UPSC Level 2 History Pre Quiz #23

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#1 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the contribution of Buddhism to Indian culture? 1. The concept of ahimsa was its chief contribution 2. Its contribution to the art and architecture of India was notable. 3. It promoted education through residential universities like those at Taxila, Nalanda and Vikramasila. 4. The language of Pali and other local languages developed through the teachings of Buddhism. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#2 Consider the following statements regarding Jaina religion? 1. Jain religion does believe in worshipping an individual. 2. It worships the real qualities of a soul who has attained the state of ‘Jin’. 3. ‘Jin’ is one who has destroyed the veils of Karmas on knowledge, intuition and power of soul. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#3 Of all the kingdoms of north India, Magadha emerged as most powerful and prosperous because- 1. The strategic position of Magadh between the upper and lower part of the Gangetic valley was a great advantage. 2. It had a fertile soil. 3. The iron ores in the hills near Rajgir and copper and iron deposits near Gaya added to its natural assets. 4. It was located at the centre of the highways of trade of those days which contributed to its wealth. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#4 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to Bimbisara? 1. Bimbisara belonged to the Haryanka dynasty. 2. He was given the Kasi region as dowry which yielded large revenue. 3. He was a contemporary of both Mahavira and Buddha. 4. He maintained friendly relations with Anga. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#5 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Mauryan king Ashoka? 1. He suppressed a revolt in Taxila during his father Bindusara’s reign. 2. According to Taranatha of Tibet Asoka captured power after killing his ninety-nine brothers. 3. The effects of the Kalinga war were described by Asoka himself in the Rock edict XIII. 4. Asoka embraced Buddhism under the influence of Buddhist monk, Upagupta. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#6 Consider the following statements: 1. Pushyamitra Sunga was a staunch follower of Buddhism. 2. During the reign of Pushyamitra Sunga the Buddhist monuments at Bharhut and Sanchi were renovated and further improved. Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

#7 Consider the following statements: 1. There was a remarkable progress in the fields of trade and industry during the Satavahana rule. 2. The greatest port of the Satavahanas was Kalyani on the west Deccan. Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

#8 Which of the following are the salient features of Gandhara art? 1. Moulding human body in a realistic manner with minute attention to physical features like muscles, moustache and curly hair. 2. Thick drapery with large and bold fold lines. 3. Rich carving, elaborate ornamentation and symbolic expressions. 4. The main theme was the new form of Buddhism – Mahayanism – and the evolution of an image of Buddha. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#9 Which of the following statements are correct regarding Chandragupta Maurya? 1. He was the first ruler who unified entire India under one political unit. 2. Kautilya was the real architect of the Mauryan Empire and was also the Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya. 3. Buddhist sources like Mahavamsa and Dipavamsa describe Chandragupta Maurya as a person of humble origin. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#10 Which of the following statements is not correct with regarding the Maurya king Ashoka?

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