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Ancient History Questions and Answers


1. The party which observed ‘Black day’ on 3 July, 1947 against partition of India was—
(A) Indian National Congress
(B) Forward Bloc
(C) Hindu Mahasabha
(D) Communist Party of India


2. Who was the author of ‘Pather Dabi’ a novel which glorified the path of violent revolution and which was banned by the British Government ?
(A) Premchand
(B) Sharatchandra Chatterji
(C) Bankimchandra Chatterji
(D) Ajai Ghosh


3. The newspaper ‘Man in India’ was edited by
(A) Surjit Chadra Sinha
(B) Ashok Kumar Sarkar
(C) Ram Gopal Maheshwari
(D) Shiv Prasad Gupta


4. Who edited “Sahid Bhagat Singh : Dastavejo Ke Aine Mein” ?
(A) Irfan Habib
(B) Malavinder Jit Singh
(C) Chaman Lal
(D) Amalesh Tripathi


5. Which of the following writers was not associated with ‘economic nationalism’ ?
(A) R. C. Dutt
(B) G. V. Joshi
(C) Dadabhai Naoroji
(D) Annie Besant


6. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R)—
Assertion (A) : Dadabhai Naoroji founded East India Association in London.
Reason (R) : He wanted to influence the British Public Opinion.
In the context of the above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(A) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)
(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false
(D) (R) is true, but (A) is false


7. Which one of the following was not a member of the Hunter committee set up to enquire into the Jallianwala bagh massacre ?
(A) Lord Hunter
(B) General Dyer
(C) W. F. Rice
(D) Sir Thomas Smith


8. Which one of the following was not a slave of Mohammad Ghori ?
(A) Ikhtiyaruddin Bhakhtiyar Khalji
(B) Tajuddin Yaldauz
(C) Qutbuddin Aibak
(D) Shamsuddin Iltutmish


9. Who among the following writers has described the seven fold division of the Hindu society ?
(A) Ibn Khordadbah
(B) Abu zaid-Alhasan
(C) Al-Beruni
(D) Utbi


10. The foreign invader who plundered somnath temple was—
(A) Mohammad Ghori
(B) Masud III
(C) Muhammad Bin-Qasim
(D) Mahmud Ghaznavi


11. The first hand account of conquest of India by Mohammad Ghori and the history of newly established Turkish kingdom is found in which of the following texts ?
(A) Faqra-i-Muddabir
(B) Qamil-ut-Tawarikha
(C) Tabaqat-i-Nasiri
(D) Kitab-ul-Yamini


12. Select from the following options, the Arab invader who defeated Dahira, the king of Sindh in 712 A.D.—
(A) Budail
(B) Muhammad-bin-Qasim
(C) Sultan Mahmud
(D) Ubaidullah


13. Which one of the following is not correctly matched ?
(A) Diwan-i-Mushtakharaj – Alauddin Khalji
(B) Diwan-i-Amirkohi – Mohammad Tughlaq
(C) Diwan-i-Khairat – Firoz Shah Tughlaq
(D) Diwan-i-Riyasat – Balban


14. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R)—
Assertion (A) : Alauddin built the siri fort.
Reason (R) : He wished to safeguard Delhi from Mongol invasions.
In the context of the above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(A) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)
(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false
(D) (R) is true, but (A) is false


15. The statement “India is not Arabia, it is not  practically feasible to convert it into Darul Islam.” is associated with—
(A) Iltutmish
(B) Balban
(C) Alauddin Khalji
(D) Mohammad-Bin-Tughlaq


16. With which sultan of Delhi do you associate the compilation of Kingship theory and principles of administration called ‘vassayya’ ?
(A) Iltutmish
(B) Balban
(C) Alauddin Khalji
(D) Firoz Shah Tughlaq


17. Which of the following is correct ?
(A) The ministers during the Sultanate period were appointed and dismissed by the Khalifa
(B) The inisters during the Sultanate period were appointed and dismissed by the Ulema
(C) The ministers during the Sultanate period were appointed and dismissed by the Qazi
(D) The ministers during the Sultanate period were appointed and dismissed by the Sultan


18. Which one of the following works of Amir Khusrau deals with the military expeditions of Alauddin Khalji ?
(A) Nuh Siphar
(B) Khajain-ul-Futuh
(C) Miftah-ul-Futuh
(D) Quairanus Sadain


19. Given below are two statements labelled as Assertion (A) and Reason (R)— 
Assertion (A) : Bahlol’s theory was ‘Kingship is kinship’.
Reason (R) : Bahlol respected Afghan tribal sentiments.
In the context of the above statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(A) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)
(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false
(D) (R) is true, but (A) is false


