1. 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
d) The name of India is a corruption of the word Sindhu. Sindhu is the name of the Indus River, mentioned in the Rig-Veda. Neighboring Arabs, Iranians uttered 's' as 'h' and called this land Hindu. Greeks pronounced this name as Indus.
2. Who among the following was a Brahmavadini who composed some hymns of the Vedas?
a) Other Brahmavadini are Vishwawara, Sikta, Nivavari, Ghosha and Maitreyi
3. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer (using codes given below the lists)
List-I (Eras) : List-II (Reckoned from)
A. Vikrama era 1. 3102 B.C.
B. Saka era 2. 320 A.D.
C. Gupta era 3. 78 A.D.
D. Kali era 4. 58 B.C.
5. 248 A.D.
(a) A – 2; B – 4; C – 5; D – 1
(b) A – 1; B – 3; C – 2; D – 4
(c) A – 4; B – 5; C – 2; D – 3
(d) A – 4; B – 3; C – 2; D – 1
(d) 248 A.D. is Kalachuri era. Vikram era was started by king Vikramaditya. Shaka era was started by Kanishka. Gupta era was started by Chandragupta-I.
4. In Sanskrit plays written during the Gupta period women and Sudras speak:
(b) In Sanskrit plays of Gupta period women and Sudras speak prakrit and Elite class speak Sanskrit.
5. The name by which Ashoka is generally referred to his inscriptions is:
(d) In the year 1915 near a village called Maski in Raichur District of Karnataka, a rock inscription was discovered on a hill. In this inscription for the first time the name of Ashoka was found with titles like Devanampriya and Priyadarshi. It was then certain that Devanampriya Priyadarshi was no other than Ashoka.