History: Ancient India (Quiz)

1. What does the name Mohenjodaro mean?

2. In which year was Harappan civilization discovered?

3. With whom the Indus Valley people traded?

4. The Indus Valley civilization specialized in_____________?

5. The bronze figure of dancing girl is excavated from which Indus Valley Civilization(IVC) site?

6. Dockyard was found in which IVC site?

7. Who discovered the Indus Valley Civilization?

8. Who wrote the first book on Sanskrit Grammar?

9. “Bhagwad Gita” was originally written in which language?

10. Purusha Sukta is a part of which veda?

11. Patanjali is famous for the compilation of_____________?

12. Which god is most prominent in Rig-Veda?

13. “Satyamev Jayate” is adopted from which book?

14. The word Gotra appears first time in______________?

15. Ashtadhyayi was written by_____________?

16. Gayatri Mantra was composed by________________?

17. Which veda contains an account on magical charms and spells?

18. The Indian king who opposed Alexander was______________?

19. In ancient India the earliest capital of Magadh kingdom was_____________?

20. The ancient name of north-Bihar was______________?

21. Which kingdom was the first republic of the world in the 6th century BC?

22. A Buddhist council was held during the reign of Ashoka Maurya at_____________?

23. Who founded the city of Patliputra?

24. Who founded the Nand dynasty?

25. Where did Lord Buddha breathe his last?

26. Sacred texts of buddhists are known as _____________?

27. Who wrote “Buddha-Charita”?

28. The first Buddhist council was held at?

29. Who influenced Ashoka to embrace Buddhism?

30. Who introduced curtains(yavanika) in Indian theatres?

31. Who started saka era?

32. Which mauryan king is also known as Amitraghata?

33. Who wrote “Mudrarakshasha”?

34. The last Mauryan emperor was _____________?

35. Sanchi Stupa was built by _____________?

36. Charaka was the famous court physician of _____________?

37. The capital of Kanishka was _____________?

38. Who were the first kings to issue gold coins in India?

39. _____________ is called Napolean of India?

40. The subject matter of Ajanta paintings pertains to?

41. The cave paintings of Gupta period are located at which two places?

42. Who was the court poet of Samudragupta?

43. “Mrichhkatika” is a drama written by _____________?

44. Which period marks the beginning of Indian temple architecture?

45. The silver coins during the Gupta period were known as _____________?

46. Which book is called the “Bible of Tamil Land”?

47. Which chinese general defeated Kanishka?

48. The art style which combines Indian and Greek features is called _____________?

49. When did Mathura school of art flourish?

50. Who among the following presided over the Buddhist council held in Kashmir during the reign of Kanishka?


1. Mound of the dead
2. 1921
3. Mesopotamians
4. Town Planning
5. Mohenjodaro
6. Lothal
7. Dayaram Sahni
8. Panini
9. Sanskrit
10. Rig Veda: Contains hymns
11. Yoga-Sutra
12. Indra
13. Mundakopnishad: It is one of the 200+ upanishads.
14. Rig Veda
15. Panini
16. Vishwamitra
17. Atharvaveda
18. Porus
19. Rajgir(Rajgrih)
20. Vajji
21. Vaishali
22. Patliputra
23. Udayin
24. Mahapadmananda
25. Kushinagar
26. Tripitikas
27. Ashvaghosha
28. Rajgrih
29. Upa-gupta
30. Greeks
31. Kanishka (AD 78)
32. Bindusara
33. Vishakhadutta
34. Brihadratha
35. Ashoka
36. Kanishka
37. Purushpura
38. Indo-Greeks
39. Samudragupta
40. Buddhism
41. Ajanta and Bagh(Near Indore)
42. Harisena
43. Shudraka
44. Gupta period
45. Rupyaka(This is the origin of the word Rupiya)
46. Kural(also called Thirukkural)
47. Pen Chao
48. Gandhara art
49. Kushana period
50. Vasumitra

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