Trivia Question On Indian History !

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Those of you who have been studying the Indian Freedom Struggle as part 1 of their history studies will be put to the test in this quiz, featuring questions on topics like Robert Clive, the British Empire’s effect, Bahadur Shah Zafar and the Indian National Congress. How much do you know? Give it a try and review your quiz thereafter!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The decline of which last pan-Indian empire in the 18th century AD provided the British to establish a firm foothold in India?

    • A.

      Sultanate

    • B.

      Mughal

    • C.

      Rajput

    • D.

      Maurya

    Correct Answer
    B. Mughal
    Explanation
    The Mughal Empire declined in the 18th century AD, which allowed the British to establish a firm foothold in India. The decline of the Mughal Empire was due to a combination of factors, including weak leadership, internal conflicts, and external invasions. As the Mughal Empire weakened, the British East India Company took advantage of the power vacuum and gradually gained control over different regions of India. This eventually led to the establishment of British colonial rule in India.

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  • 2. 

    Which decisive battle between the East India Company led by Robert Clive and Bengal, led by Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula in 1757, helped the British have a say in Indian political affairs? 

    • A.

      Battle of Buxar

    • B.

      Battle of Plassey

    • C.

      Battle of Talikot

    • D.

      Battle of Bengal

    Correct Answer
    B. Battle of Plassey
    Explanation
    The Battle of Plassey in 1757 was a decisive battle between the East India Company led by Robert Clive and Bengal led by Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula. This battle resulted in a significant victory for the British and marked the beginning of British political dominance in India. The defeat of Siraj-ud-Daula weakened the Bengal state and allowed the East India Company to establish its control over Bengal. This battle paved the way for the British to expand their influence and control over other parts of India, ultimately leading to their political rule over the entire subcontinent.

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  • 3. 

    1835 was a key year in the British rule of India - a decision made by the British empire then has its effects felt to this day. What was the decision taken?

    • A.

      Handover of power from East India company to British Empire

    • B.

      Defeat of French forces by East India Company

    • C.

      Introduction of English as a medium of instruction in Indian schools

    • D.

      Allowing Indians to travel abroad

    Correct Answer
    C. Introduction of English as a medium of instruction in Indian schools
    Explanation
    In 1835, the British Empire made the decision to introduce English as a medium of instruction in Indian schools. This decision had significant and long-lasting effects on the education system and society in India. It led to the spread of English education among the Indian population, which eventually played a crucial role in the development of a class of English-educated Indians who became leaders in various fields, including politics, law, and administration. The introduction of English also facilitated communication and interaction between the British rulers and the Indian subjects, further consolidating British control over India.

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  • 4. 

    The defeat of which South Indian ruler, in 1799, helped the British to extend their control to all the southern provinces of India, either directly or indirectly?

    • A.

      Raja Wodeyar of Mysore

    • B.

      Nizam of Hyderabad

    • C.

      Hyder Ali

    • D.

      Tipu Sultan

    Correct Answer
    D. Tipu Sultan
    Explanation
    Tipu Sultan (20 November 1750 – 4 May 1799), also known as the Tiger of Mysore, was a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore and a scholar, soldier and poet.

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  • 5. 

    Which watershed event in the Indian Freedom Struggle resulted in the British Empire taking over control of India from the East India Company which had been directly controlling British provinces in India till then?

    • A.

      Sepoy Mutiny of Vellore

    • B.

      Rebellion of 1857 - also known as the First War of Indian Independence

    • C.

      Anglo-Mysore Wars

    • D.

      Anglo-Sikh Wars

    Correct Answer
    B. Rebellion of 1857 - also known as the First War of Indian Independence
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Rebellion of 1857 - also known as the First War of Indian Independence. This event marked a significant turning point in the Indian Freedom Struggle as it led to the British Empire taking over control of India from the East India Company. The rebellion was a widespread uprising against British rule and had a lasting impact on the Indian independence movement.

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  • 6. 

    What was the name of the annexation policy brought about by Lord Dalhousie, the Governor General of India (1848-1856) that allowed the East Indian Company to wrest control of any princely state that had sought protection of the Britishers in case the princely state had a ruler was either incompetent or died without a direct heir?

