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History : Practice Quiz 5 For Civil Service Examinations 2018 (UPSC Prelims 2018)
                                                                                                    August 6, 2017


History: Vedic Age

The institution of Varna appeared in the
(a) Later Vedic period
(b) Period of the consolidation of the text of the Mahabharat.
(c) Period of the Manava Dharma Shastra
(d) Rig Vedic period
Answer: Rig Vedic period

Which is the oldest Veda?

(a) Rig Veda
(b) Atharva Veda
(c) Sama Veda
(d) Yajur Veda
Answer: Rig Veda

Which of the following Vedas is a collection of spellsand incantations?
(a) Sama Veda
(b) Yajur Veda
(c) Atharva Veda
(d) Rig Veda
Answer: Atharva Veda

Which among the following, was the chief feature of Rig Vedic religion ?
(a) Performance of sacrifices
(b) Predominance of female goddesses
(c) Belief in existence of life after death
(d) Worship of images
Answer: Worship of images

800 B.C.-600 B.C. is designated as the
(a) Period of Mahabharat
(b) Period of Brahmanas
(c) Period of the Sutras
(d) Period of Ramayana
Answer: Period of Brahmanas

Which one of the following was the main characteristic of the later Vedic age ?
(a) Caste system
(b) Food gathering practice
(c) Varna system
(d) Tribal polity
Answer: Caste system

Which of the following is an Upanishad ?
(a) Krishna Karnamruta
(b) Aitreya
(c) Vijasena
(d) Chandogya
Answer: Aitreya

The Vedic deity Indra was the goddess of
(a) Rain and thunder
(b) Fire
(c) Wind
(d) Eternity
Answer: Rain and thunder

Which one of the following contains the Gayatri Mantra ?
(a) Yajur Veda
(b) Sama Veda
(c) Upanishad
(d) Rig Veda
Answer: Rig Veda

Which among the following is the source of information about early Vedic period ?
(a) Excavations
(b) Rig Veda
(c) Jataka stories
(d) Post- Vedic literature
Answer: Rig Veda

What was the basis of class differentiation among Aryans ?
(a) Economic condition
(b) None of these
(c) Trade
(d) Colour
Answer; Colour

What was the basis of class differentiation among Aryans ?
(a) Colour
(b) None of these
(c) Economic condition
(d) Trade
Answer: Colour

Which of the following ideals is not contained in the Atharva Veda ?
(a) Moksha
(b) Upasana
(c) Gnana
(d) Karma
Answer: Moksha

Varna system of Aryans was based on
(a) Caste
(b) Sex
(c) Colour
(d) Occupation
Answer: Colour

The chief characteristic of the Rig Vedic religion was
(a) Performance of sacrifices
(b) Preponderance of female goddesses
(c) Worship of images
(d) Belief in the existence of heaven
Answer: Performance of sacrifices

The God not worshipped during the time of Rig Vedic Aryans was
(a) Marut
(b) Shiva
(c) Indra
(d) Agni
Answer: Shiva

The Rig Veda consists of ?
(a) 2000
(b) 1028
(c) 512
(d) 1024
Answer: 1028

The ninth mandala of the Rig Veda samhita is devoted wholly to
(a) Gods related to plants and drugs
(b) Soma and the god who is named after the drink
(c) Urvashi and the Heaven
(d) Indra and his elephant

Answer: Soma and the god who is named after the drink
Which of the following animals was known to ancient Vedic people ?
(a) Lion
(b) Tiger
(c) Elephant
(d) Boar
Answer: Lion

In Rig Vedic society, which of the following was unknown?
(a) Child marriage
(b) Polyandry
(c) Polygamy
(d) Purdah system
Answer: Polyandry

The family of the Rig Vedic Aryans was
(a) Matrilineal
(b) Patrilineal
(c) Patriarchal
(d) Matrairchal
Answer: Patrilineal

The Vishnu Purana gives an account of
(a) Life in Indus Valley
(b) Mauryan dynasty
(c) The Andhras
(d) The Vardhanas
Answer: Mauryan dynasty

