BRICKS,BEADS AND BONES: The Harappan Civilisation Objective type Questions for Term-1

1. Indus valley civilization is dated between-
A. 2700-1800 BCE
B. 2400- 1300 BCE
C. 2500-1750 BCE
D. 2600-1900 BCE
Ans: D

2. The largest Harappan site in India is?
A. Rakhigarhi
B. Dholavira
C. Kalibangan
D. Daimabad

Ans: A

3. An advanced water management system(water reservoir) of Harappan times has been unearthed at─
A. Dholavira
B. Lothal
C. Kalibangan
D. kot diji

Ans: A

4. Who was the first director general of Archaeological Survey of India?
A. Alexander Cunningham
B. George Marshall
C. M.S Vats
D. R.E.M Wheeler

Ans: A

* Also called as the father of Indian Archaeology , founder of ASI

5. Who was the chief female deity worshipped by the Harappans?
A. Lakshmi
B. Priest- queen
C. Mother goddess
D. Saraswati

Ans: C

6. What was the name of the Indus region according to the Mesopotamian script?
A. Meluha
B. Dilmun
C. Turan
D. Magan

Ans: A

7. The book “The Story of Indian Archaeology” was written by─
A. B. B. Lal
B. M. R. Mughal
C. M. S. Vats
D. S. N. Roy

Ans: D

8. Which of the following Indus site gives evidence of a dockyard?
A. Harappa
B. Lothal
C. Mohenjodaro
D. Rakhigarhi

Ans: B

9. Which one among the following religious practices was seemed to be unfamiliar and unusual with the Harrapan culture?
A. Mother Goddess
B. Priest King
C. Yogic posture seal
D. Sanskritic Yajnas

Ans: D

10. Which of the following city of the Harappan Civilization was exclusively devoted to craft production of Shell objects?
A. Kotdiji
B. Kalibangan
C. Manda
D. Chanhudaro

Ans: D

11. The Harappan civilization was discovered in the year?
A. 1901
B. 1921
C. 1915
D. 1922

Ans: B

12. Consider the following statements-
I. People of Indus valley traded with Mesopotamians
II. In 1924 John Marshall announced discovery of a new civilization
III. Figure of priest king was found at Lothal
Which  of these statements are correct?
A. Only I
B. I &II
Ans: B

* Figure of priest king was found at Mohenjodaro

13. In the domestic architecture of Harappa there were no windows in the walls along the ground level. Identify the possible cause mentioned by the archaeologists from the following options.
A. It was a custom.
B. To maintain privacy.
C. No concern of ventilation.
D. Part of unplanned process

Ans: B

14.Harappan Script is enigmatic because-
A. It resembles the Hieroglyphic script of Egypt.
B. It had too many symbols, between 600 and 1000 in number.
C. It was written from left to right.
D. Its script remains undeciphered till date

Ans: D

15. The famous figure of a dancing girl found in the excavation of Mohenjodaro was made up of ─
A. Terracotta
B. Steatite
C. Bronze
D. Red Limestone

Ans: C

16.Fill in the blank
_ are the specialists in ancient animal remains. They tried to study and understand the Harappans subsistence strategies through animal bones and
found at Harappan sites and indicated that Harappan domesticated few animals

Ans: Archaeo- Zoologist

* Archaeo Botanist- specialists in ancient plant remains

17. Consider these statements and identify the incorrect statement-
I. Copper in Indus valley civilization was probably brought from Oman
II. Harappan seals are made of steatite
III. Cow was represented on the seals and terracotta art of the Harappan culture
A. I only
B. III only
D. only II

Ans: B

18. Consider the following statement (s):
I. The Harappan civilisation was the development of urban centres.
II The most distinctive features of Harappan cities were the carefully planned drainage system
III Harrapan roads and streets were laid out along an approximate “grid” pattern

Which of the above statement (s) is/are correct about Harappa Civilisation?
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. I & II
D.I, II & II

Ans: D

19. Which of the following statements is true regarding Indus Valley civilization?
A. Grains found at Harappan sites include wheat, barley, lentil, chickpeas and sesame
B. Animal bones found at Harappan sites include those of cow and horses
C. Harappans did not know intercropping
D. sheep, goat, bull and pig were not known to the people of Indus valley

Ans: A

20. Which of the following statements is correct regarding Harappan weights─
A. Exchanges were regulated by precise system of weights.
B. The lower denomination of weights were in binary system while high denominations followed the decimal system
C. Weights were made of a stone called chert and generally cubical
D. all of the above
Ans: D

21. Which of the following is correct regarding Harappan Script:
A. The Harappan script was written from right to left.
B. It has too many signs─ somewhere between 375 and 400
C. It was not alphabetical
D. All of the above

Ans: D

22. All of the following statements regarding the Indus Valley Civilization are correct except ─
A. The Indus Valley Civilization was an advanced urban civilization
B. Iron was not known to the people
C. It is difficult to say to which race the people belonged
D. They knew nothing about agriculture
Ans: D

23. Match the following

A.  Alexander Cunninghami. Discovered Seals at Harappa
B. Daya Ram Sahniii. First Director General of ASI
C. John Marshalliii. Brought Military precision in archaeology
D. R.E.M Wheeleriv. First professional archaeologist to work in India

