Sample paper 2014-15( Part-I)
a) Answer all the questions. Some questions have internal choice. Marks are indicated against each question.
b) Answer to questions carrying 2 marks (Part A 1 to 3) should not exceed 30 words each.
c) Answer to questions carrying 5 marks (Part B Section I, II, III & IV - Questions 4 to 14 should not exceed 100 words each.
d) Answer to questions carrying 10 marks (Part C Questions 15 and 16) should not exceed 500 words each.
e) Part D questions are based on 3 sources( Part-C Questions 17 to19)
f) Attach maps with the answer scripts (Part E)
Answer the following questions (3X2=6)
1. Write a note on the weights and measures used by the Harappa people.
2. What were the two processes involved in integration of cult according to historians?
PART-B (Section- I)
Answer any three questions (3X5=15)
3. How did the Magadha kingdom become powerful during the 6th to 4th century B.C in five points?
4. Explain the major and important teachings of Jainism in five points.
5. Analyse the text Mahabharata on any five elements.
6. Discuss the development in sculpture and architecture associated with rise of vaishnavism and Shaivism in five points.
Answer any two questions (2X5=10)
7. Discuss the ways in which the Alvars and Nayanars spread the Bhakthi movement?
8. Discuss (any three) features of Mahanavami Dibba with (any four) ceremonies associated with it.
Answer the following questions
9. Explain the roles village Panjayats and Jati Panjayats regulated rural society. 5+5=10
How was the city Hambi discovered? Explain the contribution of Krishnadeve Raya for the expansion of Vijayanagara Empire. 5+5=10
10. Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :
Prabhavati Gupta and the village of Danguna
This is what Prabhavati Gupta states in her inscription :Prabhavati Gupta ... commands the gramakutumbinas (householders/peasants living in the village). Brahmanas and others living in the village of Danguna.
“Be it known to you that on the twelfth (lunar day) of the bright (fortnight) of Karttika, in order to increase our religious merit donated this village with the pouring out of water, to the Acharya (teacher) Chanalasvam in... You should obey all (his) commands ... We confer on (him) the following exemptions typical of an agrahara ... (this village is) not to be entered by soldiers and policemen : (it is) exempt from (the obligation to provide) grass, (animal) hides as seats, and charcoal (to touring royal offices); exempt from (the royal prerogative of) purchasing fermenting liquors and digging (salt); exempt from (the right to) mines and khadira trees; exempt from (the obligation to supply) flowers and milk; (it is donated) together with (the right to) hidden treasures and deposits (and) together with major and minor taxes...” This charter has been written in the thirteenth (regnal) year. (It has been) engraved by Chakradasa.
(i) Who had issued this inscription? 1
(ii) Why does she want to donate the land? Who is the receiver of the land? 2
(iii) What were the exemptions conferred on a typical agrahara land? 2
(iv) State the significance of this source in three points. 3
The most ancient system yet discovered
About the drains, Mackay noted: “It is certainly the most complete ancient system as yet discovered.” Every rouse was connected to the street drains. The main channels were made of bricks set in mortar and were covered with loose bricks that could be removed for cleaning. In some cases, limestone was used for the covers. House drains first emptied into a sump or cesspit into which solid matter settled while water flowed out into the street drains. Very long drainage channels were provided at intervals with sumps for cleaning. It is a wonder of archaeology that “little heaps of material, mostly sand, have frequently been found lying alongside drainage channels, which shows… that the debris was not always carted away when the drain was cleared.”
FROM ERNEST MACKAY, Early Indus Civilisation, 1948.
Drainage systems were not unique to the larger cities, but were found in smaller settlements as well. At Lothal for example, while houses were built of mud bricks, drains were made of burnt bricks.
(a) How were street drains used in Harappa? 2
(b) What was considered as wonder of archaeology in drainage system? 2
(c) Name the materials used for drainage system. 2
(d) How was construction of houses interconnected with drains? 2
11. Travelling with the Mughal army
Bernier often travelled with the army. This is an excerpt from his description of the army’s march to Kashmir:
I am expected to keep two good Turkoman horses and I also take with me a powerful Persian camel and driver, a groom for my horses, a cook and a servant to go before my horse with a flask of water in his hand, according to the custom of the country. I am also provided with every useful article, such as a tent of moderate size, a carpet, a portable bed made of four very strong but light canes, a pillow, a mattress, round leather table-cloth, three small bags with culinary utensils which are all placed in a large bag, and this bag is again carried in a very capacious and strong double sack likewise contains the provisions, linen and wearing apparel, both of master and servants. I have taken care to lay in a stock of excellent rice for five or six days’ consumption, of sweet biscuits flavoured with anise (a herb), of limes and sugar. Nor have I forgotten a linen bag with its small iron hook for the purpose of suspending and draining dahi or curds; nothing being considered so refreshing in this country as lemonade and dahi.
(a) Who was Bernier? When did he come to India? What were responsibilities given to him by the ruler? 3
(b) What were the essential articles carried by him? 3
(c) Who were sent with him for helping the traveller? 2
Nuts like a man’s head
The following is how Ibn Buttuta described the coconut:
These trees are among the most peculiar trees in kind and most astonishing in habit. They look exactly like date-palms, without any difference between them except that the one produces nuts as its fruits and the other produces dates. The nut of a coconut tree resembles a man’s head, for in it are what look like two eyes and a mouth, and the inside of it when it is green looks like the brain, and attached to it is a fibre which looks like hair. They make from this cords with which they sew up ships instead of (using) iron nails, and they (also) make from it cables for vessels.
a) What are the comparisons that Ibn-Battuta makes about look of coconut? 2
b) Do you think his comparisons are appropriate? Why? 2
c) How did he convey a sense that this fruit is unusual? 2
d) What was the other commodity which he saw unusual in India? Why? 2
20. On the outline map of India name and mark any five craft centres of Indus Valley Civilisation. 5
On the outline map of India mark the following cities under vijayanagar rule.