Chapter 4 / Ancient India

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Ancient India Quizzes & Trivia

India is a country in South Asia whose name comes from the Indus River. The name `Bharata' is used as a designation for the country in their constitution referencing the ancient mythological emperor. Chapter four covers the stories of India. Take the trivia below and test your knowledge of the country that gave us Yoga!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    India's mountains and surrounding water influenced its development by
    • A. 

      Providing contact with Asian lands

    • B. 

      Encouraging invasions by other civilizations

    • C. 

      Limiting contact between the subcontinent and the rest of the world

    • D. 

      Providing unlimited contact with the countries to the east and west

  • 2. 
    The people of India depend on the summer monsoon to
    • A. 

      Carry melting snow to the dry lands

    • B. 

      Create natural passages in the Himalaya Mountains

    • C. 

      Bring cold air to the subcontinent

    • D. 

      Carry moisture that provides seasonal rains

  • 3. 
    Archaeologists know that Mohenjo-Daro was carefully planned because
    • A. 

      The fertile soil eventually turned into desert

    • B. 

      The streets were laid out in a grid

    • C. 

      The city was built on a flat plain

    • D. 

      The city was used for farming instead of trade

  • 4. 
    One way in which Hinduism differs from the other major religions is
    • A. 

      It has no single founder

    • B. 

      Believers rely on a single sacred book

    • C. 

      It has developed fairly recently

    • D. 

      It has not attracted many followers

  • 5. 
    When the Aryan and Indian cultures blended, what religion resulted?
    • A. 

      Vedic

    • B. 

      Buddhism

    • C. 

      Hinduism

    • D. 

      Christianity

  • 6. 
    According to the Hindu belief of reincarnation, faithful followers of Hinduism
    • A. 

      Cannot escape from the cycle of death and rebirth

    • B. 

      Will be rewarded in the next life

    • C. 

      Will be reborn as animals

    • D. 

      Will not be rewarded in the next life

  • 7. 
    Buddha taught that the cure for human suffering was
    • A. 

      Worship many gods

    • B. 

      Exercise and eat healthy food

    • C. 

      Give up selfish desires

    • D. 

      Gain wealth through hard work

  • 8. 
    Like the Egyptian pharaohs, the Indian emperor Chandragupta believed in
    • A. 

      Sharing his power with governors of city-states

    • B. 

      Maintaining a small army

    • C. 

      The democratic principles of government

    • D. 

      The absolute power of the ruler

  • 9. 
    Why is Asoka considered one of India's greatest leaders?
    • A. 

      Under his rule, the Maurya empire extended across China

    • B. 

      He was a kind ruler who thought of his people as his children

    • C. 

      He used his wealth to build huge, splendid palaces

    • D. 

      He invented astronomy to predict when the Indus River would flood

  • 10. 
    To protect himself from being killed, Chandragupta
    • A. 

      Made servants taste his food

    • B. 

      Maintained an army of lions

    • C. 

      Put an end to foreign trade

    • D. 

      Took over most of China

  • 11. 
    What was a weakness of the Maurya empire that contributed to its breakup?
    • A. 

      There were food shortages

    • B. 

      After Asoka died, there were no more strong rulers

    • C. 

      There were few roads to connect the different parts of the empire

    • D. 

      The people, who had converted to Buddhism, refused to fight

  • 12. 
    A strong seasonal wind that blows across a region at certain times of year
    • A. 

      Ahimsa

    • B. 

      Caste

    • C. 

      Nirvana

    • D. 

      Monsoon

  • 13. 
    To think deeply
    • A. 

      Caste

    • B. 

      Dharma

    • C. 

      Meditate

    • D. 

      Citadel

  • 14. 
    A lasting peace that Buddhists seek
    • A. 

      Nirvana

    • B. 

      Dharma

    • C. 

      Caste

    • D. 

      Ahimsa

  • 15. 
    A large landmass that juts out from a continent
    • A. 

      Reincarnation

    • B. 

      Subcontinent

    • C. 

      Monsoon

    • D. 

      Meditate

  • 16. 
    A person who spreads his or her religious beliefs to others
    • A. 

      Nirvana

    • B. 

      Ahimsa

    • C. 

      Caste

    • D. 

      Missionary

  • 17. 
    Please select the 3 main Hindu gods
    • A. 

      Asoka

    • B. 

      Brahman

    • C. 

      Shiva

    • D. 

      Chandragupta

    • E. 

      Buddha

    • F. 

      Vishnu

  • 18. 
    Along with Knowledge and Physical what are the other two Hindu Yoga's?
    • A. 

      Brahman

    • B. 

      Devotion

    • C. 

      Wealth

    • D. 

      Reincarnation

    • E. 

      Giving

  • 19. 
    Siddhartha Gautama is known as Buddha.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    The Middle Way is also known as the Nine fold path.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    What are 2 things that are the same in Hinduism and Buddhism
    • A. 

      Monsoon

    • B. 

      Non-violence

    • C. 

      Eightfold path

    • D. 

      Reincarnation

    • E. 

      Brahman

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