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Ancient Terminology

If you go through Indian History you will come across several terms like Satyuga, Sardeshmukhi, Fatwa-i-Alamgiri, Ghatika, Bhaga, Silka, Kara, Silhadar, Vidushak, Ashtapradhan, Kula, Gotra, Vamsa, Kosa, Apabhramsa, Ratnakar, Parishda, Manigrama, Ashtadikagaja, Fawazil, Kathopnishad, Mundak upanishad, Milindpanho, Nishaka etc.In fact throughout Indian History such specific terminolofy have been associated with various practises mentioned in ancient texts as well as administrative functioning of different rulers.
Take a specially created short test on ancient terminology:

1. In the Pala and Pratihara empires the Governor of a province was known as

a. Grama Mahattara
b. Uparika
c. mandala
d. Pradhana


2. The general assembly of a village under chola rulers waas known as

a. Mandalas
b. Sabha
c. Ur
d. samiti


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3. In the medieval India the trade guilds were known as

a. Shrenis
b. Tasta
c. Vapta
d. Vaishyas


4. A school of Hindu philosophy "Advaitavada" was propounded by

a. Ramanuja
b. Ramananda
c. Kabir
d. Sankara


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5. What were the military chiefs known as in Vijayanagar empire

a. Senapati
b. Palegars
c. Shrenis
d. Amil


6. "Tripitakas" are

a. Religious books of the Buddhists
b. Religious books of the Jains
c. Religious books of the Lingayat sect
d. Religious books of the Advaitavada


7. Amongst the Rig vedic Aryans "Nivi" was

a. Arable land
b. Grass land
c. A festival
d. An undergarment


8. The district officer in Chandra Gupta Maurya's time was known as

a. Gopa
b. Sthanik
c. Kumara
d. Amatyas


9. What occupational group was known as "nisada" during the Rig Vedic period

a. Potter
b. Barber
c. Sweeper
d. Fisher Man


10. Match the following:

A- Diwan-i-Arz 1. Turkish Nobles
B- Chahalgani 2. Military Department
C- Ulama 3. District
D- Iqtas 4. Theologians

a A-4, B-2, C-3, D-1
b A-2, B-1, C-4, D-3
c A-4, B-1, C-2, D-3
d A-2, B-4, C-1, D-3


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