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Q 1. Which of the following does the Puranas contain?

A

Laws of Manu and the history on various dynasties

B

Hymns in favour of the Gods

C

Thoughts on the mystery of life and universe

Mythology

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Q 2. Which of the following Brahmana texts belongs to Atharvaveda?

A

Shatpatha

B

Aitareya

Gopatha

D

Panchavinsh

Explanation

The Gopatha Brahmana is the only Brahntana, a genre of the prose texts describing the Vedic rituals, associated with the Atharvaveda.

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Q 3. The expounder of Yoga philosophy was :

Patanjali

B

Shankaracharya

C

Jaimini

D

Gautam

Explanation

The ancient Sage Patanjali was an expounder of the Yoga Sutras one of the most important text of yoga covering all aspects of life.Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras describe the working of the mind and emotions.

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Q 4. Consider the following statements :
1. Historians use the word source to refer to the information found from manuscripts, inscriptions and archaeology.
2. Ramayana and Mahabharata are also important source of ancient Indian history.
Which of the above is / are correct?

A

1 only

B

2 only

Both 1 and 2

D

Neither 1 nor 2

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Q 5. With reference to the Jambudvipa, consider the statements
1. Bharatvarsha was also called Jambudvipa.
2. Early Buddhist evidence suggests that Jambudvipa was a territorial designation from the third century BC.
Which of the above is/ are correct?

A

1 only

B

2 only

Both 1 and 2

D

Neither 1 nor 2

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Q 6. Which one of the following sites is famous for prehistoric paintings?

A

Bagh

B

Ajanta

Bhimbetka

D

Amrawati

Explanation

The rock shelters of Bhimbetka are a repository of rock paintings within natural rock shelters with archaeological evidences from the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods through the Chalcolithic to the Medieval period.

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Q 7. The first metal to be used by man was

A

bronze

B

iron

copper

D

stone

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Q 8. Iron was brought to many civilization by the

A

Turks

B

Greeks

Hittites

D

Huns

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Q 9. The Megaliths of South India are mainly associated with

A

Mesolithic age

B

Neolithic age

C

Chalcolithic age

Iron age

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Q 10. Which of the following is not a feature of Neolithic cultures?

A

Cultivation of Plants

B

Domestication of animals

Use of Iron for agriculture

D

Sedentary farming

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Q 11. Archaeological evidence from which Chalcolithic site shows evidence of corporation, harvesting and irrigation?

A

Daimabad

Inamgaon

C

Navdatoli

D

Rangpur

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Q 12. Inamgaon is a Chalcolithic site belonging to which culture?

Jorwe culture

B

Malwa culture

C

Ahar culture

D

Kayatha culture

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Q 13. Pick out the wrong statement with respect to the Neolithic sites of Burzahom and Gufkral.

A

The excavations yield lots of bone tools

B

Bones of animals such as goat, sheep, cattle are seen

C

Pit dwellings were seen in both the sites

The sites were predominantly pastoral economics

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Q 14. From which of the following hoards were four massive copper replicas - of a rhinoceros, an elephant, a chariot, and a buffalo - typical or a Chalcolithic culture obtained?

A

Prakash

Daimabad

C

Inamgaon

D

Navdatoli

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Q 15. Which one of the following species of fauna has been widely appreciated as pre-historic India’s gift to the world?

A

Peacock

Domestic fowl

C

Water buffalo

D

Humped bull

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Q 16. Doojali Hudizg is an important Neolithic site in

A

Tripura

B

Manipur

C

Nagaland

Assam

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Q 17. Stone and copper were used in

Chalcolithic age

B

Neolithic age

C

Mesolithic age

D

Paleolithic age

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Q 18. The earliest ‘man like creature’ which racially differed from ‘Homo sapiens’ is generally known as

Hominid

B

Pithecangthropus

C

Sinanthropus

D

Eoanthropus

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Q 19. Which one of the following statements is not correct?

The palaeolithic man in India know the use of fire

B

Palaeolithic granes have been found in Guntur and Kurnool Districts in South India

C

Prehistoric paintings have been found in Kaimur ranges and Mirzapur District

D

The Copper Age and the Early Iron Age can be distinguished in North India. However, the Iron Age immediately succeeds the Stone Age in South India.

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Q 20. In palaeolithic society all men and women were

treated as of equal importance

B

men were higher status than women

C

women were higher status than men

D

none

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Q 21. Which of the following statements is/are correct about the Neolithic culture?

A

The Neolithic age marks the concluding phase of the stone tools culture

B

The evidence of productive economy or food producing culture is an essential prerequisite for the attestation of this age

C

The presence of pottery is taken to be more conclusive diagnostic speciality of this age

All of the above

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Q 22. Who is known as the father of Indian prehistory?

A

Le Mesurier

B

Miles Burkit

C

Subba Rao

Robert Bruce Foote

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Q 23. Which of the following statements is/are correct about the people of stone age?

A

They had to depend entirely on tools and weapons made of stone

B

They settled down only on the slopes of the hills, in rock shelters and the hilly river valley

C

They could not produce more than what they needed for this bare subsistence

All of the above

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Q 24. Who among the following cultures were the first to paint their pottery?

A

Mesolithic

Chalcolithic

C

Neolithic

D

Iron age

Explanation

Chalcolithic Cultures were the first to paint their pottery

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Q 25. Which of the following statements is/are correct about the Chalcolithic settlement?

A

They domesticated cattle most probably for food and not milked for drink and dairy products

B

They did practice cultivation but not on large scale

C

The pre-Harappan phase at Kalibangan in Rajasthan and Banawali in Haryana is distinctly Chalcolithic

All of the above