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History : Practice Quiz 9 For Civil Service Examinations 2018 (UPSC Prelims 2018)
                                                                                                    August 7, 2017

History: Political History- Ancient Period

What was the rate of land revenue as given in the dharma shastras?

(a) 4-Jan
(b) 8-Jan
(c) 6-Jan
(d) 3-Jan
Answer: 6-Jan

During the Gupta period of Indianhistory, the village affairs were managed by the village headman with the assistance of
(a) Vishyapati
(b) Amatya
(c) Gopa
(d) Mahattara
Answer: Vishyapati

Who was the first king to conquer Malwa, Gujarat and Maharashtra ?
(a) Skandagupta
(b) Harshavardhana
(c) Samudragupta
(d) Chandragupta Maurya
Answer: Chandragupta Maurya

Name the great Hindu King who combined in himself the qualities of Samudragupta and Ashoka ?
(a) Harshavardhana
(b) Chandragupta II
(c) Kanishka
(d) Chandragupta I
Answer: Harshavardhana

Who among the following was a great ruler of Kalinga in ancient times ?

(a) Kharavela
(b) Mayurasarman
(c) Bindusara
(d) Ajatashatru
Answer: Bindusara

The great Hindu law -giver was

(a) Kautilya
(b) Manu
(c) Kapil
(d) Banabhatta
Answer: Manu

Which of the following is the correct chronological order ?

(a) Guptas - Kushans - Mauryas - Sungas
(b) Sungas - Mauryas - Guptas - Kushans
(c) Mauryas - Sungas - Kushans - Guptas
(d) Kushans - Guptas - Sungas - Mauryas
Answer: Mauryas - Sungas - Kushans - Guptas

Which of the following was an important port of the eastern coast during the Gupta period ?

(a) Kalyan
(b) Sopara
(c) Tamralipti
(d) Broach
Answer: Tamralipti

The Arab conquest of Sindh took place in
(a) 712 A.D.
(b) 1009 A.D.
(c) 740 A.D.
(d) 1001 A.D.
Answer: 712 A.D.

Sakas were finally overthrown by
(a) Chandragupta Vikramaditya
(b) Devapala
(c) Gautamiputra Satakarni
(d) Kanishka
Answer: Gautamiputra Satakarni

Which of the following was a republic in sixth century B.C.?

(a) Vrijian state
(b) None of these
(c) Magadha
(d) Avanti
Answer: Vrijian state

In the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., the most remarkable king of the Haryanka line was

(a) Bimbisara
(b) Sisunaga
(c) Udayi
(d) Ajatashatru
Answer: Bimbisara

The Arthashastra is not concerned with
(a) Administration of tests of loyalty to ministers.
(b) Appointment of superintending officers for industries.
(c) Appointment of superintending officers for agriculture
(d) Assignment of lands to officers for their services.
Assignment of lands to officers for their services.

The original name of the Kushanas was in
(a) Chinese Turkistan
(b) Arabia
(c) Persia
(d) Macedonia
Answer: Chinese Turkistan

Who among the following was not a Saka ruler?
(a) Nahapana
(b) Menander
(c) Rudradaman
(d) Sodassa
Answer: Menander

Maurya empire declined after Ashoka mainly because of

(a) Weak successors of Asoka
(b) Decentralisation of powers
(c) Ashoka's excessive patronage to Buddhism.
(d) The policy of ahimsa leading to military weakness.
Answer: Weak successors of Asoka

The most commonly used coin, during the Mauryan period, was

(a) Nishka
(b) Karashapana
(c) Suvarna
(d) Kakini
Answer: Karashapana

The first monarch of Magadh kingdom in the sixth century B.C. was
(a) Jarasandha
(b) Bimbisara
(c) Prasenajit
(d) Ajatashatru
Answer: Bimbisara

Chandragupta Maurya's empire extended in the north -west upto
(a) Indus
(b) Sutlej
(c) Hindukush
(d) Ravi
Answer: Hindukush

Chandragupta Maurya overthrew the power of Nandas at

(a) Taxila
(b) Sravana Belgola
(c) Ujjain
(d) Magadha
Answer: Magadha

The official religion during the rule of the Sunga dynasty was

(a) The Ajivika religion
(b) Brahmanism
(c) Buddhism
(d) Jainism
Answer: Brahmanism

The Huna leader Mihirgula was defeated by

(a) Rajyavardhana
(b) Buddhagupta
(c) Chandragupta
(d) Yashodharman
Answer: Yashodharman

Who amongst the rulers of southern India were the contemporaries of kings of the Gupta empire ?

(a) Rashtrakutas
(b) Cholas
(c) Vakatakas
(d) Satavahanas
Answer: Satavahanas

The name by which Ashoka is generally reffered to in his inscription is

(a) Dharmakirti
(b) Priyadarshi
(c) Dharmadeva
(d) Chakravarti
Answer: Priyadarshi

Hindu colonieswere founded in the south-east Asian countries mostly during the period of

(a) The Cholas
(b) The Mauryas
(c) The Guptas
(d) The Rajputs
Answer: The Mauryas

Before ascending the Mauraya throne, Ashoka served as a Viceroy of
(a) Taxila
(b) Kaushambi
(c) Tosali
(d) Patliputra
Answer: Taxila

After the Mauryas, the most important kingdom in Deccan and Central India was that of

(a) Vakatakas
(b) Satavahanas
(c) Pallavas
(d) Cholas
Answer: Satavahanas

The Kaulinya system was introduced in Bengal by
(a) Lakshmana Sena
(b) Vijaya Sena
(c) Hemanta Sena
(d) Ballala Sena
Answer: Hemanta Sena

