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History : Practice Quiz 8 For Civil Service Examinations 2018 (UPSC Prelims 2018)
                                                                                                    August 7, 2017



History: Political History- Kingdoms of South

Who among the following was a Satavahana ruler ?
(a) Nahapana
(b) Mahendravarman
(c) Vasisthiputra Pulumayi
(d) Rudradaman
Answer: Vasisthiputra Pulumayi
The political and cultural centre of the Pandyas was
(a) Vengi
(b) Mahabalipuram
(c) Kanchipuram
(d) Madurai
Answer: Madurai
Vijayanagara is compared to the Chola for
(a) Display of land revenue
(b) System of land revenue
(c) Rural local self government
(d) Foreign conquests
Answer: Display of land revenue
Kanchi was the capital of
(a) Rashtrakutas
(b) Cholas
(c) Chalukyas
(d) Pallavas
Answer: Pallavas
Krishnadevaraya was the ruler of
(a) Bahmani
(b) Vijayanagar
(c) Pallava
(d) Chola
Answer: Chola
Who was the founder of Sunga dynasty ?
(a) Bimbisara
(b) Agnimitra
(c) Pushyamitra
(d) Ajatashatru
Answer: Pushyamitra
The Chola king who conquered the northern part of Sri Lanka and made it a province of his empire, was
(a) Adhirajendra
(b) Rajaraja
(c) Parantaka I
(d) Rajendra I
Answer: Rajaraja
The Chola empire reached its zenith under
(a) Parantaka I
(b) Rajendra Chola II
(c) Rajaraja
(d) Rajendra Chola I
Answer: Rajendra Chola I
The capital of Kakatiya dynasty was
(a) Hampi
(b) Dwarasamudra
(c) Warangal
(d) Madurai
Answer: Warangal
Which of the following is the oldest dynasty ?
(a) Pallavas
(b) Cheras
(c) Chalukyas
(d) Satavahanas
Answer: Satavahanas
The Chola ruler who subdued the Ganges and obtained the title Gangai Konda Cholan was
(a) Kulottunga
(b) Rajendra Chola I
(c) Rajadhiraja Chola
(d) Rajaraja Chola
Answer: Rajendra Chola I
Which of the following statements about Krishnadevaraya is incorrect ?
(a) He founded a new city, Nagalapur in honour of his mother Nagaladevi.
(b) After his death, there were struggles for succession as successors were incompetent.
(c) He fought the Battle of Talikota.
(d) He was an accomplished writer and poet.
Answer: He fought the Battle of Talikota.
The last ruler of Sunga dynasty was
(a) Sujyeshtha
(b) Vasudeva
(c) Devabhuti
(d) Bhaga
Answer: Vasudeva
Satavahanas belonged to
(a) Konkan region
(b) Kalinga
(c) Andhra region
(d) Maharashtra
Answer: Andhra region
Which of the following was the lowest unit of Chola administration ?
(a) Mandalam
(b) Valanadu
(c) Kottam
(d) Kurram
Answer: Kurram
Bahmani Kingdom in South India extinguished in the
(a) End of 16th century
(b) Later half of 17th century
(c) Beginning of 17th century
(d) Beginning of 16th century
Answer: Beginning of 16th century
The capital of Bahmani Kingdom was
(a) Gulbarga
(b) Ellichpur
(c) Warangal
(d) Devagiri
Answer: Gulbarga
The Kingdom of Vijayanagar came into existence during the reign of
(a) Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq
(b) Balban
(c) Harshvardhana
(d) Alauddin Khilji
Answer: Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq
The earliest evidence of Jewish community settling in India is provided by a charter of a
(a) Chera King
(b) Vijayanagara King
(c) Chola King
(d) Pandya King
Answer: Vijayanagara King
Harihara and Bukka, the founders of the Vijayanagara kingdom shaped the course of their conduct on the advice of
(a) Vidyaranya
(b) Tulsidas
(c) Tukaram
(d) Ramdas
Answer: Vidyaranya
The first ruling dynasty of Vijayanagara Kingdom was
(a) Aravidu dynasty
(b) Sangama dynasty
(c) Saluva dynasty
(d) Tuluva dynasty
Answer: Sangama dynasty
The special feature of the financial system of Vijayanagara was
(a) Land tax
(b) Currency system
(c) Revenue from seaports
(d) Surplus revenue
Answer: Revenue from seaports
The Bahmani Kingdom was founded by
(a) Malik Kafur
(b) Hasan
(c) Timur
(d) Zain-ul-Abidin
Answer: Hasan
A lot of details regarding the village administration under the Cholas is provided by the inscriptions at
(a) Kanchipuram
(b) Uttaramerur
(c) Thanjavur
(d) Uraiyur
Answer: Uttaramerur
Chalukya dynasty in South India was founded by
(a) Bukka
(b) Parantaka I
(c) Pulakesin I
(d) Harihara
Answer: Pulakesin
The dynasty that excelled itself as a naval power was that of the
(a) Cholas
(b) Hoysalas
(c) Cheras
(d) Pallavas
Answer: Cholas
Pallava Kings were the devotees of
(a) Vishnu
(b) Shiva
(c) Mahavira
(d) Buddhacharita
Answer: Shiva
Bahmani Kingdom was founded by
(a) Zain-ul-Abidin
(b) Malik Kafur
(c) Timur
(d) Hason
Answer: Hason
Who amongst the following rulers of Southern India was/were the contemporaries of Harshavardhana ?