    • A.

      Doctrine of Lapse

    • B.

      Doctrine of Dalhousie

    • C.

      Doctrine of Control

    • D.

      Doctrine of 1848

    Correct Answer
    A. Doctrine of Lapse
    Explanation
    At the time of its adoption, the East India Company had absolute, imperial administrative jurisdiction over many regions spread over the subcontinent. The company took over the princely states of Satara (1848), Jaitpur and Sambalpur (1849), Nagpur and Jhansi (1854), Tanjore and Arcot (1855), Udaipur and Awadh (1856) using this doctrine.

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  • 7. 

    What is Mangal Pandey's role in the First War of Indian Independence?

    • A.

      He was responsible for leading the capture of Delhi from the British

    • B.

      He was a revolutionary whose speeches caused the Hindus and Muslims to rise against the Britishers.

    • C.

      He was an Indian Sepoy whose act of killing a high ranking British officer inspired Indian sepoys in Barrackpore and Meerut to rise up against the British in mutiny, signalling the start of the First War of Indian Independence.

    • D.

      He was the first man to hurl a country made bomb against a British officer

    Correct Answer
    C. He was an Indian Sepoy whose act of killing a high ranking British officer inspired Indian sepoys in Barrackpore and Meerut to rise up against the British in mutiny, signalling the start of the First War of Indian Independence.
    Explanation
    Mangal Pandey played a significant role in the First War of Indian Independence as an Indian Sepoy. His act of killing a high-ranking British officer served as an inspiration for other Indian sepoys in Barrackpore and Meerut, leading them to revolt against the British in mutiny. This event marked the beginning of the First War of Indian Independence.

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  • 8. 

    To which country did the Britishers exile Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last ruler of the Mughal Empire, after accusing him of conspiring to overthrow the East India Company rule along with other participating rulers in the 1857 war of Indian Independence?

    • A.

      South Africa

    • B.

      Ceylon - Currently SriLanka

    • C.

      Thailand

    • D.

      Rangoon - Currently Burma

    Correct Answer
    D. Rangoon - Currently Burma
    Explanation
    After being accused of conspiring against the East India Company rule in the 1857 war of Indian Independence, Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last ruler of the Mughal Empire, was exiled to Rangoon, which is currently known as Burma.

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  • 9. 

    1885 marked another key year in the years of freedom struggle in India. It marked the formation of one of the key organizations that spear headed the struggle for freedom. What organization was it?

    • A.

      Arya Samaj

    • B.

      Brahmo Samaj

    • C.

      Indian National Congress

    • D.

      All Indian Kisan Sabha

    Correct Answer
    C. Indian National Congress
    Explanation
    In 1885, the Indian National Congress was formed, which became one of the key organizations in the freedom struggle of India. The Indian National Congress played a crucial role in mobilizing and uniting people from different regions and communities to fight for independence from British rule. It became a platform for leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru to advocate for the rights and aspirations of the Indian people. Through various movements and campaigns, the Indian National Congress played a significant role in shaping the course of India's struggle for freedom.

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  • 10. 

    Which three Indian leaders, who represented the radical faction of Indian National Congress that demanded 'Purna Swaraj (Complete Freedom) by direct revolution and civil agitation, were popularly known as Lal, Bal and Pal?

    • A.

      Lala Lajpat Rai, Balgangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal

    • B.

      Lala Lajpat Rai, Balgangadhar Tilak and Mahendra Pal

    • C.

      LalSingh Rai, Balgangadhar Tilak and Mahendra Pal

    • D.

      LalSingh Rai, Bala Thakur and Mahendra Pal

    Correct Answer
    A. Lala Lajpat Rai, Balgangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal
    Explanation
    Lala Lajpat Rai, Balgangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal were known as Lal, Bal, and Pal respectively. These three leaders represented the radical faction of the Indian National Congress and advocated for Purna Swaraj (Complete Freedom) through direct revolution and civil agitation. They played a significant role in India's struggle for independence and were instrumental in mobilizing the masses against British rule.

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