Test: Can You Pass This Indian History Trivia Quiz?

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Test: Can You Pass This Indian History Trivia Quiz?

Can you pass this Indian history trivia quiz? India is undoubtedly a country that cannot be forgotten in history books, and this is due to its effect on most of the sectors, be it political, economic, or religious. In the quiz below, you will get to take a journey back in time where you get to test your history knowledge. Do give it a try!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The population of India is closest to:
    • A. 

      100 million people

    • B. 

      18 million people

    • C. 

      1 billion people

    • D. 

      600 million people

  • 2. 
    Which of the following describes the problems associated with over population?
    • A. 

      Competition for resources

    • B. 

      Competition of religions

    • C. 

      The division of people into castes

    • D. 

      The arrangement of marriages

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is true about languages in India
    • A. 

      There are 21 official languages in India and Hindi is the main language

    • B. 

      English is the primary language of Indians

    • C. 

      There are over 1000 languages and Arabic is the main language

    • D. 

      Hindi is the only language spoken in India

  • 4. 
    The unit of money used in India is the
    • A. 

      Rupee

    • B. 

      Dollar

    • C. 

      Pound

    • D. 

      Euro

  • 5. 
    The two major world religions that began in India are
    • A. 

      Buddhism and Islam

    • B. 

      Buddhism and Hinduism

    • C. 

      Hinduism and Islam

    • D. 

      Christianity and Hinduism

  • 6. 
    The religion practiced by the majority of Indians is
    • A. 

      Christianity

    • B. 

      Buddhism

    • C. 

      Islam

    • D. 

      Hinduism

  • 7. 
    The most commonly practiced religion in Pakistan and Bangladesh is
    • A. 

      Christianity

    • B. 

      Buddhism

    • C. 

      Islam

    • D. 

      Hinduism

  • 8. 
    A monsoon is best described as
    • A. 

      A hurricane that comes around every once in a while

    • B. 

      A severe shortage of food

    • C. 

      A seasonal wind system that produces wet and dry seasons

    • D. 

      A violent wind tunnel similar to a tornado

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is NOT true about monsoons?
    • A. 

      They bring the same amount of rain every year

    • B. 

      Drought can occur if too little rain comes during the summer monsoons

    • C. 

      They are an important part of Indian climate

    • D. 

      Sometimes too much rain causes flooding durign the summer monsoons

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is TRUE about the Ganges River?
    • A. 

      It is the longest river in the world

    • B. 

      It is located in Northern Africa

    • C. 

      It is considered holy by many Hindus

    • D. 

      It is the location where Christianity began

  • 11. 
    The caste system is
    • A. 

      A barter system for trading of foods and services

    • B. 

      An economic system for creating a stock market

    • C. 

      A welfare system to supply meidical services and supplies

    • D. 

      A class system that divides people according to jobs and behaviors

  • 12. 
    The term untouchable referred to
    • A. 

      The Brahmin or Priests of India who were considered too holy to touch

    • B. 

      The lowest members of Indian society who performed jobs no one else would

    • C. 

      People who have been separated because of disease

    • D. 

      British law officers in India in the 1920's

  • 13. 
    Which of the following explains why the castes system remained in place for about 3,000 years?
    • A. 

      Hindus were taught to perform their dharma in order to get good karma and have a better reincarnation

    • B. 

      The Untouchables liked their position and fought hard to keep the Caste system in place so they would not lose their positions

    • C. 

      Gandhi made the Indians stick to this systtem since that is what their ancestors did for thousands of years

    • D. 

      The British threatened them with war if they got rid of the caste system because it helped the British

  • 14. 
    The majority of the population of India lives in rural villages though many young Indians are moving to cities, mainly because they are attracted to
    • A. 

      The life with their extended families in the cities

    • B. 

      The easy availability of li ving quarters in the uncrowded cities

    • C. 

      The innovation, technology, and jobs in the cities

    • D. 

      Tourist attractions such as the Taj Majal in the cities

  • 15. 
    Imperialism was practiced in India by the British and their empire stretched across the globe.  Imperialism can best be described as:
    • A. 

      A policy of dominating a country's government, economy, trade, and culture for economic gain

    • B. 

      Being prideful of one's own country

    • C. 

      Peacefully resisiting one's government

    • D. 

      A trade agreement between two countries for the benefit of both

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is TRUE about the East India Trading Company?
    • A. 

      They were equal partners with the Indians so both profitted from India's resources

    • B. 

      They allowed the Indians high positions and improved the quality of Indian life

    • C. 

      It was a company run by the Indians for the Indian people's benefit entirely

    • D. 

      It was a British company that imposed high taxes on Indians and kept them from growing food crops

  • 17. 
    Some of the cash crops Indians were forced to grow were
    • A. 

