Prelims MCQs Quiz 40 : Culture


1. Western classical elements can be seen in the Gandhara School of Art as reflected in the Buddha’s
1. usina, urna and elongated ears.
2. head
3. heavy folds of the robe.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer & Explanation

2. One could attain salvation by performing the Vedic sacrifices with all their rituals which needed the services of the priests. This was the belief of which school of Indian philosophy
a) Vaisheshika
b) Mimamsa
c) Vedanta
d) Nyaya

Answer & Explanation

3. Consider the following statements about Arya Samaj:
1. It repudiated caste system and the fourfold Varna division.
2. It started a Shudhi movement to reconvert people to Hinduism.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer & Explanation

4. Which of the following Bhakti saints were contemporaries?
1. Kabir
2. Guru Nanak
3. Dadu Dayal
4. Tukaram
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 and 4 only
c) 2, 3 and 4 only
d) 1 and 4 only

Answer & Explanation

5. With reference to Barabar caves, consider the following statements:
1. They were built during the reign of Ashoka.
2. They were dedicated to ajivikas.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer & Explanation

6. Which of the following is/are feature of the Dravida style of temple architecture?
1. curvilinear shikara
2. recessed sculptures
3. gopuram
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer & Explanation

7. With reference to phad paintings, consider the following statements:
1. They are the folk paintings of Maharashtra.
2. Their themes include rural life, animals, and narratives of folk deities.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer & Explanation

8. Which of the following pairs of Indian embroidery is correctly matched with their state?
1. Kashida : Karnataka
2. Phulkari : Punjab
3. Kasuti : West Bengal
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 2 only
d) none

Answer & Explanation

9. Many new elements were added in Indian architecture during the Muslism rule. These include
1. use of shapes instead of natural forms.
2. use of calligraphy as inscriptional art.
3. use of trabeated roof.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer & Explanation

10. Which of the following literary works were composed during the Gupta’s period?
1. Kathasaritsagar by Somdev
2. Vikramanyadevcharita by Bilhana
3. Gita Govinda by Jayadev
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 only
d) none

Answer & Explanation

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