General Knowledge Trivia Quiz: Indian History!

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Are you looking for the perfect general knowledge quiz on the history of India? Did you know that the Maurya empire is the first documented empire in India and the largest ever? Well, there is much more that you can learn from the quiz below. Do give it a try and have fun learning about this great country. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    We hear of two envoys being sent to the Roman kings, one in 27-28 AD to the court of Augustus and the other in 110-20 AD to the court of

    • A.

      Cartius

    • B.

      Trajan

    • C.

      Nero

    • D.

      Brutus

    Correct Answer
    B. Trajan
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Trajan. The question mentions two envoys being sent to the Roman kings, one in 27-28 AD and the other in 110-20 AD. The name "Trajan" is mentioned in the question, suggesting that he was one of the Roman kings to whom an envoy was sent.

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  • 2. 

    The use of Kharoshti in ancient Indian architecture is the result of India's contact with

    • A.

      Central Asia

    • B.

      Iran

    • C.

      Greece

    • D.

      China

    Correct Answer
    C. Greece
    Explanation
    The use of Kharoshti in ancient Indian architecture is the result of India's contact with Greece. Greece had a significant influence on ancient Indian culture, including architecture. Kharoshti, an ancient script used in the northwestern region of India, was derived from the Aramaic script used in Persia, which in turn was influenced by the Greek alphabet. This suggests that India's contact with Greece played a role in the development and adoption of Kharoshti in Indian architecture.

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  • 3. 

    Vaikhanasa the five-fold conception of Vishnu consists of
    1. brahman
    2. purusha
    3. prakriti
    4. satya
    5. achyuta
    6. aniruddha

    • A.

      I, II, III, IV and V

    • B.

      II, III, IV, V and VI

    • C.

      I, II, IV, V and VI

    • D.

      I, III, IV, V and VI

    Correct Answer
    D. I, III, IV, V and VI
    Explanation
    The five-fold conception of Vishnu in the Vaikhanasa tradition consists of Purusha, Prakriti, Satya, Achyuta, and Aniruddha. This can be inferred from the given options I, III, IV, V, and VI, which include all of these elements.

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  • 4. 

    The troops raised by the emperor but not paid directly the state and place under the charge of mansabadars were know as

    • A.

      Walashahi

    • B.

      Barawardi

    • C.

      JCumaki

    • D.

      Dakhili

    Correct Answer
    D. Dakhili
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Dakhili. Dakhili refers to the troops raised by the emperor but not paid directly by the state. These troops were placed under the charge of mansabadars, who were military commanders. The term "Dakhili" is used to indicate that these troops were under the direct control and supervision of the emperor.

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  • 5. 

    The treaty of Mangalore was signed between

    • A.

      The English East India Company and Haidar Ali

    • B.

      The English East India Company and Tipu Sultan

    • C.

      Haidar Ali and the Zamorin of Calicut

    • D.

      The French East India Company and Tipu Sultan

    Correct Answer
    B. The English East India Company and Tipu Sultan
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the English East India Company and Tipu Sultan. The Treaty of Mangalore was signed in 1784 between the English East India Company and Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India. The treaty ended the Second Anglo-Mysore War and restored the pre-war status quo between the two parties. It also recognized Tipu Sultan as the ruler of Mysore and established peace and friendship between the English East India Company and Mysore.

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  • 6. 

    To conquer and annex Peshawar and Punjab, Mahmud of Ghazni defeated

    • A.

      Ghurids

    • B.

      Arabs

    • C.

      Karkotakas

    • D.

      Hindushahis

    Correct Answer
    D. Hindushahis
    Explanation
    Mahmud of Ghazni conquered and annexed Peshawar and Punjab by defeating the Hindushahis. The Hindushahis were the rulers of the region at that time, and Mahmud of Ghazni successfully defeated them to expand his empire. This victory allowed Mahmud to establish his control over these territories and further strengthen his rule in the region.

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  • 7. 

    To which professions earlier leaders who struggled for freedom of India mainly belonged?

    • A.

      Lawyers

    • B.

      Teachers

    • C.

      Journalists

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above". This means that earlier leaders who struggled for the freedom of India belonged to all three professions: lawyers, teachers, and journalists. These professions played a crucial role in the fight for independence as they were able to use their knowledge, skills, and platforms to advocate for freedom and mobilize the masses. Lawyers like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru used legal expertise to challenge British rule, teachers like Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Subhash Chandra Bose educated and inspired the youth, and journalists like Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Dadabhai Naoroji used the power of the press to spread awareness and unite the people against colonialism.

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  • 8. 

    The victories of Karikala are well portrayed in

    • A.

      Palamoli

    • B.

      Aruvanad

    • C.

      Pattinappalai

    • D.

      Padirrupattu

    Correct Answer
    C. Pattinappalai
    Explanation
    Pattinappalai is a Tamil epic poem that glorifies the victories and achievements of Karikala, a legendary Chola king. The poem vividly portrays his military conquests, diplomatic skills, and administrative abilities. It describes his successful campaigns against rival kingdoms and his efforts to expand the Chola empire. The victories of Karikala are celebrated and praised in Pattinappalai, making it a fitting choice as the medium to portray his accomplishments.

