3) Rashtrakuta

(4) Pallava

 

65. Who amongst the following also had the name ‘Devanama Piyadassi’?

(1) Mauryan King Ashoka

(2) Mauryan King Chandragupta Maurya

(3) Gautam Buddha

(4) Bhagwan Mahavira

 

66. The subject-matter of Ajanta Paintings pertains to

(1) Jainism

(2) Buddhism

(3) Vaishnavism

(4) Shaivism

 

67. Which of the following Craftsmanship was not practised by the Aryans ?

(1) Pottery

(2) Jewellery

(3) Carpentry

(4) Blacksmith

 

68. Mohammed-bin-Qasim conquered Sind in the year

(1) 712 A.D.

(2) 812 A.D.

(3) 912 A.D.

(4) 1012 A.D.

 

69. The words “Satyameva Jayate” in the State Emblem of India were taken from

(1) Upanishads

(2) Sama Veda

(3) Rig Veda

(4) Ramayana

 

70. The earliest city discovered in India was

(1) Harappa

(2) Punjab

(3) Mohenjodaro

(4) Sindh

 

71. The famous rock-cut temple of Kailasa is at

(1) Ajanta

(2) Badami

(3) Mahabalipuram

(4) Ellora

 

72. Epigraphy means

(1) The study of coins

(2) The study of inscriptions

(3) The study of epics

(4) The study of geography

 

73. Which among the following has not been found in the excavation of Harappan sites?

(1) Drains and well

(2) Fort

(3) Reservoirs

(4) Temple with Shikhar

 

74. Which among the following ‘MATH’ is related with Buddhism?

(1) Dakhma

(2) Chaitya

(3) Khangah

(4) Angeri

 

75. Where has the world’s largest monolithic statue of Buddha been installed?

(1) Bamiyan

(2) Hyderabad

(3) Kandy

(4) Lhasa

 

76. The Harappan Civilisation was discovered in the year :

(1) 1935

(2) 1942

(3) 1901

(4) 1922

 

77. The title ‘Indian Napoleon’ has been attached to

(1) Chandra Gupta Maurya

(2) Samudragupta

(3) Chandragupta-I

(4) Harshavardhana

 

78. The ‘Ajivikas’ were a

(1) sect contemporary to the Buddha

(2) breakaway branch of the Buddhists

(3) sect founded by Charvaka

(4) sect founded by Shankaracharya

 

79. Arthasastra was written by

(1) Dhanananda

(2) Kautilya

(3) Bimbisara

(4) Pushyamitra

 

80. Worship of Mother Goddess was associated with

(1) Aryan Civilization

(2) Mediterranean Civilization

(3) Indus Valley Civilization

(4) Later Vedic Civilization

 

81. Alexander and Porus fought a battle at

(1) Hydaspes

(2) Jhelum

(3) Panipat

(4) Tarain

 

82. Identify the Buddhist Literature from the following :

(1) Tripitakas

(2) Upanishads

(3) Angas

(4) Aranyakas

 

83. Seleucus Nicator was defeated by

(1) Asoka

(2) Chandragupta Maurya

(3) Bindu Sara

(4) Brihadratha

 

84. The striking feature of the Indus Valley Civilization was

(1) Urban Civilization

(2) Agrarian Civilization

(3) Mesolithic Civilization

(4) Paleolithic Civilization

 

85. After Alexander’s death the Eastern part of his empire came under

(1) Seleucus Nicator

(2) Menander

(3) Rudradaman

(4) Kanishka

 

86. The early Buddhist scriptures were composed in :

(1) Prakrit texts

(2) Pali texts

(3) Sanskrit texts

(4) Pictographical texts

 

87. In Mohenjo-Daro, the largest building is :

(1) the great bath

(2) a granary

(3) the Pillared Hall

(4) a two storeyed house

 

88. The caste system of India was created for :

(1) immobility of labour

(2) recognition of the dignity of labour

(3) economic uplift

(4) occupational division of labour

 

89. Gautama Buddha was born at

(1) Kusinagar

(2) Sarnath

(3) Bodh Gaya

(4) Lumbini

 

90. “Monolithic Rathas” of the Pallavas are found at

(1) Kanchipuram

(2) Puri

(3) Mahabalipuram

(4) Agra

 

91. The paintings of Ajanta depict the stories of

(1) Ramayana

(2) Mahabharta

(3) Jataka

(4) Panchatantra

 

92. Which is the port-town of Indus valley civilisation?

(1) Kalibangan

(2) Lothal

(3) Ropar

(4) Mohenjo-Daro

 

93. Poet Kalidasa lived in the court of

(1) Chandragupta Maurya

(2) Samudragupta

(3) Chandragupta Vikramaditya

(4) Harsha

 

94. Who is called as the ‘Second Ashoka’?

(1) Samudra Gupta

(2) Chandra Gupta Maurya

(3) Kanishka

(4) Harshavardhana

 

95. The famous Kailasanath Temple at Kanchi was built by—

(1) Mahendravarman I

(2) Narasimhavarman II

(3) Nandivarman II

(4) Dantivarman

 

96. Kalibangan is situated in

(1) Uttar Pradesh

(2) Sindh

(3) Rajasthan

(4) Gujarat

 

97. Bindusara sent Asoka to quell the rebellion in—

(1) Swarnagiri

(2) Taxila

(3) Ujjain

(4) Tosali

 

98. Lord Mahavira died at

(1) Saravana Belagola

(2) Lumbini Garden

(3) Kalugumalai

(4) Pavapuri

 

99. The Indus people knew the use of Weights and Measures, which is proved by the discovery of the

seal at—

(1) Kalibangan

(2) Harappa

(3) Chanhudaro

(4) Lothal

 

100. Which language was mostly used for the propagation of Buddhism?

(1) Sanskrit

(2) Prakrit

(3) Pali

(4) Sauraseni