(a) Both (a) and (b)
(b) Rajendra Chola
(c) Pulakesin II of Chalukyas
(d) Narasimhavarman of Pallavas
Answer: Both (a) and (b)
The founder of Vijayanagar kingdom was
(a) Krishnadeva Raya
(b) Narasimha Varman
(c) Raja Raja
(d) Harihar and Bukka
Answer: Harihar and Bukka
Which of the following kingdoms od South India was well known for its naval power ?
(a) Hoysala
(b) Pandya
(c) Chola
(d) Chalukya
Answer: Chola
The power of the great Cholas was established by
(a) Rajaraja I
(b) Rajaraja
(c) Kulothunga
(d) Aditya
Answer: Aditya
Madurai was the capital of
(a) Rashtrakutas
(b) Pandyas
(c) Cholas
(d) Pallavas
Answer: Pandyas
Vijayanagar empire ruins are found in
(a) Bijapur
(b) Baroda
(c) Golconda
(d) Hampi
Answer: Hampi
Which of the following was a special feature of Chola administration ?
(a) Full powers to ministers in the rule
(b) Cheap and proper tax collecting method
(c) Autonomy for village administration
(d) Division of empire into mandalams
Answer: Autonomy for village administration
After the Mauryas the most important kingdom in the Deccan and Central India was that of the
(a) Cholas
(b) Pallavas
(c) Satavahanas
(d) Vakatakas
Answer: Satavahanas
Vikramasila University was founded by
(a) Chandragupta Maurya
(b) Pulakesin II
(c) Kanishka
(d) Dharmpala
Answer: Dharmpala
Who amongst the following Chola Kings fought against the Shailendera King of Shri Vijaya and defeated him ?
(a) Sundar Chola
(b) Rajaraja Chola I
(c) Rajendra Chola
(d) Parantaka I
Answer: Rajendra Chola
A Pala ruler who was raised to the throne by different sections of people was
(a) Mahipala
(b) Dharmapala
(c) Devapala
(d) Gopala
Answer: Gopala
In the Sangam age, Uraiyur was important for
(a) Its being a great emporium of foreign trade.
(b) Its being a great centre of indigenous trade.
(c) Its being a great centre of cotton trade.
(d) Its being a great centre of spice trade.
Answer: Its being a great centre of cotton trade.
The capital of Eastern Chalukyas was
(a) Vatapi
(b) Amravati
(c) Nagarjunakonda
(d) Vengi
Answer: Vengi
The Satavahana King who defeated the western Saka King, Nahapana was
(a) Satakarni I
(b) Vasishthiputra Pulumayi
(c) Yajna Satakarni
(d) Gautamiputra Satakarni
Answer: Gautamiputra Satakarni
In Krishnadevaraya's court, Ashtadiggajas were the
(a) Eight great poets of his court.
(b) Eight great scholars of his kingdom
(c) Eight great ministers in his court
(d) Eight elephants placed at eight corners of his capital.
Answer: Eight great poets of his court.
Nicolo Conti, the traveller who visited Vijayanagara kingdom in 1420 A.D., was
(a) A Frenchman
(b) An Italian
(c) A Greek
(d) A Russian
Answer: An Italian
The Arabs were established traders on the west coast of India and had the support of the rulers of Kerala. Which one of the following rulers first conducted a naval campaign on important Arab trade centres to check their monopoly ?
(a) Mahendravarman
(b) Dantidurga
(c) Rajaraja Chola
(d) Chalukya Vikramaditya VI
Answer: Chalukya Vikramaditya VI