      Wheat, corn, and beans

    • B. 

      Tea, cotton, jute, and indigo

    • C. 

      Grapes, coffee, bananas, and cocoa

    • D. 

      Apples, flowers, cocoa, and silk

  • 18. 
    What was Gandhi known as later in his life and what did it mean?
    • A. 

      Harijan; leader of the people

    • B. 

      Mohandas; politician

    • C. 

      Satyagraha; peaceful one

    • D. 

      Mahatma; great soul

  • 19. 
    The Salt March took place because:
    • A. 

      The British forced the Indian to work in salt factories for low wages

    • B. 

      The British blew up salt factories because the Indians refused to work in them

    • C. 

      The Indians refused to buy salt sold only from the British

    • D. 

      The Britsh refused to buy sald sold only by the Indian government

  • 20. 
    A famous American who used Gandhi's methods of peaceful resistance to fight unjust laws was:
    • A. 

      Malcolm X

    • B. 

      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

    • C. 

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • D. 

      John F. Kennedy

  • 21. 
    Why was India divided up into two countries after gaining its independence from the Great Britain in 1947?
    • A. 

      Because of religious differences between different regions of the country

    • B. 

      Because of racial differences between different regions of the country

    • C. 

      Because the area was too large to be governed as one nation

    • D. 

      Because of political differences between different regions of the country

  • 22. 
    Which best describes India's government today?
    • A. 

      Monarchy

    • B. 

      Democracy

    • C. 

      Theocracy

    • D. 

      Dictatorship

  • 23. 
    The head of India's government and its law-making body are called:
    • A. 

      President and Parliament

    • B. 

      Prime Minister and Parliament

    • C. 

      President and House of Representatives

    • D. 

      Prime Minister adn Republic

  • 24. 
    Read the following excerpt from a speech by Jawaharial Nehru when India became independent of British rule and answer the two questions that follow. It is a fateful moment for us in India, for all Asia and for the world.  A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East...Freedom brings responsibilities and burdens and we have to face them in the spirit of free and disciplined people... Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavor {task}?  To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic, and progressive nation.  How did Nehru feel about gaining independence?
    • A. 

      He felt that now that independence was gained, everything would be easy with no difficulties

    • B. 

      He felt that independence gave them opportunity to make an improved India, but came with responsibilities as well

    • C. 

      He longed for the days when the Britsh ruled India and the Indians only had to do as they were told

    • D. 

      He thought that India was incapable of ruling herself and that many difficult days were ahead

  • 25. 
    Read the following excerpt from a speech by Jawaharial Nehru when India became independent of British rule and answer the two questions that follow. It is a fateful moment for us in India, for all Asia and for the world.  A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East...Freedom brings responsibilities and burdens and we have to face them in the spirit of free and disciplined people... Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavor {task}?  To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic, and progressive nation.  How did Nehru want Indians to use their new freedom?
    • A. 

      To improve the situation for all Indians, including the poor and uneducated

    • B. 

      To keep the caste system in place so that the Brahmin maintain their high position

    • C. 

      To be sure that India became a major world power

    • D. 

      To try to find a new country to colonize them

  • 26. 
    • A. 

      White Palace; It was a presidential palace for the Gupta Empire

    • B. 

      The Taj Mahal ; It was a tomb for Gandhi

    • C. 

      The Gardens of Babylon; It was the home of the first ruler of the Babylonians

    • D. 

      The Taj Mahal; It was a tomb for Shah Jahan's wife from the Mugal Empire

  • 27. 
    • A. 

      It is India's premier amusement park with the world's tallest roller coaster

    • B. 

      It is India's motion picture industry which is responsible for making only nonfiction movies about India.

    • C. 

      The cross between Dollywood and Hollywood which makes fun rides out of Hollywood movies.

    • D. 

      India's largest motion picture industry; the movies often have song and dance numbers in them

  • 28. 
    Bollywood, India's largest movie industry, is known for making movies with what qualities?
    • A. 

      Sad and tragic with unhappy endings.

    • B. 

      Bright and colorful with lots of song and dance.

    • C. 

      Grim and serious dramas with lots of social criticisms.

    • D. 

      Funny and lighthearted with lots of comedy.

  • 29. 
    In India today, Dabbawalas run one of the most complex ________________ systems in the world.
    • A. 

      Banking.

    • B. 

      Cooking.

    • C. 

      News reporting.

    • D. 

      Food delivering.

  • 30. 
    • A. 

      India and Pakistan fighting over who gets a region of fertile land around the Indus River Basin.

    • B. 

      Pakistan Muslims are trying to convert Hindus in a region controlled by India.

    • C. 

      India is trying to regain some of the land it lost to Pakistan after becoming independent.

    • D. 

      All of the above.