The word Vid from which Veda has been derived means
(a) God
(b) Holy
(c) Doctrine
(d) Knowledge
Answer: God

The ritualistic precepts attached to the hymns of the Vedas were known as the
(a) Upanishads
(b) Aranyakas
(c) Brahmanas
(d) Samhitas
Answer: Brahmanas

The Aryans at first settled in
(a) Punjab
(b) Kashmir
(c) Sindh
(d) Gujarat
Answer: Punjab

Which of the following craftmanship was not practised by the Aryans?
(a) Blacksmith
(b) Carpentery
(c) Pottery
(d) Jewellery
Answer: Blacksmith

The Aryans came to India from
(a) South-east Asia
(b) None of these
(c) Central Asia
(d) Eastern Europe
Answer: Central Asia

Brahmanas are books that deal with
(a) Bhakti
(b) Meditation
(c) Ritualism
(d) Yoga
Answer: Bhakti

Which of the following Vedas throws light on the beliefs and practices of the non-Aryans ?
(a) Samaveda
(b) Atharvaveda
(c) Yajurveda
(d) Rigveda
Answer: Rigveda

The Puranas contain
(a) Laws of Manu and the history on various dynasties
(b) Thoughts on the mystery of life and universe mythology.
(c) Hymns in favour of the Gods
(d) Mythology
Answer: Thoughts on the mystery of life and universe mythology.

The code of conduct of the Vedic society was laid out in which of the following texts ?
(a) Vedas
(b) Upanishads
(c) Puranas
(d) Smritis
Answer: Smritis

The chief impact of Vedic culture on Indian history was the
(a) Progress of philosophy
(b) Rise of other wordly outlook
(c) Consolidation of caste system
(d) Growth of Sanskrit
Answer: Consolidation of caste system

Ayurveda owes its origin to
(a) Sama Veda
(b) Atharva Veda
(c) Yajur Veda
(d) Rig Veda
Answer: Yajur Veda

Which subject is not dealt with in the Puranas ?
(a) Arithmetic
(b) Genealogies of gods
(c) Primary ceation
(d) Secondary creation
Answer: Arithmetic

The Term nishka, which meant an ornament in the Vedic period, was used in later times to denote a/an
(a) Script
(b) Argriculture implement
(c) Coin
(d) Weapon
Answer: Coin

Which is the most important divinity of Rig Veda?
(a) Marut
(b) Shakti
(c) Agni
(d) Varun
Answer: Varun

What is the subject matter of the Upanishads ?
(a) Philosophy
(b) Yoga
(c) Religion
(d) Law
Answer: Religion

Rigveda Samhita denotes one fourth of its hymns to
(a) Rudra
(b) Marut
(c) Indra
(d) Agni
Answer: Indra

Boghazkoi is important because
(a) It is known as significant trading centre between Central Asia and Tibet.
(b) None of these
(c) The original text of the Vedas was composed there.
(d) Insription found here mention the names of Vedic gods and goddesses.
Answer: Insription found here mention the names of Vedic gods and goddesses.

Rigveda is divided into 10 books.
Which among the following book(s) is/are the oldest ?

(a) Second-seventh
(b) Third-ninth
(c) First
(d) Second-eighth
Answer: Second-seventh

Which of the following Vedas is rendered musically ?
(a) Sama Veda
(b) Atharva Veda
(c) Rig Veda
(d) Yajur Veda
Answer: Sama Veda

The salient feature of Rigvedic religion was the worship of(a) Pashupati
(b) Trimurti
(c) Mother Goddess
(d) Nature
Answer: Nature

Which God lost his importance as the first deity during the Rig Vedic period ?
(a) Agni
(b) Rudra
(c) Indra
(d) Varuna
Answer: Varuna

Which was the God of animal during the later Vedic period ?
(a) Vishnu
(b) Prajapati
(c) Rudra
(d) Indra
Answer; Rudra

 The Gayatri Mantra contained in the Rig Veda is dedicated to which deity ?
(a) Surya
(b) Savitri
(c) Agni
(d) Marut
Answer: Savitri