CULTURE FOR UPSC PRELIMS 2020 , TEST-11

Q 1 . With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements : [UPSC 2016]
1. The concept of Bodhisattva is central to Hinayana sect of Buddhism.
2. Bodhisattva is a compassionate one on his way to enlightenment.
3. Bodhisattva delays achieving his own salvation to help all sentient beings on their path to it.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 2 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q 2 . What is/are common to the two historical places known as Ajanta and Mahabalipuram? [UPSC 2016]
1. Both were built in the same period.
2. Both belong to the same religious denomination.
3. Both have rock-cut monuments.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) None of the statements given above is correct

Q 3 . With reference to the economic history of medieval India, the term ‘Araghatta’ refers to [UPSC 2016]
(a) bonded labour
(b) land grants made to military officers
(c) waterwheel used in the irrigation of land
(d) wastel and converted to cultivated land

Q 4 . With reference to the cultural history of India, the memorizing of chronicles, dynastic histories and Epictales was the profession of who of the following?[UPSC 2016]
(a) Shramana
(b) Parivraaj
(c) Agrahaarika
(d) Maagadha

Q 5 . Consider the following pairs: [UPSC 2016]
Famous place : Region
1. Bodhgaya : Baghelkhand
2. Khajuraho : Bundelkhand
3. Shirdi : Vidarbha
4. Nasik (Nashik) : Malwa
5. Tirupati : Rayalaseema
Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?
(a) 1, 2 and 4
(b) 2, 3, 4 and 5
(c) 2 and 5 only
(d) 1, 3, 4 and 5

Q 6 . With reference to the cultural history of  medieval India, consider the following statements :[UPSC 2016]
1. Siddhas (Sittars) of Tamil region were monotheistic and condemned idolatry.
2. Lingayats of Kannada region questioned the theory of rebirth and rejected the caste hierarchy.
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 7 . Which one of the following books of ancient India has the love story of the son of the founder of Sunga dynasty? [UPSC 2016]
(a) Swapnavasavadatta
(b) Malavikagnirnitra
(c) Meghadoota
(d) Ratnavali

Q 8 . In the context of the history of India, consider the following pairs: [UPSC 2016]
Term : Description
(1) Eripatti : Land revenue from which was set apart for the maintenance of the village tank
(2) Taniyurs : Villages donated to a single Brahmin or a group of Brahmins
(3) Ghatikas : Colleges generally attached to the temples
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 3 only
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 1 and 3

Q 9 . With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements: [UPSC 2017]
1. Sautrantika and Sammitiya were the sects of Jainism.
2. Sarvastivadin held that the constituents of phenomena were not wholly momentary, but existed forever in a latent form.
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 . The painting of Bodhisattva Padmapani is one of the most famous and oft-illustrated paintings at [UPSC 2017]
(a) Ajanta
(b) Badami
(c) Bagh
(d) Ellora