General Knowledge Trivia On Indian History!

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  • 1. 

    The zamindari in Mughal India was not

    • A.

      A saleable right

    • B.

      Hereditary

    • C.

      Ownership of land

    • D.

      Morgageable

    Correct Answer
    A. A saleable right
    Explanation
    The zamindari system in Mughal India did not allow the zamindars (landlords) to sell their rights over the land. The ownership of land was hereditary, meaning it was passed down from one generation to another within the zamindar's family. However, the zamindars had the authority to collect revenue from the peasants who cultivated the land. This system did not allow for the sale of zamindari rights, making it a non-saleable right. Additionally, the zamindars were not able to mortgage their rights over the land.

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  • 2. 

    The use of spinning wheel (Charkha) became common during the

    • A.

      9th Century AD

    • B.

      10th Century AD

    • C.

      12th Century AD

    • D.

      14th Century AD

    Correct Answer
    D. 14th Century AD
    Explanation
    The spinning wheel, also known as the Charkha, became common during the 14th Century AD. This invention revolutionized the process of spinning yarn, making it faster and more efficient. Prior to the spinning wheel, spinning was done by hand using a drop spindle, which was a slow and labor-intensive process. The spinning wheel allowed for larger quantities of yarn to be produced in a shorter amount of time, leading to increased textile production. This advancement in spinning technology played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution and the growth of the textile industry.

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  • 3. 

    The language of discourses of Gautama Buddha was

    • A.

      Bhojpuri

    • B.

      Magadhi

    • C.

      Pali

    • D.

      Sanskrit

    Correct Answer
    C. Pali
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Pali because Pali was the language used by Gautama Buddha to deliver his discourses. Pali is a Middle Indo-Aryan language that was spoken in ancient India. It was the vernacular language of the region where Buddha lived and taught, and it became the language of his teachings and scriptures. Pali was chosen as the language for Buddhist texts because it was understood by the common people of that time and region. It is still used as a liturgical language in Theravada Buddhism.

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  • 4. 

    There were widespread risings against the British in the 1820s. Which one of the following did not revolt in the 1820s?

    • A.

      Santhals

    • B.

      Ahoms

    • C.

      Pagal Panthis

    • D.

      Ramosi

    Correct Answer
    A. Santhals
    Explanation
    The Santhals did not revolt in the 1820s. The Ahoms, Pagal Panthis, and Ramosi were all involved in widespread risings against the British during this time period. However, there is no record of the Santhals participating in any revolts against the British in the 1820s.

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  • 5. 

    Velu Thampi led a revolt against the British in state of

    • A.

      Travancore

    • B.

      Baroda

    • C.

      Hyderabad

    • D.

      Mysore

    Correct Answer
    A. Travancore
    Explanation
    Velu Thampi led a revolt against the British in the state of Travancore. This indicates that the correct answer is Travancore.

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  • 6. 

    Under the Mountbatten Plan of 1947 the people of ___ were given the right to decide through a plebiscite whether they wished to join Pakistan or India.

    • A.

      Assam

    • B.

      Punjab

    • C.

      Bengal

    • D.

      N.W.F.P and the Sylhet district of Assam

    Correct Answer
    D. N.W.F.P and the Sylhet district of Assam
    Explanation
    Under the Mountbatten Plan of 1947, the people of N.W.F.P (North-West Frontier Province) and the Sylhet district of Assam were given the right to decide through a plebiscite whether they wished to join Pakistan or India. This means that the residents of these regions were given the opportunity to vote and determine their own political future, either by becoming a part of Pakistan or India based on their preferences.

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  • 7. 

    Three major powers that emerged in southern India in the 7th century AD were
    1. Cheras
    2. Cholas
    3. Chalukyas
    4. Pallavas
    5. Pandyas

    • A.

      I, II, V

    • B.

      II, III, IV

    • C.

      III, IV, V

    • D.

      I, II, IV

    Correct Answer
    A. I, II, V
    Explanation
    In the 7th century AD, three major powers that emerged in southern India were the Cheras, Cholas, and Pandyas. This is indicated by the correct answer choice, which includes options I, II, and V. The Cheras, Cholas, and Pandyas were prominent dynasties that ruled over different regions in southern India during this time period. The other options, III and IV, do not include all three of these dynasties, making them incorrect.

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  • 8. 

    The term 'Yavanapriya' mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts denoted

    • A.

      Ivory

    • B.

      Pepper

    • C.

      A fine variety of Indian muslin

    • D.

      Damsels sent to the Greek court for dance performance

    Correct Answer
    B. Pepper
    Explanation
    The term 'Yavanapriya' mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts denoted pepper. This is because Yavana refers to the Greeks, and priya means beloved or favorite. Pepper was highly valued and sought after by the Greeks, making it a beloved and favorite spice. Therefore, 'Yavanapriya' refers to pepper in the context of ancient Sanskrit texts.

