Test: The Sangam Age - 3


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QUESTION: 1

Which one of the following Sangam towns was famous for its pearls and muslins, the latter being as thin as the skin of the snake?

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QUESTION: 2

Identify the Chera monarch who was called Imayavaramban. ‘He who had the Himalaya for his boundary’ and who carved the Chera emblem of the bow on the face of the great mountain?

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QUESTION: 3

The first historical reference to Tamils or Pandyas occurs in the work inscriptions of 

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The Greek envoy, Megasthenes, mentions Madurai in his account of India in around 300 BC. It was in the period of the Roman empire, under the Pandya dynasty, that the city assumed its great importance, even sending embassies to Rome. Home to the ancient 'Tamil Sangam', (Academy of Tamil Learning), it became as important for its scholarship as for its religious heritage. One of the great Tamil literary epics 'Silappadikaram' was written here in the Roman period.

QUESTION: 4

Which statement on Sangam history is incorrect?

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QUESTION: 5

Which statement on Karikala is incorrect?

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QUESTION: 6

Which one of the following was the correct Tamil designation of the ministers during the Sangam age?

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QUESTION: 7

After the death of which one of the following Roman kings, the trade was conducted more by barter than by coins on account of the financial difficulties of the Roman empire?

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QUESTION: 8

Identify the great poet who was a contemporary of the Chola king Karikaral and the Chera King Senguttuvan.

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QUESTION: 9

Match the Tamil words with their meaning:

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QUESTION: 10

What was the inland capital of the Sangam Cholas?

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QUESTION: 11

What was the royal emblem for the Cheras?

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QUESTION: 12

Tolkappium of the second Sangam deals with

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QUESTION: 13

Assertion A: In the Sangam period the Vellals were the biggest land-owning class and on account of their land ownership they enjoyed high position in the administration and government.
Reason R: There are no references to ‘Serfs’ but the status of agricultural labour was no better than that of serfs.

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QUESTION: 14

Assertion A : Merchants sold their goods by openly announcing the profit they were aiming at.

Reason R: Merchants functioned often in a body, which was known as ‘Vanikachattu’

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QUESTION: 15

Assertion A : In the Sangam age,Variyilar was in charge of revenue collections.

Reason R: Ayakkarar was the revenue accountant who moved place to place for the collection of trade and transit duties.

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QUESTION: 16

Assertion A : The royal seal was fixed on the packet of imported and exported goods after realising the custom duties.

Reason R: The revenue officials incharge of collecting taxes indulged in malpractices and corruption.

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QUESTION: 17

Assertion A : The unit of revenue yielding territory was known as ‘Variyam’.

Reason R: Brahmins were totally exempted from the payment of land revenue or other taxes.

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QUESTION: 18

Assertion A : There was an utter lack of local ad-ministrative institutions and, therefore, urban centres were badly neglected.

Reason R: The revenue-free villages granted to Brahmins were called Brahmatyam.

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QUESTION: 19

Assertion A: Uraiyur and Madurai were the leading centres of textile industry.

Reason R: Untouchability was practised but slavery was unknown.

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QUESTION: 20

Assertion A : Women do not seem to have owned property, irrespective of whether they were queens or farm labourers.

Reason R: Sati was known though not universal, but we find no instances of unwilling women being forced to it.

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QUESTION: 21

Korkai was the coastal capital of

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QUESTION: 22

Which Tamil work throws light on India’s flourishing trade with the Roman Empire?

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QUESTION: 23

What was the royal emblem for the Pandyas?

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QUESTION: 24

Who was the chief deity of the Sangam age?

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QUESTION: 25

While Pandyan king is mentioned in the ‘Silappadikaram’?

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QUESTION: 26

What was known as ‘Yavanapriya’?

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QUESTION: 27

Uraiyur during the Sangam period was famous for

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QUESTION: 28

The cause of conflict between the Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas during the Sangam age was:

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QUESTION: 29

The Pandya king of the Sangam age, who defeated the Chola and the Chera kings in the battle of Talaiyalanganam was

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QUESTION: 30

Which of the following Tamil works highlight the importance of Jaina philosophy?

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