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IASbaba’s Daily Prelims Test [Day 43]

  • IAS baba
  • July 30, 2015
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 IASbaba’s Daily Prelims Test [Day 43]

 

Topic – Ancient History & Culture; Environment; S&T and Current Affairs

 

1. Consider the following statements.

  1. Grinding and polishing of stone tools.
  2. Manufacture of pottery.
  3. Mixed economy based on early farming and domestication of animals supplemented by hunting.

Which one among the following best describes above characteristics?

  1. Paleolithic stage
  2. Mesolithic stage
  3. Neolithic stage
  4. None of the above

 

2. Most Harappan towns had a remarkable unity of conception in “town planning”. Which of the following is/are true regarding town planning?

  1. Citadel was built on a high podium of mud brick located on the east side of the settlement.
  2. Lower city contained residential area of the ruled and poor.

 

Select the correct code from below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

 

 

3. Match the following.

             Harappan town                              Associated structures

  1. Mohenjo-Daro                                             Fire altars
  2. Harappa                                                        Large tank
  3. Kalibangan                                                   Great bath
  4. Dholavira                                                      Series of granary

Select the correct code from below.

  1. 1-ii, 2-iv, 3-i, 4-iii
  2. 1-iv, 2-iii, 3-i, 4-ii
  3. 1-ii, 2-i, 3-iv, 4-iii
  4. 1-iii, 2-iv, 3-i, 4-ii

 

4. Consider the following statements regarding economy of Early Vedic period.

  1. Cattle rearing were the dominant occupational activity.
  2. Early Vedic people used Iron tools.
  3. Early Vedic people practiced shifting agriculture.

Which of the above statement is/ are correct?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 1 only
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. All the above

 

 5. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct regarding ‘Janapadas’ and ‘Mahajanapadas’?

  1. Janapadas were essentially agricultural settlements and were essentially named after main kshatriya lineages in that area.
  2. Some of the Janapadas were developed into Mahajanapadas in sixth century B.C.
  3. Political setups of all Mahajanapadas were monarchial.

Select the correct code from below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. All the above

 

 

6. Collection of Buddha’s teachings (canons) divided into three sections. Which of the following is/are correct regarding Buddhist canons?

  1. Sutta Pitaka contains rules of monastic discipline.
  2. Vinaya Pitaka consists of religious discourse and saying of Buddha.
  3. Jataka tales is part of Sutta Pitaka.

Select the correct code from below.

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. All the above
  4. None of the above

 

7. Megasthenes has given a vivid description of Mauryan city administration. Which of the following are correct regarding Mauryan city administration?

  1. City council was divided into six committees and each committee had five members.
  2. There was a committee to look after foreigners.
  3. Arthashastra also mentions these six committees.

Select the correct code from below.

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. All the above

 

8. Early Sangam Tamil poems speak of five eco zones. In this context ‘Mullai’ refers to

  1. Hill and forests
  2. Pasture land with low hills and thin forests
  3. Fertile agricultural plains
  4. Sea coasts

 

 

9. Which of the following is/are the features of ‘Megalithic Burials’?

  1. Dead were buried with distinctive pots called Black and Red ware.
  2. Burials sometimes yielded tools and weapons of iron.
  3. Skeleton of horses, horse equipments are found at megalithic burials.

Select the correct code from below.

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. All the above

 

10. Consider the following statements regarding Gupta administration.

  1. Highest unit of territorial division of the country was called ‘Bhukti’.
  2. Justice was based on Varna classification.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

 

11. Below are the characteristics of Drought Resistance Crops/Plants.

  1. Transpiration is high to maintain the equilibrium of heat and water
  2. Decreased Photosynthetic efficiency
  3. Water uptake is low
  4. Leaf surface is increased for better photosynthesis

Correct code/s

  1. 1, 3 and 4
  2. 1, 2, 3 and 4
  3. 2 and 3
  4. None

 

12. A tipping point is a critical threshold at which a small change in human activity can have large and long term consequences on Earth’s Climate system. What the ‘Tipping Elements’ are as pointed out by scientists in this regard?

  1. Greenland Ice sheet
  2. Indian Desert
  3. Amazon Forests
  4. Coral Reefs
  5. Boreal Forests
  6. Melting of Arctic Ice

Select the correct code/s

  1. 1, 3, 5 and 6
  2. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  3. 2, 4 and 6
  4. All

 

13. Consider the following statements

  1. Lead is a toxic non-metal
  2. India export majority of its Lead Production
  3. Lead is used in Painting, Manufacturing of glasses and as anti-friction agent
  4. Rajasthan is the leading producer of Lead in India

Select the correct code/s

  1. 1, 2, 3 and 4
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 3 and 4
  4. 1, 2 and 3

 

14. Natural Gas and LPG are one of the cleanest sources of available Energy. Consider the following statements regarding this

  1. Natural gas has higher calorific value than LPG
  2. LPG is more combustible than Natural Gas
  3. Natural Gas is heavier than LPG

Select the correct code/s

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. Only 3
  3. 1 and 2
  4. None

 

15. Consider the difference between Fission and Fusion reactions

  1. Both gives chain reactions
  2. Fission requires more energy than Fusion to start the reaction
  3. Fusion gives more stable reaction than Fission

Select the correct code/s

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 2
  4. None

 

 

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