Land of The Seven Rivers Quiz

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Land of The Seven Rivers Quiz

  1. 1. 1. What is the ratio of length to breadth used in the town planning of Harappan cities in the third millennium BC also mentioned in the vastu shastra texts? a. 5:4 b. 6:4 c. 5:3 2. It is said that a supercontinent existed between 1.1 billion and 750 million years ago, in the Neoproterozoic Era. What is this supercontinent called? a. Rodinia b. Pangaea c. Eurasia 3. Which of the following was not a city in the Indus Valley civilisation? a. Mohenjo-Daro b. Harappa c. Tunis d. Dholavira e. Lothal 4. Which modern day Indian gesture is also seen in clay figurines excavated from Harappan sites? a. The Namaste b. Touching of the feet of elders 5. The earliest mention of Iron can be found in which of the four Vedas? a. Krishna ayas – dark bronze in Atharva Veda 1700 BC b. Rigveda c. Samaveda d. Yajurveda e. Atharva Veda 6. How many hymns from the Rig Veda are sung in praise of the River Saraswati? a. 45 b. 42 c. 27 7. Written in a language that is almost identical to that of the Rig Veda, what is the oldest and most sacred text of the Zoroastrian religion a. The Avesta b. Pahlavi Texts 8. Arjuna, one of the Pandav brothers made his way to Manipur during his exile where he married a warrior princess. What was her name? a. Chitrangada b. Kaikeyi c. Draupadi
  2. 2. 9. By what other names is Kautilya known? a. Ashoka b. Chanakya c. Chandragupta 10. Chandragupta, who first gained power after capturing the rich Ganges Valley, went on to create what ancient Indian empire with his son and grandson? a. The Maratha Empire b. The Mauryan Empire c. The Mughal Empire 11. Why did Akbar shift his capital city from Fatehpur Sikri to Agra? a. The walls of the city were not strong enough to withstand attack b. The water supply was deemed unreliable 12. Buddha was attracted to this place for the fact that it is a major highway crossing. What spot is this? a. Sarnath b. Kusinara c. Bodh Gaya 13. Now a major urban village in New Delhi, this was a large reservoir built by Alauddin Khilji to supply water to the city. What is it called? a. Shahpur Jat b. Hauz Khas c. Munirkha
  3. 3. 14. This Kizhthali Shiva Temple was originally built by Chera kings in the 2nd century BC, it was damaged by the Portuguese and then by Tipu Sultan's army in the 18th century. Where is it located? a. Muzaris, Kerala b. Trimbak, Maharashtra c. Bhelupura, Varanasi 15. A direct descendant of Genghis Khan from his mother’s side and Taimur the lame on his father’s side, name this Turko-Mongol adventurer. a. Alauddin Khilji b. Babur c. Sher Shah Suri 16. One of Delhi’s most confusing monuments, most historians consider it to be the ruins of Sultan Muhammad bin Tughlaq's palace complex. What is this monument called? a. Gol Gumbad b. Chausanth Khamba c. Bijay Mandal 17. In which year did the East India Company set up its first factory in Surat, Gujarat? a. 1615 b. 1609 c. 1612 18. Written around the mid-1st century BC, this Greek text by an unknown writer describes navigation and trading opportunities from Roman Egyptian ports like Berenice along the Red Sea and the Indian subcontinent. What is the text called? a. Bibliotheca historica b. Periplus Maris Erythraei c. Iliad
  4. 4. 19. This historical Sanskrit play by Vishakhadatta narrates the ascent of King Chandragupta Maurya to power in Northern India. What is it called? a. Mudrarakshasa b. Vikramōrvaśīyam c. Āgamaḍambara 20. It is common knowledge that Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury was born into a Parsi Family in 1946 as Farrokh Balsara. Where was he born? a. Mumbai b. Gujarat c. Zanzibar

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