Indian History MCQs: Free multiple-choice questions on Indian history with answers. The answers are bold.
These Indian History quizzes are useful for classes 11th, 12th, and other competitive exams (UPSC, SSC, PSC, etc;).
Indian History MCQs
1. A historian uses many checks and balances to reach the truth in history. Which one of the following tools does not help him to achieve it?
2. After Independence, a new trend in history writing took place which did not include one of the following-
Shift towards the writing of non-political history
There was a greater emphasis on society and economy
They did not lay any emphasis on the means of production
Political history was laid more emphasis upon by the historians
3. In which one of the texts written in ancient India were the four different ages called Krita, Treita, Dvapara and Kaliyuga mentioned.
4. One of the following works were not written by Kalidasa who lived during the Gupta period-
5. The Mauryan king Ashoka was the first person to issue one of the following-
6. The earliest South India literature was called-
7. The first systematic history of ancient India was written by which one of the following foreign writers?
8. What did the Indian scholars especially those who had received a Western education and were upset about the way the British were presenting Indian history not do?
Some of them took upon themselves the task of re-writing Indian History
Reconstructed Indian social and political history
Attacked some social evils like child marriage and caste system
Accepted the ideas put forward by the British historians on Indian history
9. Which one of the following contains stories about the previous births of the Buddha?
10. Which one of the following visitors to India describes the glory of Nalanda University during his time?
MCQs on Pre-historic cultures of India
11. Identify two major religions which arose in Ancient India which had their origins in the middle Gangetic Plains
Jainism and Zorastrianism
Jainism and Buddhism
Buddhism and Brahmanic religion
Brahmanic religion and Jainism
12. One of the following passes helped in trading with the people of Rome in ancient times.
13. The Himalayas are the worlds largest and the highest mountain ranges, but one of the following statements is not correct about them-
They protected us from the cold, icy winds coming from the North
They stopped the monsoon winds from the sea which gives us rainfall
They helped us in developing cultural contacts with Central Asia, China, and Tibet
No invader ever dared to cross the Himalayas to come inside the country
14. The Neolithic culture did not have one of the following characteristics-
Beginning of agricultural activities
Domestication of animals
Grinding and polishing of stone tools that had sharp edges
15. The Neolithic period in history should not be considered a revolution but an evolution because of which one of the following reasons-
Use of sharp and polished tools
The emergence of settled agricultural communities
They produced pottery for the storage of grains
Most developments came from the Mesolithic period itself and moved to the Neolithic period
16. The Pleistocene period is the geological period is the age when the earth was covered with
Ice and had cold weather
Grass and tropical weather
Snow and semi-tropical weather
Shrubs and lichens and had tropical weather
17. The advent of agriculture brought many changes in the life of the people in the Neolithic period except one of the following –
People cultivated various types of crops.
Agriculture gave an impetus to the domestication of animals
Manufactured pottery to store grains
Agriculture created conditions that helped in the growth of towns in this period.
18. The food producer of the Neolithic period was-
Hunter gather in the Paleolithic stage
He continued to be a hunter-gather in the Mesolithic age
By the Neolithic period, he could cultivate crops and domesticate animals
He learned to settle down comfortably in houses made of bricks
19. The rock paintings of this period depict many aspects of the lives of the Mesolithic people in those times except one
Paintings are made on the walls of the rock shelters
They throw light on the social and economic life of the people
The main subjects of the painting are hunting, fishing, food gathering.
Hunting scenes suggest people lived in large groups so that they could go hunting together.
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