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  • 9. 

    Todar Mal was associated with

    • A.

      Music

    • B.

      Literature

    • C.

      Land revenue reforms

    • D.

      Law

    Correct Answer
    C. Land revenue reforms
    Explanation
    Todar Mal was associated with land revenue reforms. This means that he played a significant role in implementing and improving the system of collecting land revenue during the Mughal Empire. His reforms aimed to streamline the process, increase revenue collection, and ensure fair taxation. Todar Mal's expertise in finance and administration made him a valuable asset in implementing these reforms, which had a lasting impact on the revenue system in India.

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  • 10. 

    The third battle of Panipat was between the

    • A.

      Afghans and the Marathas

    • B.

      Afghans and the Sikhs

    • C.

      Marathas and the Mughals under Shah Alam II

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Afghans and the Marathas
    Explanation
    The third battle of Panipat was fought between the Afghans and the Marathas. This battle took place on January 14, 1761, in Panipat, Haryana, India. The Marathas, led by their commander-in-chief, Sadashivrao Bhau, faced off against the Afghan forces, led by Ahmad Shah Durrani, also known as Ahmad Shah Abdali. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for the Afghan forces, leading to a significant decline in Maratha power and influence in northern India.

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  • 11. 

    The title of 'Viceroy' was added to the office of the Governor-General of India for the first time in

    • A.

      1848 AD

    • B.

      1856 AD

    • C.

      1858 AD

    • D.

      1862 AD

    Correct Answer
    C. 1858 AD
    Explanation
    The title of 'Viceroy' was added to the office of the Governor-General of India for the first time in 1858 AD. This change occurred after the Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, when the British government decided to abolish the East India Company's rule and assume direct control over India. As a result, the Governor-General's position was elevated to Viceroy, signifying the British monarch's representative and supreme authority in India. This change aimed to strengthen British control and administration in the aftermath of the rebellion.

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  • 12. 

    To which of the following dynasties did Kind Bhoja, a great patron of literature and art, belong?

    • A.

      Karkota

    • B.

      Utpala

    • C.

      Paramara

    • D.

      Gurjara Pratihara

    Correct Answer
    C. Paramara
    Explanation
    King Bhoja, known as a great patron of literature and art, belonged to the Paramara dynasty. The Paramara dynasty was a Rajput dynasty that ruled in the Malwa region of central India from the 9th to the 14th centuries. King Bhoja was a renowned ruler of this dynasty and was known for his patronage of scholars, poets, and artists. He was also a prolific writer himself and contributed significantly to Sanskrit literature.

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  • 13. 

    Vikramaditya, a king of Ujjain, started the Vikrama samvat in 58 BC in commemoration of his victory over

    • A.

      Indo-Greeks

    • B.

      Sakas

    • C.

      Parthinas

    • D.

      Kushanas

    Correct Answer
    B. Sakas
    Explanation
    Vikramaditya, the king of Ujjain, started the Vikrama samvat in 58 BC to commemorate his victory over the Sakas. The Sakas were a Central Asian nomadic tribe who had invaded and ruled parts of northwestern India during that time. This victory was significant for Vikramaditya, and he established the Vikrama samvat as a new era to mark this achievement. The Sakas were known for their military prowess and their defeat by Vikramaditya solidified his power and authority as a ruler.

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  • 14. 

    Two of the great Mughals wrote their own memories. There were

    • A.

      Babar and Humayun

    • B.

      Humayun and Jahangir

    • C.

      Babar and Jahangir

    • D.

      Jahangir and Shahjahan

    Correct Answer
    C. Babar and Jahangir
    Explanation
    Babar and Jahangir were two of the great Mughals who wrote their own memories. Babar, the founder of the Mughal Empire, wrote his memoir called the "Baburnama" which provides insights into his life and the early days of the empire. Jahangir, his grandson, also wrote his memoir called the "Tuzk-e-Jahangiri" which offers a detailed account of his reign and personal experiences. Therefore, the correct answer is Babar and Jahangir.

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  • 15. 

    To which king belongs the Lion capitol at Sarnath?

    • A.

      Chandragupta

    • B.

      Ashoka

    • C.

      Kanishka

    • D.

      Harsha

    Correct Answer
    B. Ashoka
    Explanation
    The Lion capital at Sarnath belongs to Ashoka. Ashoka was a Mauryan emperor who ruled over a vast empire in ancient India from 268 to 232 BCE. He is known for his conversion to Buddhism and his efforts to spread the teachings of Buddha throughout his empire. The Lion capital, also known as the Ashoka Pillar, is a famous symbol of Ashoka's reign and is considered a significant historical artifact. It is believed to have been erected at Sarnath, a sacred Buddhist site near Varanasi, and it features four lions standing back to back, which has become the national emblem of India.

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