Test: The Mauryan Empire - 2


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QUESTION: 1

Which one of the following was the actual cause of the Kalinga war?

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QUESTION: 2

Which of the following was a measure adopted by the later Mauryas to meet the needs of a depleted treasury?

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QUESTION: 3

The words “the village..... was exempted from bali (a tax) and bhaga (royal share of the production) was reduced to one-eighth” was inscribed on which one of the following Ashokan Pillars?

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The village, Rummindei was exempted from bali (a tax) and bhaga (royal share of the production) was reduced to one-eighth.

QUESTION: 4

Which one of the following Ashokan inscriptions reveals his interest in Buddhism?

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QUESTION: 5

From which of the following quarries stone was taken for the Ashokan pillars?

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QUESTION: 6

Identify the places where the Fourteen Major Rock Edict of Ashoka are located.

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QUESTION: 7

“We neither oppose the prince, nor the king, but the wicked ministers who oppress us”. Who was welcomed by these words?

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QUESTION: 8

Who said “Indians do not know the art of writing?

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QUESTION: 9

One of the following kings made a request to a foreign king for figs, wine and sophists to be sent to India. Who was he?

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QUESTION: 10

Which one of the following is the principal source of information on Ashoka’s campaign against Kalinga?

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QUESTION: 11

Who replaced Magasthenes as the ambassador of Antiochos I in the court of Bindusara?

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QUESTION: 12

At the time of Bindusara’s death Ashoka was the viceroy of some province. Identify that province.

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QUESTION: 13

Which one of the following edicts/inscriptions belongs to the category directed to theSangha?

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QUESTION: 14

In which one of the following Major Rock Edicts does Ashoka introduce the institution of dhamma-mahamatta for the first time?

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Major Rock Edict V
It states about the concerns about the policy towards slaves and mentioned the appointment of Dhammamahamatras. And also in this rock edict, Ashoka mentions that”Every Human is my child”
 

QUESTION: 15

In which of the following edict/edicts Ashoka threatened the expulsion of the monks who induced schism into Buddhist church?

A. The Sanchi Edict
B. The Sarnath Edict
C. The Kosam Edic
D. The Nasik Edict

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QUESTION: 16

Which of the following sources contains the pronouncement: “All men are my children”?

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QUESTION: 17

Match the Ashokan Inscriptions with their content:

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QUESTION: 18

Which one of the following Ashokan Pillars bore the figure of a peacock (Mayura) thus suggesting the connection between Maurya and Mayura?

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QUESTION: 19

Which statement on Arthasastra regarding land is not correct?

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QUESTION: 20

Match the persons or works with the statements they are associated with:

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QUESTION: 21

In which one of the following we find the rates of interest and regulations govering debt and mortgages according to the caste of the debtor?

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QUESTION: 22

Who was the only Mauryan successor whose name appears in an inscription as the doner of a cave in Barabar hills near Gaya?

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QUESTION: 23

Ashoka issued the Queen’s Edict. What was the name of the Queen whose name is mentioned in the Edict?

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QUESTION: 24

Which Ashokan Rock Edict is found written partly in the Boustrophedon style?

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QUESTION: 25

One Ashokan queen opposed the extraordinary generosity of Ashoka to the Buddhist. Who was she?

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QUESTION: 26

Which one of the following sources contains the famous pronouncement “At all times, whether I am eating, or am in the women’s apartments, or in my inner apartment, where ever I may be, my mahamattas should keep me in touch with public business”?

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QUESTION: 27

Which one of the following edicts of Ashoka reveals his inner sorrow on account of war and violence?

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QUESTION: 28

Which one of the following Rock Edicts of Ashoka contains the prohibition of animal sacrifice and festive meetings?

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QUESTION: 29

Who wrote these words: “In the happiness of his subjects lies his happiness, in their welfare, his welfare. What pleases him he shall not consider as good, but whatever pleases his subject he shall consider as good”?

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QUESTION: 30

Who was referred to as ‘Vrishala ’ and ‘Kulahina’?

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