Ancient India: Who Am I?

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  • 1. 

    After seeing an old man, a sick man, a dead man, and a monk, I left my life as a prince to search out the cause of all human suffering.  

    • A.

      Siddhartha Gautama

    • B.

      Gilgamesh

    • C.

      Hammurabi

    • D.

      Moses

    Correct Answer
    A. Siddhartha Gautama
    Explanation
    Siddhartha Gautama is the correct answer because the statement mentions leaving his life as a prince to search for the cause of human suffering. This aligns with the historical figure Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Buddha, as he renounced his luxurious life as a prince to seek enlightenment and understand the nature of suffering. The other options, Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, and Moses, do not have similar stories or backgrounds related to leaving their lives to search for the cause of human suffering.

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  • 2. 

    I later became known as "the enlightened one."

    • A.

      Moses

    • B.

      Siddhartha Gautama

    • C.

      Abraham

    • D.

      Ra

    Correct Answer
    B. Siddhartha Gautama
    Explanation
    Siddhartha Gautama later became known as "the enlightened one." This suggests that he achieved a state of enlightenment or awakening. This is significant because it is believed that Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Buddha, attained enlightenment after years of spiritual seeking and meditation. This event marked the beginning of his teachings and the establishment of Buddhism as a major religion.

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  • 3. 

    I am the Remover of Obstacles! (Even though it was I who got in the way of my father's visit to my mother.  Then whack! No more head!)

    • A.

      Gilgamesh

    • B.

      Ganesha

    • C.

      Shamash

    • D.

      Father Anu

    Correct Answer
    B. Ganesha
    Explanation
    The given passage mentions that the speaker is the "Remover of Obstacles" and also mentions an incident where the speaker got in the way of their father's visit to their mother, resulting in their head being whacked off. This description matches with the Hindu deity Ganesha, who is known as the Remover of Obstacles and is often depicted with an elephant head. Therefore, the correct answer is Ganesha.

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  • 4. 

    I am the Goddess of Knowledge and the Arts.  I left my husband, Brahma, because he kept sprouting heads to keep an eye on me.  Creepy!

    • A.

      Lakshmi

    • B.

      Sarasvati

    • C.

      Ishtar

    • D.

      Isis

    Correct Answer
    B. Sarasvati
    Explanation
    Sarasvati is the correct answer because she is known as the Goddess of Knowledge and the Arts. The statement mentions that the Goddess left her husband, Brahma, because he kept sprouting heads to keep an eye on her, which aligns with the mythology of Sarasvati. This explanation is supported by the fact that Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, Ishtar is the Mesopotamian Goddess of Love and War, and Isis is an ancient Egyptian Goddess associated with motherhood and magic.

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  • 5. 

    The Goddess of Wealth and Happiness, I was at the bottom of the Ocean of Milk, which explains my milky complexion.  I am a loving wife.  You will often see my rubbing my husband's feet.  

    • A.

      Lakshmi

    • B.

      Sarasvati

    • C.

      Ishtar

    • D.

      Isis

    Correct Answer
    A. Lakshmi
    Explanation
    The given description mentions that the goddess is at the bottom of the Ocean of Milk, which is a reference to Lakshmi in Hindu mythology. Additionally, it states that she has a milky complexion, which further supports the identification of the goddess as Lakshmi. The mention of being a loving wife and rubbing her husband's feet is also associated with Lakshmi in Hindu mythology, as she is considered the wife of Lord Vishnu and is often depicted massaging his feet. Therefore, the correct answer is Lakshmi.

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  • 6. 

    I ruled my empire well.  I set up a system of imperial administration so that the empire would continue to run effectively even after my death!

    • A.

      Chandragupta Maurya

    • B.

      Hammurabi

    • C.

      Siddartha Gautama

    • D.

      Sargon

    Correct Answer
    A. Chandragupta Maurya
    Explanation
    Chandragupta Maurya is the correct answer because he was an ancient Indian emperor who established a strong and efficient system of imperial administration. He implemented various administrative reforms, such as dividing the empire into provinces and appointing governors to ensure effective governance. Chandragupta Maurya's efforts were aimed at ensuring the smooth functioning of the empire even after his death, indicating his successful rule and foresight in setting up a sustainable administrative system.

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  • 7. 

    I sought out how to end suffering.

    • A.

      Hammurabi

    • B.

      Gilgamesh

    • C.

      Siddhartha Gautama

    • D.

      Enkidu

    Correct Answer
    C. Siddhartha Gautama
    Explanation
    Siddhartha Gautama is the correct answer because he is widely known as the founder of Buddhism and his teachings revolve around the concept of ending suffering. Gautama, also known as the Buddha, dedicated his life to understanding the causes of suffering and finding a way to overcome it. He taught the Four Noble Truths, which state that suffering exists, there is a cause for suffering, suffering can be overcome, and there is a path to end suffering. Therefore, Gautama's quest to end suffering aligns with the statement given in the question.

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  • 8. 

    During my rule, the arts and sciences flourished.  It was the Golden Age of India!

    • A.

      Chandragupta Maurya

    • B.

      Ashoka

    • C.