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  • 9. 

    The Timariots Governors and the Revenue Contractors, on their part reason in this manner: "Why should the neglected state of this land create uneasiness in our minds and why should we expend our money and time to render it fruitful? We may be deprived of it in a single moment, and our exertions would benefit neither ourselves nor our children." This statement was made by

    • A.

      Monserrate

    • B.

      Tavernier

    • C.

      Manrique

    • D.

      Bernier

    Correct Answer
    D. Bernier
    Explanation
    The given statement reflects the reasoning of the Timariots Governors and the Revenue Contractors. They question why they should invest their money and time to improve the neglected state of the land when they could potentially be deprived of it at any moment. They believe that their efforts would not benefit themselves or their children. Therefore, the correct answer is Bernier.

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  • 10. 

    The ultimate ownership of land during the post-Gupta period lay with

    • A.

      The cultivator

    • B.

      The village community

    • C.

      The king

    • D.

      The joint family

    Correct Answer
    C. The king
    Explanation
    During the post-Gupta period, the ultimate ownership of land lay with the king. This means that the king had the final authority and control over the land. The king could grant land to individuals or communities, but ultimately, the ownership remained with the king. This system allowed the king to maintain control over the land and ensure the collection of taxes and revenue from agricultural activities. The cultivator, village community, and joint family may have had rights to use the land, but the ultimate ownership and control rested with the king.

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  • 11. 

    To which of the republic of Buddha belong?

    • A.

      Licchavis

    • B.

      Sakyas

    • C.

      Mallas

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Sakyas
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Sakyas. The Sakyas were a republic in ancient India and were one of the sixteen Mahajanapadas (great kingdoms) during the time of Buddha. They were located in the region of present-day Nepal and were ruled by a council of elders. The Sakyas are particularly significant because Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Buddha, was born into the Sakya clan. Therefore, the republic of Buddha belonged to the Sakyas.

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  • 12. 

    To express it is modern terms, the Mughal forces were composed of

    • A.

      Cavalry and infantry

    • B.

      Cavalry and artillery

    • C.

      Infantry, artillery and navy

    • D.

      Infantry, cavalry, artillery and navy

    Correct Answer
    D. Infantry, cavalry, artillery and navy
    Explanation
    The Mughal forces were composed of infantry, cavalry, artillery, and navy. This means that their military consisted of foot soldiers, mounted soldiers, cannons, and a naval fleet. Having a diverse range of forces allowed the Mughals to effectively engage in battles on land and at sea, giving them an advantage in warfare.

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  • 13. 

    There was a sharp class division at Harappa and Mohen-jodaro. This is clear from the

    • A.

      Indus seals excavated

    • B.

      Religious beliefs of the Harappans

    • C.

      Tools and implements used by the Harappans

    • D.

      Different types of dwellings excavated

    Correct Answer
    D. Different types of dwellings excavated
    Explanation
    The presence of different types of dwellings excavated suggests a sharp class division at Harappa and Mohen-jodaro. This indicates that people of different social statuses lived in different types of houses, indicating a clear distinction between the upper and lower classes. The existence of such class divisions is further supported by the fact that the other options (Indus seals excavated, religious beliefs of the Harappans, tools and implements used by the Harappans) do not directly imply a class division.

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  • 14. 

    The title given by the British Government to Mahatma Gandhi which he surrendered during the non-cooperation movement was

    • A.

      Hind Keasri

    • B.

      Kaiser-e-Hind

    • C.

      Rai Bahadur

    • D.

      Rt. Honorable

    Correct Answer
    B. Kaiser-e-Hind
    Explanation
    During the non-cooperation movement, Mahatma Gandhi was given the title "Kaiser-e-Hind" by the British Government. However, he later surrendered this title as a symbol of his opposition to British rule and his commitment to the cause of Indian independence. The title "Kaiser-e-Hind" was a Persian term meaning "Emperor of India" and was bestowed upon prominent individuals by the British Government as a mark of honor and recognition. Gandhi's decision to surrender this title demonstrated his rejection of British authority and his dedication to the Indian freedom struggle.

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  • 15. 

    Tipu sultan was the ruler of

    • A.

      Hyderabad

    • B.

      Madurai

    • C.

      Mysore

    • D.

      Vijayanagar

    Correct Answer
    C. Mysore
    Explanation
    Tipu Sultan was the ruler of Mysore. He was a prominent figure in Indian history, known for his resistance against the British East India Company. Tipu Sultan was a skilled military strategist and implemented several administrative reforms in Mysore. He fought against the British in a series of wars, known as the Anglo-Mysore Wars. His reign in Mysore lasted from 1782 until his death in 1799.

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