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Q1. The Kingdom which was most powerful among the four Mahajanapadas

(a) Anga 

(b) Magadha 

(c) Kosala 

(d) Vajji



There were four major Mahajanapadas

  • Magadha in Bihar
  • Avanti in Ujjain
  • Kosala in Eastern Uttar Pradesh and
  • Vatsa in Kausambi, Allahabad.
  • Among the four Mahajanapadas, Magadha emerged as an empire.


Q2. Among the following: who was the contemporary of Gautama Buddha?

(a) Ajatasatru 

(b) Bindusara 

(c) Padmanabha Nanda 

(d) Brihadratha



Haryanka Dynasty:

  • Bimbisara son Ajatasatru, a contemporary of Buddha, convened the first Buddhist Council at Rajagriha.


Q3. Which of the following are the sources of the Mauryan period?

(a) Artha Sastra 

(b) Indica 

(c) Mudrarakshasa 

(d) All



Mauryan Empire: Source

Archaeological sources Punch Marked Coins.
Inscriptions Edicts of Ashoka, Junagath


Secular Literature Kautilya’s Arthasastra Visakadatta’s Mudrarakshasa Mamulanar’s poem in Agananuru
Religious Literature Jain, Buddhist texts and Puranas
Foreign Notices Dipavamsa, Mahavamsa and



Q4. Chandra Gupta Maurya abdicated the thrown and went to Sravanbelgola along with Jaina Saint ______________.

(a) Bhadrabahu 

(b) Stulabahu 

(c) Parswanatha 

(d) Rushabhanatha



  • The Mauryan Empire was the first largest empire in India. 
  • Chandragupta Maurya established the empire in Magadha.
  • Bhadrabahu, a Jain monk, took Chandragupta Maurya to the southern India.


Q5. _______ was the ambassador of Seleucus Nicator.

(a) Ptolemy 

(b) Kautilya 

(c) Xerxes 

(d) Megasthenese




  • He was the ambassador of the Greek ruler, Seleucus, in the court of Chandra Gupta. 
  • He stayed in India for 14 years.
  • His book Indica is one of the main sources for the study of the Mauryan Empire.


Q6. Who was the last emperor of the Mauryan Dynasty?

(a) Chandragupta Maurya 

(b) Ashoka

(c) Brihadratha 

(d) Bindusara


Sol.Last Maurya ruler Brihadratha was killed by his commander Pushyamitra Sungha who established the Sungha dynasty.


II.Match the statement with the reason/Tick the appropriate answer:


Statement (A) Ashoka is considered as one of India’s greatest rulers.

Reason (R) He ruled according to the principle of Dhamma.

(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A.

(b) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of A.

(c) A is true but R is false.

(d) A is false but R is true.



  • Ashoka was the most famous of the Mauryan kings. 
  • He was known as ‘Devanam Piya’ meaning ‘beloved of the Gods’.
  • After the battle of Kalinga, Ashoka became a Buddhist. 
  • He undertook tours (Dharmayatras) to different parts of the country instructing people on the policy of Dhamma. 
  • The meaning of Dhamma is explained in Ashoka’s – Pillar Edict II
  • It contained the noblest ideas of humanism, forming the essence of all religions.


Q8. Which of the statements given below is/are correct?

Statement 1: Chandragupta Maurya was the first ruler who unified entire India under one political unit.

Statement 2: The Arthashastra provides information about the Mauryan administration

(a) only 1 

(b) only 2 

(c) both 1 and 2 

(d) neither 1 nor 2



  • Statement I is wrong.

Mauryan sources : 

  • Secular Literature – Kautilya’s Arthasastra, Visakadatta’s Mudrarakshasa Mamulanar’s poem in Agananuru.


Q9. Consider the following statements and find out which of the following statement(s) is/are correct.

1) Chandragupta Maurya was the first king of Magadha.

2) Rajagriha was the capital of Magadha.

(a) only 1 

(b) only 2 

(c) both 1 and 2 

(d) neither 1 nor 2



  • Bimbisara was the first king of Magadha.Statement I is Incorrect
  • Rajagriha was the capital of Magadha.Statement II is Correct

Q10. Arrange the following dynasties in chronological order.

(a) Nanda – Sishunaga – Haryanka – Maurya

(b) Nanda – Sishunaga –Maurya – Haryanka

(c) Haryanka – Sishunaga – Nanda – Maurya

(d) Sishunaga – Maurya – Nanda – Haryanka



Haryanka – Sishunaga – Nanda – Maurya


Q11. Which of the following factors contributed to the rise of the Magadha Empire?

1) Strategic location

2) Thick forest supplied timber and elephant

3) Control over sea

4) Availability of rich deposits of iron ores

(a) 1, 2 and 3 only

(b) 3 and 4 only

(c) 1, 2 and 4 only

(d) All of these




III.Fill in the blanks:

  1. ____________________ was the earliest capital of Magadha.(Rajagriha)
  2. Mudrarakshasa was written by ____________________.(Visakadatta’s)
  3. ____________________ was the son of Bindusara.(Ashoka)
  4. The founder of the Maurya Empire was ______.(Chandragupta Maurya)
  5. ____________________ were appointed to spread Dhamma all over the empire.(Dhamma-mahamattas)
  6. State True or False:
  7. The title Devanam Piya was given to Chandragupta Maurya.(False)
  8. Ashoka gave up war after his defeat in Kalinga.(True)
  9. Ashoka’s Dhamma was based on the principle of Buddhism.(True)
  10. The lions on the currency notes are taken from the Rampurwa bull capital.(False)
  11. Buddha’s relics were placed in the centre of the Stupas.(True)


Q12.Match the following:


  1. Gana 1. Arthasastra
  2. Megasthenese 2. religious tours
  3. Chanakya 3. people
  4. Dharmayatras 4. Indica

(a) 3 4 1 2

(b) 2 4 3 1

(c) 3 1 2 4

(d) 2 1 4 3



  • Megasthenese – Indica
  • Dharmayatras – religious tours
  • Gana – People
  • Chanakya – Arthasastra




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