      Chandragupta I

    • D.

      Chandragupta II

    Correct Answer
    D. Chandragupta II
    Explanation
    Chandragupta II, also known as Chandragupta Vikramaditya, was a ruler of the Gupta Empire in India. His reign is often referred to as the Golden Age of India because it was a period of great prosperity and cultural development. Under his rule, the arts and sciences flourished, with advancements in fields such as mathematics, astronomy, and literature. Chandragupta II's patronage of scholars and artists contributed to the overall growth and prosperity of the Gupta Empire, making him the correct answer for this question.

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  • 9. 

    I united the Indian subcontinent, using the conquering techniques of Alexander the Great as my model.

    • A.

      Chandragupta Maurya

    • B.

      Ashoka

    • C.

      Chandragupta I

    • D.

      Chandragupta II

    Correct Answer
    A. Chandragupta Maurya
    Explanation
    Chandragupta Maurya is the correct answer because he was the founder of the Maurya Empire in ancient India and is known for uniting the Indian subcontinent. He adopted the conquering techniques of Alexander the Great, such as using a well-organized army and implementing administrative reforms, to expand his empire and establish his rule over a vast territory. Chandragupta Maurya's reign marked a significant period of political and cultural development in India.

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  • 10. 

    I began my rule as my father and grandfather had – by being harsh.  After a bloody invasion, I changed my ways and turned against violence.  

    • A.

      Chandragupta Maurya

    • B.

      Siddhartha Guatama

    • C.

      Ashoka

    • D.

      Chandragupta i

    Correct Answer
    C. Ashoka
    Explanation
    The given passage describes a ruler who initially followed the harsh rule of his father and grandfather but later changed his ways and turned against violence after a bloody invasion. This description matches the historical figure Ashoka, who was the third emperor of the Maurya Dynasty in ancient India. Ashoka is known for his transformation from a ruthless conqueror to a ruler who embraced Buddhism and promoted peace and non-violence.

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  • 11. 

    I  believed that government was the science of punishment!

    • A.

      Chandragupta Maurya

    • B.

      Chandragupta II

    • C.

      Ayabatha

    • D.

      Budha

    Correct Answer
    A. Chandragupta Maurya
    Explanation
    Chandragupta Maurya is the correct answer because he was the founder of the Maurya Empire and the first emperor to unify most of the Indian subcontinent. He implemented a centralized and efficient administrative system, including a well-organized bureaucracy and a strong military. While it is not clear what specific context or statement is being referred to, it is possible that Chandragupta Maurya believed that government was primarily concerned with maintaining order and enforcing punishment, which aligns with his establishment of a strong and disciplined empire.

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  • 12. 

    I spread Buddhism throughout India and placed pillars detailing the correct way to live throughout the empire.

    • A.

      Chandragupta Maurya

    • B.

      Siddhartha Guatama

    • C.

      Ashoka

    • D.

      Chandragupta i

    Correct Answer
    C. Ashoka
    Explanation
    Ashoka is the correct answer because he was an emperor of the Maurya dynasty who played a crucial role in spreading Buddhism throughout India. After witnessing the violence and suffering caused by his conquests, he embraced Buddhism and became a patron of the religion. Ashoka erected pillars throughout his empire, known as Ashoka pillars, which detailed Buddhist teachings and the principles of righteous living. These pillars served as a way to communicate his message and ensure that his subjects were aware of the correct way to live according to Buddhist principles.

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  • 13. 

    I am the the creator!

    • A.

      Brahman

    • B.

      Vishnu

    • C.

      Sarasvati

    • D.

      Ganesha

    Correct Answer
    A. Brahman
    Explanation
    Brahman is the correct answer because Brahman is the ultimate reality or the supreme cosmic power in Hinduism. It is considered to be the creator of the universe and the source of all existence. Brahman is often depicted as an abstract concept or as a formless entity that transcends all limitations. In this context, the statement "I am the creator!" aligns with the concept of Brahman being the creator of everything.

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  • 14. 

    I am the the destroyer!

    • A.

      Brahman

    • B.

      Vishnu

    • C.

      Shiva

    • D.

      Ganesha

    Correct Answer
    C. Shiva
    Explanation
    Shiva is known as the destroyer in Hindu mythology. He is one of the three major deities in the Hindu trinity, alongside Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva is often associated with destruction and transformation, as he is believed to be responsible for the dissolution of the universe to pave the way for its recreation. He is also seen as a symbol of power, destruction of evil, and the ultimate reality or Brahman. Therefore, the given answer, Shiva, is correct based on his role as the destroyer in Hindu mythology.

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  • 15. 

    I am the the preserver!

    • A.

      Brahman

    • B.

      Vishnu

    • C.

      Shiva

    • D.

      Ganesha

    Correct Answer
    B. Vishnu
    Explanation
    Vishnu is considered the preserver in Hinduism. He is one of the principal deities and is believed to maintain the balance and order of the universe. Vishnu is often depicted as resting on a serpent and holding a lotus flower, symbolizing his divine presence. He is also known for his avatars, including Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. As the preserver, Vishnu ensures the continuity of life and protects the world from destruction.

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