UPSC Level 2 History Pre Quiz #25

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#1 Which of the following statements are correct regarding Taj Mahal? 1. Humayun’s tomb may be considered the precursor of the Taj Mahal. 2. The pietra dura style of decoration started with Taj Mahal. 3. Taj Mahal contains all the architectural forms developed by the Mughals. 4. The chief glory of the Taj Mahal is the massive dome and the four slender minarets. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#2 Which of the following statements are correct regarding Paintings during Mughal period? 1. Humayun brought with him two painters – Mir Sayyid Ali and Abdal Samad to India. 2. Mughal paintings reached its climax during the reign of Jahangir. 3. llustrations of Persian versions of Mahabharata and Ramayana were produced in miniature form. 4. Akbar employed a number of painters like Abul Hasan, Bishan Das, Madhu, Anant, Manohar, Govardhan and Ustad Mansur. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#3 Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct regarding land revenue administration during Akbar? 1. The land revenue system of Akbar was called Zabti or Bandobast system. 2. The revenue was fxed on the average yield of land assessed on the basis of past ten years.

#4 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to Mansabdari System of administration? 1. Sher Shah introduced the Mansabdari system in his administration. 2. Under Mansabdari system every offcer was assigned a rank (mansab). 3. The lowest rank was 10 and the highest was 5000 for the nobles. 4. The ranks were divided into two – zat and sawar.

#5 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to Shivaji’s revenue administration? 1. Chauth and sardeshmukhi were the taxes collected from Maratha kingdom. 2. Lands were measured by using the measuring rod called kathi. 3. Lands were classifed into three categories – paddy felds, garden lands and hilly tracks. 4. He appointed his own revenue offcials called karkuns. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#6 Consider the following statements: 1. The full control of the Maratha kingdom came under the Peshwa during peshwaship of Balaji Baji Rao 2. The Marathas fought very bravely against Ahmad Shah Abdali in the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761 but was defeted Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

#7 Which of the following statements are correct with regard to origin of Rajputas? 1. There are several theories about the origin of Rajputas. 2. They were considered as the descendents of the foreign invaders and the Indian Kshatriyas. 3. The foreign invaders were Indianized and absorbed into Indian society. 4. The Gurjara-Pratiharas were the earliest of the Rajputa rulers. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#8 Consider the following statements: 1. Prithiviraj Chauhan defeated Muhammad Ghori in the frst battle of Tarain near Delhi in 1191 2. In the second battle of Tarain in 1192, Muhammad Ghori thoroughly routed the army of Prithiviraj, who was captured and killed. 3. The Rajput princes exhausted one another by their mutual conflicts. Select the answer from the codes given below:

#9 With reference to the Battle of Buxar, Consider the statements: 1. Mir Jafar the son-in-law of Mir Kasim claimed for the Nawabship of Bengal. 2. The combined armies of the three powers met an English army commanded by Major Munro in the Battle of Buxar. Which of the above is/are correct?

#10 With reference to the cause of the Battle of Plassey, consider the following statements: 1. The English did not pay any tax on trade as permitted by Farcukhshiyar. 2. The British were paying taxes on the trade. 3. Sirajuddaulah enforced taxes and occupied Fort William. 4. Mir Jafar played important role in the Battle of Plassey as he was bribed. Which of the above is/are correct?

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