CULTURE FOR UPSC PRELIMS 2020 , TEST-08

Q 1 . Consider the following statements with respect to Jainism:
1. Jainism prohibited the practice of war and agriculture.
2. Jainism did not condemn the varna system.
3. Jainism aims at the attainment of freedom from worldly bonds.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 and 3
(c) All
(d) None

Q 2 . With respect to the Satanami Sect which of the following statements are correct?
1. Satanami Sect was founded in Haryana.
2. They do not believe in idol worship.
3. Satanamis earned their living through agriculture and small trade.
Select the correct answer using below given options:
(a) 1 and 3
(b) 1 and 2
(c) All
(d) None

Q 3 . Consider the following :  [UPSC 2019]
1. Deification of the Buddha
2. Treading the path of Bodhisattvas
3. Image worship and rituals
Which of the above is/ are the feature/ features of Mahayana Buddhism?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q 4 . Building ‘Kalyaana Mandapas’ was a notable feature in the temple construction in the kingdom of [UPSC 2019]
(a) Chalukya
(b) Chandela
(c) Rashtrakuta
(d) Vijayanagara

Q 5 . Consider the following statements :[UPSC 2019]
1. Saint Nimbarka was a contemporary of Akbar.
2. Saint Kabir was greatly influenced by Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi.
Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q 6 . With reference to the Mian Tansen, which one of the following statement is not correct  [UPSC 2019]
(a) Tansen was the title given to him by Emperor Akbar
(b) Tansen composed Dhrupads on Hindu god and goddesses
(c) Tansen composed songs on his patrons
(d) Tansen invented many Ragas

Q 7 . Who among the following Mughal Emperors Shifted emphasis from illustrated manuscripts to album and individual portrait?   [UPSC 2019]
(a) Humayun
(b) Akbar
(c) Jahangir
(d) Shah Jahan

Q 8 . With reference to Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries, which of the following statements are correct?    [UPSC 2012]
1 . Dhrupad originated and developed in the Rajput kingdoms during the Mughal period.
2 . Dhrupad is primarily a devotional and spiritual music.
3 . Dhrupad Alap uses Sanskrit syllables from Mantras.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below :
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) None of the above is correct

Q 9 . How do you distinguish between Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dances? [UPSC 2012]
1 . Dancers occasionally speaking dialogues is found in Kuchipudi dance but not in Bharatanatyam.
2 . Dancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of Bharatanatyam but Kuchipudi dance does not have such a form of movements.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q 10 . In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called ‘Tribhanga’ has been a favourite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose? [UPSC 2013]
(a) One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck
(b) Facial expressions, hand gestures and make-up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters
(c) Movements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
(d) A little smile, slightly curved waist and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or eroticism