20. What was the religion of the king Krishna deva Raya ?
(A) Vaishnavism
(B) Shaivism
(C) Jainism
(D) Buddhism


21. In which capacity thousands of women were employed in the empire of Vijayanagar ?
(A) Accountants
(B) Royal bodyguards
(C) Palace guards
(D) All of the above


22. Select the correct chronological order of following reformers of the medieval Bhakti movements by using code given below—
1. Namdeva
2. Vallabhacharya
3. Ramananda
4. Kabir
(A) 1, 2, 3, 4
(B) 2, 3, 4, 1
(C) 3, 4, 1, 2
(D) 4, 1, 2, 3


23. Who was the founder of Pushti marg ?
(A) Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
(B) Vallabhacharya
(C) Madhavacharya
(D) Yamunacharya


24. Who was the founder of Qalandariya sect ?
(A) Skeikh Badiuddin Shah
(B) Kutubuddin Kalandar
(C) Shah Abdullah
(D) Abdul Aziza Makki


25. In which Hindu Kingdom of medieval India the image of deity Tirupati or Lord Venkate shvara has been depicted on its gold coins ?
(A) The Vijayanagar Empire
(B) The Kingdom of Hoyasalas of Dwarasa mudra
(C) The Kingdom of Kakathiyas of Warrangal
(D) The Kingdom of Yadavas of Devagiri


26. Who built the city of Nagalapura ?
(A) Bukka I
(B) Devaraya I
(C) Krishnadeva Raya
(D) Virupaksha


27. In which language did Babur wrote his autobiography ?
(A) Farsee
(B) Arabi
(C) Turki
(D) None of the above


28. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R)—
Assertion (A) : Akbar was the greatest among the Mughal emperors and one among the great rulers of India.
Reason (R) : He was an ambitious ruler. In the context of the above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(A) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not a correct explanation of (A)
(C) (A) is true, but (R) is false
(D) (A) is false, but (R) is true


29. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the lists—
List-I (Sufi order)
(a) Qadiriya order 
(b) Firdausiya order
(c) Chistiya order 
(d) Suhrawardia order
List-II (Sufi Saints)
1. Khwaja Nizamuddin
2. Shaikh Shahabuddin
3. Shaikh Sharfuddin Yahya Manairi
4. Shaikh Abdul Qadir Gilani
Codes :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 2 4 3 1
(B) 3 2 4 1
(C) 1 3 2 4
(D) 4 3 1 2


30. To whom did Shaikh Nizamuddin Auliya bestow the title of ‘Ain-i-Hind (Mirror of India) ?
(A) Shaikh Sirajuddin Usmani
(B) Shaikh Nasiruddin Chirag Dehlavi
(C) Khwaja Syed Muhammad Gesudaraj
(D) Shaikh Bahauddin Zakaria


31. Given below are two statements labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R)—
Assertion (A) : Mughal emperors from Humayun to Jahangir were obsessed with ‘Nur’ or light.
Reason (R) : They considered kingship as a light emanating from God to king. In the context of the above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(A) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(B) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)
(C) (A) is the true, but (R) is false
(D) (A) is false, but (R) is true


32. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer by using the code given below the lists—
List-I (Years)
(a) 1527 A.D. 
(b) 1540 A.D.
(c) 1565 A.D. 
(d) 1575 A.D.
List-II (Events)
1. Battle of Tukarai 
2. Battle of Talikota
3. Battle of Kanwah 
4. Battle of Kannauj
Codes :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 1 2 3 4
(B) 2 3 4 1
(C) 3 4 2 1
(D) 4 1 3 2


33. When was the famous ‘Treaty of Chittor’ signed during the reign of Jahangir ?
(A) 1605 A.D.
(B) 1610 A.D.
(C) 1615 A.D.
(D) 1620 A.D.


34. Which Mughal emperor wrote a will and instructed his sons, that they continue Asad Khan as the vazir ?
(A) Akbar
(B) Jahangir
(C) Shahjahan
(D) Aurangzeb


35. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer, using the code given below the lists—
List-I (Year)
(a) 1627 A.D. 
(b) 1659 A.D.
(c) 1666 A.D. 
(d) 1674 A.D.
List-II (Events)
1. Shivaji crowned himself at Raigarh and assumed title of Maharaja Chhatrapati.
2. Escape of Shivaji from Agra.
3. Birth of Shivaji.
4. Afzal, Khan was killed by Shivaji.
Codes :
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 2 3 4 1
(B) 3 4 2 1
(C) 3 2 1 4 (D) 1 3 4 2





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