UPSC Level 2 History Pre Quiz #21

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#1 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the burial practices of Harrapan people? 1. Dead bodies were generally rested in north-south direction with their head towards north and the feet towards south. 2. At Lothal three joint or double burials with male and female bodies together were discovered. 3. Kalibangan has yielded evidence of a symbolic burial i.e., a burial which contains pots but no bones or skeleton. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#2 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the writing skills of Harrapan people? 1. The Harappans used ideograms i.e., a graphic symbol or character to convey the idea directly. 2. Some inscriptions are thought to have followes boustrophedonic style. 3. The inscriptions are thought to have been mostly written from left to right. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#3 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the decline of Harrapan civilisation? 1. Natural calamities such as floods and earthquakes might have caused the decline of the civilization. 2. Increased aridity and drying up of the river GhaggarHarka on account of the changes in river courses might have contributed to the decline. 3. The Harappan civilization was destroyed by the Aryans who came to India from north-west around 1500 BC. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#4 Consider the following statements: 1. The Harappan civilization appeared all of a sudden 2. Better technology to exploit the fertile plains of river Indus might have resulted in increased agricultural production. Which of the above statements is/are correct?

#5 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the town planning during the Harrapan Period? 1. The most interesting urban feature of Harappan civilization is its town-planning 2. The drainage system of the Harappans was elaborate and well laidout 3. The main street is connected by narrow lanes 4. The residential buildings are built in the upper town (citadal)Select the answer from the codes given below:

#6 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Great Bath of Mohenjodaro ? 1. It is surrounded by corridors on all sides and is approached at either end a by a flights of steps in north and south 2. A thin layer of bitumen was applied to the bed of the Bath to ensure that water did not seep in. 3. Water was supplied by a large well in an adjacent room 4. There was no drain for the outlet of the water was a big fault Select the answer from the codes given below-

#7 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Vedic Period? 1. The word ‘Veda’ is derived from the root ‘vid’, which means to know. 2. The Yajur Veda is set to tune for the purpose of chanting during sacrifce. 3. The Vedic hymns were sung in praise of various gods and godesses. 4. The Rig Veda is the earliest of the four Vedas and it consists of 1028 hymns. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#8 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Rig Vedic society? 1. The vis or clan was the basic unit of the Rigvedic society. 2. Family was patriarchal in nature. 3. Monogamy was the usual norm of marriage but polygamy was also practiced. 4. Marriages took place after attaining maturity. Select the answer from the codes given below-

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#10 Consider the following statements: 1. Iron was not used during the Later Vedic Period. 2. The four divisions of society (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas and Sudras) or the Varna system was thoroughly established during the Later Vedic period. 3. Gods like Indra and Agni lost their importance during the Later Vedic Period. Which of the above statement(s) is / are correct?

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