Who amongst the following is credited by a Chinese pilgrim with having built the ancient city of Rajagriha, the modern Rajgir in Patna district ?
(a) Prasenajit
(b) Bimbisara
(c) Udayi
(d) Ajatashatru
Answer: Bimbisara

Pulakesin II was a contemporary of
(a) Harsha
(b) Chandragupta Maurya
(c) Samudragupta
(d) Ashoka
Answer: Harsha

In early ancient India, the largest urban centre was

(a) Pataliputra
(b) Kanauj
(c) Taxila
(d) Kausambi
Answer: Pataliputra

Which Saka ruler was responsible for important irrigation works in Saurashtra ?
(a) Nahapana
(b) None of these
(c) Menander
(d) Rudradaman
Answer: Rudradaman

The most important kingdom in Deccan and Central India after the Mauryas was the

(a) Pallavas
(b) Satavahanas
(c) Cholas
(d) Vakatakas
Answer: Satavahanas

Which of the following dynasties ruled over Magadha in the 6th century B.C. ?
(a) Sisunaga
(b) Haryanka
(c) Mauryas
(d) Nandas
Answer: Haryanka

Which of the following became the most important city of northern India under Harsha ?
(a) Thaneswar
(b) Kanauj
(c) Pataliputra
(d) Ujjain
Answer: Kanauj

The most famous Indo-Greek ruler to rule over India, noted for his justice and popularity with his subjects, was

(a) Menander
(b) Demetrios
(c) Rudradaman
(d) Eukratides
Answer: Menander

The Arab conquest of Sindh took place in 712 A.D. under the leadership of

(a) Muhammad bin Kasim
(b) Qutub-ud-din
(c) Subuktagin
(d) Mahmud Ghaznavi
Answer: Muhammad bin Kasim

Chandragupta II fought war with the
(a) Sakas
(b) Parthians
(c) Huns
(d) Kushans
Answer: Sakas

The Gupta feudatories who became strong and independent in Gujarat were known as

(a) Yaudheyas
(b) Pundra Vardhanas
(c) Maitrakas
(d) Vakatakas
Answer: Maitrakas

Lichchavi princess Kumara Devi was married to
(a) Pravarasena
(b) Harshavardhana
(c) Chandragupta II
(d) Chandragupta I
Answer: Chandragupta I

Gondophernes belonged to

(a) The Saka dynasty
(b) The Satavahana dynasty
(c) The Kushana dynasty
(d) The Parthian dynasty
Answer: The Parthian dynasty

Rudradaman was one of the greatest
(a) Kushan rulers
(b) Pallava rulers
(c) Maurya rulers
(d) Saka rulers
Answer: Saka rulers

The ancient kingdom of Avanti had its capital at
(a) Ayodhya
(b) Ujjain
(c) Vaishali
(d) Pataliputra
Answer: Ujjain

The Ashokan inscription which gives an account of the Kalinga war and its effects is
(a) Minor Rock Edict IV
(b) Minor Rock Edict XIII
(c) Girnar Rock Edict
(d) Minor Rock Edict III
Answer: Minor Rock Edict XIII

The only ruler of India who ruled over territories in Central Asia beyond the Pamirs was

(a) Kanishka
(b) Harsha
(c) Ashoka
(d) Samudragupta
Answer: Kanishka

The great Royal Road mentioned by Megasthenes ran from

(a) Prayag to Ujjaini
(b) Pataliputra to Taxila
(c) Pataliputra to Prayag
(d) Indus to Pataliputra
Answer: Indus to Pataliputra

Who among the following is considered as the first national ruler of India ?
(a) Kanishka
(b) Chandragupta Maurya
(c) Ashoka
(d) Chandragupta I
Answer: Chandragupta Maurya

Which Gupta ruler had led a compaign to the south and was an expert Veena player ?

(a) Chandra Gupta Vikramaditya
(b) Skanda Gupta
(c) Samudragupta
(d) Chandragupta I
Answer: Samudragupta

In which century did Ashoka reign ?
(a) Third century B.C.
(b) Third century A.D.
(c) Second century B.C.
(d) Second century A.D.
Answer: Third century B.C.

The medium of exchange in gold during the Gupta period was known as the

(a) Suvarna
(b) Karshapana
(c) Dinara
(d) Dramma
Answer: Suvarna

Ashoka's claim of greatness chiefly lay in the

(a) Extensive conquests
(b) Exclusive patronage to Buddhism
(c) Strengthening of army
(d) Promotion of welfare of his people
Answer: Promotion of welfare of his people

Kanishka's capital was at

(a) Mathura
(b) Peshawar
(c) Amravati
(d) Kanauj
Answer: Amravati

Which of the following rulers was adorned with the title of Maharajadhiraja (king of kings)?

(a) Chandragupta Maurya
(b) Ashoka
(c) Chandragupta I
(d) Kanishka
Answer: Kanishka

Ashoka's invasion of Kalinga resulted in
(a) Wealth and prosperity of Mauryan empire.
(b) Victory to the policy of war and territorial conquests.
(c) The development of peace and non-violence as state policy.
(d) Peaceful relations with Kalinga.
Answer: The development of peace and non-violence as state policy.

Who among the following has been called the Napoleon of India ?

(a) Harshavardhana
(b) Samudragupta
(c) chandragupta
(d) Ashoka
Answer: Samudragupta

Who amongst the following kings defeated Harsha's army on the bank of river Narmada ?

(a) Rajendra Chola
(b) Pulakesin II
(c) Krishnadeva Raya
(d) Rajendra I
Answer: Pulakesin II