Indian History MCQ-1

Which of the following is not true about Shankaracharya?

(A) The ultimate reality, according to the Advaita Vedanta philosophy of Shankaracharya, is Brahmin
(B) The world as a whole, according to him, shows signs of purposiveness, intelligence and organisation and therefore, presupposes a creator and a Governor. This creator is God or a cosmic form of the absolute Brahmin
(C) The God, according to him is a second reality to the Brahmin
(D) The ultimate self, the atman of the individual, is the same as the absolute Brahmin, the ultimate foundation of the cosmos

Consider the following statement and mark the correct answer from the codes.
1. Shankaracharya’s metaphysical system is influenced by Buddhism.
2.Vaishnavas were opposed to Shankaracharya.
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

(A) Only 1
(B) Only 2
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2

Which one of the Chola kings conquered Ceylon?

(A) Aditya I
(B) Rajaraja I
(C) Rajendra
(D) Vijayalaya

Shankaracharya sent his four disciples to the Mathas in four quarters . List I consists of the four principle Mathas and List II that of their heads . Matchthem and choose the correct answer from the codes given below .
List I -List II
A . Govardhana 1. Totakacharya
B . Sringeri 2. Padmapada
C . Sharda 3. Hastamalaka
D . Badari 4. Vishvarupa (Sureshvara)

(A) 4 1 2 3
(B) 2 3 1 4
(C) 2 3 4 1
(D) 3 2 1 4

Which one of the following is not true about the trade during the early medieval period?

(A) Commerce with China and South East Asia seems to have been mainly in the hands of Arabs
(B) Decline of trade led to the decay of urban centers which had flourished in Western and Northern India during the post Maury an and early Gupta periods
(C) Despite decline of trade, the crafts and the artisans flourished during the early medieval period
(D) Decline of trade and urban centres created conditions for the rise of self sufficient regional production units

The rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram were built under the patronage of the

(A) Chola Kings
(B) Pandya Kings
(C) Pallava Kings
(D) Satavahana Kings

Which one of the following is not true about the varna/caste situation during the early medieval India?

(A) The number of castes increased manifold
(B) The guilds of artisans were gradually hardened into castes for lack of mobility in post Gupta times
(C) The absorption of the tribal people added to the variety of the Shudras and so called mixed castes
(D) The distance between the Vaishyas and Shudras increased during this period

Who among the following were famous jurists of medieval India?
3. Rajasekhara
4.Jimutavahana Select the correct answer from the codes given below

(A) 1, 2 and 3
(B) 2, 3 and 4
(C) 1, 2 and 4
(D) 1 and 4

Which one of the following Statements about Upanishads is not Correct?

(A) Brihadaranyak and Chandogya Upanishads are in prose.
(B) Katha upanishads is one of the earliest upanishadas.
(C) Upanishads proclaim Salvation by knowledge rather than by faith.
(D) Upanishads do not consider a life of asceticism as absolutely neeessary for salvation.

Which one of the following is not true about the art and architecture of early medieval India?

(A) Art and architecture was marked by regional style in sculpture and construction of temples
(B) The post Gupta iconography prominently displays a divine hierarchy reflecting the pyramidal ranks in society
(C) The post Gupta iconography shows the reinvention of many Vedic Gods who were relegated to background in the Mauryan and Gupta periods
(D) The art forms became very simplistic during this period

Consider the following statements
1. Rekha, Bhadra and Gaudiya are the regional variations of Orissa style of architecture but Vairati is not.
2. The Vesara style of architecture is the regional style of the region between the Vindhyas and the river Krishna.
3.At Vikramshila University, a full-fledged department of Tantra was established.
Which of the statements given aboveare correct?

(A) 1 and 2
(B) 1 and 3
(C) 2 and 3
(D) All of these

Whodestroyed theempireof Chalukyas of Badami?

(A) Cholas
(B) Pallavas
(C) Pandyas
(D) Rashtrakutas

Match List I with ListII and choose the correct answer from below the lists
List I – List II
A . Ratha 1.Hall in front of the sanctum
B . Mandapa 2.SanctumSanctorum
C . Gopuram 3.Monolithic Pallava temples
D . Garbha-griha 4.Monumental gateway
E . Jagamohana 5.Large open hall

(A) 2 4 5 1 3
(B) 3 5 4 2 1
(C) 2 3 4 1 5
(D) 1 2 3 4 5

Gold coins became extinct during the post-Gupta times. Which of the following dynasties revived them in the early medieval period?

(A) The Chahamanas
(B) The Chalukyas
(C) The Chandellas
(D) The Gahadavalas

Consider the following statements
1.The Chola empire was established on the ruins of the Pallava dynasty of Kanchi.
2. Krishna III, the Rashtrakuta king, defeated Parantaka 1st and caused a temporary setback to the Cholas.
3. Rajaraja, the Chola monarch, conquered the Northern part of Sri Lanka and made it a province of his empire.
4. Cholas were the only ruling power in$ the history of South India to have undertaken overseas naval campaign.
Which of the statements given above are correct?

(A) 1 and 3
(B) 1, 2 and 3
(C) 2, 3, and 4
(D) All of the above

A ruler of one of the ruling dynasties of the South who was called by the Arab traveller Sulaiman as “among the four great sovereigns (powers) of the world – equal to the caliph of Baghdad and emperors of China and Turkey”, was

(A) Amoghavarsha, Rashtrakuta
(B) Nandivarman, Pallava
(C) Rajendra I, Chola
(D) Vira and Sundara, Pandya

Consider the following statements about Rajaraja
1.The economic motive behind his conquest of Cheras, Pandyas and Sri Lanka was to bring the trade with South-East Asian countries under his control and open the sea routes to China.
2. His greatest historical contribution was that he introduced the tradition of beginning the Chola epigraphs with historical introductions.
3. In the field of agrarian and fiscal administration, he introduced the system of auditing of the accounts of the village assemblies and other local bodies.
Which of the statements given above are correct?

(A) 1 and 2
(B) 2 and 3
(C) 1 and 3
(D) All of the above

What was the occasion for the buildring of a new capital near the mouth of the Cauveri called Gangaikonda Cholapuram by Rajendra It?

(A) His victory over the Western Gangas
(B) Successful conclusion of his campaign against the Eastern Gangas of Odisha
(C) The performance of an Ashvamedha yajna after his allround victories
(D) The successful campaign of his armies in North India