UPSC Prelims Quiz

Q1. The word Hindu as reference to the people of Hind(India) was first used by:
       a.  the Greeks
       b.  the Romans
       c.  the Chinese
       d.  the Arabs

Answer: d - the Arabs

Q2. Who among the following was a Brahmavadini who composed some humns of the vedas?
       a.  Lopamudra
       b.  Gargi
       c.  Leelavati
       d.  Savitri

Answer: a - Lopamudra

Q3. Which of the following temples figured in the news regarding the institution of the Devadasi
       a.  Jagannath temple, Puri
       b.  Pashupatinath temple, Katmandu
       c.  Kandariya Mahadev temple, Khajuraho
       d.  Chausath Yogini temple, Bhedaghat

Answer: a - Jagannath temple, Puri

Q4. The river most mentioned in early vedic literature is
       a.  Sindhu
       b.  Sutudri
       c.  Sarasvati
       d.  Ganga

Answer: a - Sindhu

Q5. Which one of the following statements regarding Ashoka stone pillars is incorrect?
       a.  They are highly polished
       b.  They are monolithic
       c.  The shaft of pillars is tapering in shape
       d.  These are parts of architectural structures

Answer: d - These are parts of architectural structures

Q6. Which one of the following scripts of ancient India was written from right to left?
       a.  Brahmi
       b.  Nandnagari
       c.  Sharada
       d.  Kharosthi

Answer: d - Kharosthi

Q7. Many of the Greeks, Kushanas and Shakas embraced Buddhism rather than Hinduism because:
       a.  Buddhism was in the ascendant at that time
       b.  they had renounced the policy of war and violence
       c.  caste-ridden Hinduism did not attract them
       d.  Buddhism provided easier access to Indian society

Answer: c - caste-ridden Hinduism did not attract them

Q8. The Ashoka major rock edicts which tell us about the Sangam Kingdom include rock edicts:
       a.  I and X
       b.  I and XI
       c.  II and XIII
       d.  II and XIV

Answer: c - II and XIII

Q9. Which one of the following was initially the most powerful city state of India in the 6th century B.C. ?
       a.  Gandhar
       b.  Kamboj
       c.  Kashi
       d.  Magadh

Answer: d - Magadh

Q10. The Indo-Laws Kingdom set up in north Afghanistan in the beginning of the second century B.C. was:
       a.  Bactria
       b.  Scythia
       c.  Zedrasia
       d.  Aria

Answer: a - Bactria