Ans:  a- (ii) b- (i) c-(iv) d-(iii)

24. Consider the following statements about Harappan seals
I. Seals and sealings were used to facilitate long distant communication
II. The purpose of seals was to ensure that if the sealing was intact one could be sure that the goods have arrived safely
Which of these statements is/are correct?
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. Both I & II
D. None
Ans: C

25. Consider the following statements:
I. Most Harappan sites are located in arid lands
II. Harappans practiced irrigation
Which of the above statement (s) is/are correct about Harappans?
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. Both I and II
D. Neither I nor II
Ans: C

26. Consider the following statement (s):
I. It was found in Mohenjo-Daro and shows a human figure placed cross legged.
II. An elephant and a tiger are revealed at the right side of the figure and a rhinoceros and a buffalo are seen on the left.
What is being talked about in the above statements?
A. Unicorn seal
B. Harappan seal
C. Proto Shiva seal
D. Lingas
Ans: C

27. Consider the following statement (s):
I. On the whole, it appears Harappans believe in burying precious things with the dead.
II. Jewellery has been found in burials of women only.
Which of the above statement (s) is/are correct about the Burials of Harappan civilization?
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. Both I and II
D. Neither I nor II
Ans: D

28. Consider the following pairs:
1. Shortughai : Afghanistan
2. Banawali : Rajasthan
3. Kalibangan: Rajasthan

A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 2 and 3 only
Ans: C

*Banawali is in Haryana

29. Consider the following statement (s):
I. It consists chiefly of very fine wheelmade wares, very few being hand-made.
II. Polychrome pottery is rare and mainly comprises small vases decorated with geometric patterns.
Which of the above statement (s) is/are related to the Indus Valley pottery?
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. Both I and II
D. Neither I nor II
Ans: C

30. Consider the following the statement (s):
I. Harappans built the earliest cities complete with town planning, sanitation, drainage system and broad well-laid roads.
II. Harappans built double storied houses of burnt bricks each one of which had a bathroom, a kitchen and a well.
Which of the above statement (s) is/are correct about Harappan Civilisation?
A. Only I 
B. Only II
C. Both I and II
D. Neither I nor II
Ans: C

31. Identify the given image-

A. Bronze Jar found from Mohenjodaro
B. Faience pot
C. Harappan Jar found in Oman
D. Pottery from Lothal
Ans: C

32. Consider the given statements and answer the correct statement(s).
I. Hoards are objects kept by people inside pots
II. Faience pots were cheap as they were easy to make
III. Gold was very rare in Harappan civilization
IV. Specialised craft drills have been found at Chanhudaro, Lothal & Dholavira
A. Only I
B. I & III
C. I & IV only
Ans: D

33. Identify the given image-

A. Dancing girl figure
B. Priest figure
C. Mother Goddess
D. Proto Shiva figure
Ans: C

34. Consider these statements, identify incorrect statement.
I. Linga is a polished stone worshipped as symbol of shiva
II. Shamans are men or women who claim magical and healing powers and an ability to communicate with other world
III. ‘My Archaeological Mission to India and Pakistan’ was written by R.E.M Wheeler
IV. Wheeler ignored the stratigraphy of the site

A. IV only
B. III only
C. I & III
D. None of these
Ans: A

35. Who among the following was Director General of ASI in 1924?
A. R.E.M Wheeler
B. John Marshall
C. Alexander Cunningham
D. M.S. Vats
Ans:  B

36. Consider the following statements
I. Daya Ram Sahni discovered seals at Mohenjodaro
II. Rakhal Das Banerjee found seals at Harappa
Which of these is/are correct?
A. I only
B. Both I & II
C. Neither I nor II
D. II only
Ans:  C

37. Which of the following is/are true regarding Cunningham’s confusion?
I. His main interest was in archaeology of 6th century BCE- 4th century BCE
II. He tended to recover artefacts which had cultural value
III. He thought Indian history began with first cities in the Ganga Valley
IV. He couldn’t identify harappan artefacts

B. I only
D. I&III only

Ans: C

38. Consider the given statements about Deadman Lane:
I. Bones were discovered from Deadman Lane in a friable condition
II. Wheeler correlated the evidences from Deadman Lane with Rig Veda  and gave an invasion theory
III. George Dales questioned the invasion theory saying the skeletons did not belong to the Harappan period

Deadman lane is located in which of these Indus Valley sites?
A. Harappa
B. Kalibangan
C. Mohenjodaro
D. Rakhigarhi
Ans: C

39. Match the following

1. Mohenjodaro & Indus Civilisationa. R.E.M Wheeler
2. Harappa 1946b. G.F. Dales
3. The Mythical Massacre at Mohenjodaroc. John Marshall
4. Early Indus Civilisationd. Ernest Mackay

Ans:  1- c, 2- a, 3-b, 4-d

*‘My Archaeological Mission to India and Pakistan’ was written by R.E.M Wheeler

40. Consider these statements
I. Shortughai was the best source of lapis lazuli
II. There is evidence of Ganeshwar Jodhpura culture in Khetri
III. Evidence of ploughed field is found at Kalibangan
IV. Terracotta models of plough found at Cholistan & Banawali
Which of these statements is/are correct?
A. I & III

Ans:  D

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