CULTURE FOR UPSC PRELIMS 2020 , TEST-09

Q 1 . With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements: [UPSC 2013]
1 . The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India.
2 . The Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
3 . At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q 2 . Consider the following historical places: [UPSC 2013]
1 . Ajanta Caves
2 . Lepakshi Temple
3 . Sanchi Stupa
Which of the above places is / are also known for mural paintings?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) None

Q 3 . With reference to the history of philosophical thought in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya school:  [UPSC 2013]
1 .Sankhya does not accept the theory of rebirth or transrmigration of soul.
2. Sankhya holds that it is the self-knowledge that leads to liberation and not any exterior influence or agent.
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 4 . With reference to the cultural history of India, the term ‘Panchayatan’ refers to  [UPSC 2014]
(a) an assembly of village elders
(b) a religious sect
(c) a style of temple construction
(d) an administrative functionary

Q 5 . Consider the following pairs: [UPSC 2014]
Famous shrine   :  Location
1. Tabo monastery and temple complex : Spiti Valley
2. Lhotsava Lhakhang temple, Nako : Zanskar Valley
3. Alchi temple complex :  Ladakh
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q 6 . With reference to the Indian history of art and culture, consider the following pairs:    [UPSC 2014]
Famous work of sculpture :  Site
1. A grand image of Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana with numerous celestial musicians above        :  Ajanta
2. A huge image of Varaha Avatar (boar incarnation) of Vishnu, as he rescues   :   Mount Abu
3. “Arjuna’s Penance” /”Descent of Ganga” sculpted on the surface of huge boulders :  Mamllapuram
Which of the pairs given above is/ are correctly matched?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only,
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q 7 . With reference to the famous Sattriya dance, consider the following statements: [UPSC 2014]
1 . Sattriya is a combination of music, dance and drama.
2 . It is a centuries-old living tradition of Vaishnavites of Assam.
3 . It is based on classical Ragas and Talas of devotional songs composed by Tulsidas, Kabir and Mirabai.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q 8 . A community of people called Manganiyars is well-known for their  [UPSC 2014]
(a) martial arts in North-East India
(b) musical tradition in North-West India
(c) classical vocal music in South India
(d) pietra dura tradition in Central India

Q 9 . Consider following pairs [UPSC 2014]
1 . Garba : Gujarat
2 . Mohiniattam : Odisha
3 . Yakshagana : Karnataka
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q 10 . With reference to India’s culture and tradition, what is ‘Kalaripayattu’? [UPSC 2014]
(a) It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India
(b) It is an ancient style bronze and brasswork still found in southern part of Coromandel area
(c) It is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar
(d) It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India