CUET History Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation

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Class XII

Q.1. The Harappan civilization was mainly concentrated in:

a. Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat (True Answer)

b. Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

c. Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi

d. Gujarat, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh


Exp: Nearly 1500 Harappan sites are known so far in the subcontinent. A part of Punjab, an important site of the Harappan civilization,lies in Pakistan.

Q.2. Three most common features of all Indus valley sites are:

a. Use of baked bricks and pottery, elaborate drainage system and occurrence of marsh or jungle animals (True Answer)

b. Climate, flora, fauna and artificial irrigation

c. Desert, rivers and zoological features

d. Buildings, town planning and burial system


Exp: Archeological evidences show that the Harappan culture was distinguished by its system of town planning. It was having a great bath with its floor made of burnt bricks.

Q.3. The term ‘Late Harappan’, which is gaining currency now, does not stand for:

a. Declining phase of the culture

b. Use of iron by the Harappan (True Answer)

c. The post-urban phase of the culture

d. Regional variations in the culture


Exp: Earlier it was called the post-Harappan culture and also as the sub-Indus Culture.

Q.4. One of the most plausible reasons, which made the Harappans move away from their urban settlement, was:

a. Foreign invasion

b. Hydrological changes (True Answer)

c. Ecological changes

d. Demographic changes


Exp: Historians attribute the advent of Aryans also as one of reason for the migration of the Harappans from their urban settlement.

Q.5. In which of the following respects, do the various Harappan sites have a marked uniformity?

a. Agricultural practices

b. Crafts

c. Town Planning (True Answer)

d. Seals

Q.6. Which of the following was not the likely purpose of the Great Bath in the citadel at Mohenjodaro?

a. Community bathing

b. Swimming exercise and water sports

c. Some elaborate ritual of vital importance, including a corporate social life

d. Storage of water to be used during drought or emergency (True Answer)


Exp: According to historians, the Great Bath used for ritual bathing also.

Q.7. The Harappan towns and cities were divided into large ______________ blocks.

a. Square

b. Rectangular(True Answer)

c. Circular

d. Semi-circular


Exp: The city was divided into so many blocks. The roads cut across one another almost at right angles.

Q.8. The common household utensils of the Harappan people were made of:

a. Stone

b. Faience

c. Well-baked painted pottery (True Answer)

d. Copper


Exp: Especially pots were important utensils. The Harappans were experts in making and using the potter’s wheel.

Q.9. Harappan weapons were made of:

a. Stone

b. Copper

c. Bronze

d. All the above (True Answer)


Exp: Important weapons were axes, saws, knives and spears.

Q.10. Harappan people had a common burial system, which is proved by:

a. The earth burials with the head of the dead normally laid towards the north

b. The burial of commonly used items with the dead

c. Both (a) and (b) above (True Answer)

d. The burial of the dead body in the sitting posture


Exp: The body was wrapped in a shroud, and was then placed inside a wooden coffin, which was entombed in a rectangular pit surrounded with burial offerings in pottery vessels. The man was buried wearing a long necklace of 340 graduated steatite beads and three separate pendant beads made of natural stone and three gold beads.

Q.11. The deification/worship of which of the following was not part of the religion of the Indus valley people?

a. Mother Goddess

b. Forces of nature (True Answer)

c. Trees and their spirits

d. Certain animal chimeras and their entropic figures


Exp: The Harappan believed that ghosts and evil forces are cable of harming them and, therefore used amulets.

Q.12. Rows of distinctive fire altars with the provision of ritual bathing have been found at:

a. Mohenjodaro

b. Harappan

c. Kalibangan (True Answer)

d. Lothal


Exp: Kalibangan is located in Rajasthan.

Q.13. From a large number of seals discovered from almost all the Harappan sites, it appears that they were used for ______________ purposes.

a. Ritualistic and religious

b. Commercial

c. Both (a) and (b) above (True Answer)

d. Symbolic


Exp: So far 2000 seals have been excavated. All those seals carry short inscriptions with pictures such as the one –horned bull, the buffalo, the tiger, the rhinoceros, the goat and the elephant.

Q.14. An animal engraved on most of the Harappan seals is the:

a. Humpless bull or unicorn (True Answer)

b. Elephant

c. Bison

d. Tiger

Exp: Unicornseal from Mohenjo-daro measures 29 mm inches on each side and is made of fired steatite. Steatite is an easily carved soft stone that becomes hard after firing.

Q.15. In the Harappan buildings mostly burnt bricks were used, not stones, because:

a. Without iron tools stone-cutting was difficult

b. Bricks provided better flood defense

c. Bricks were ideally suited for the moist climate

d. Stone was not readily available (True Answer)

Q.16. Copper, used most widely by the Harappans, was obtained from:

a. Baluchistan

b. Mesopotamia

c. Khetri mines (True Answer)

d. Both (a) and (b) above


Exp: Khetri mines are located in Rajasthan.

Q.17. The most important industry of the Harappan at Lothal and Chanhudaro was:

a. Shipbuilding

b. Bead-making (True Answer)

c. Handlooms

d. Metallurgical industries

Exp: These tiny steatite beads were found in the Harappan cemetery and come from an elaborate hair ornament worn by a male individual.

Q.18. Which of the following was not one of the distinctive features of Harappan Culture?

a. Rectangular town planning

b. Absence of canal irrigation

c. Use of iron side by side with copper or bronze for implements (True Answer)

d. Granaries

Q.19. The Harappan people conducted brisk trade with:

a. Afghanistan

b. Mesopotamia

c. Bahrain

d. All the above (True Answer)

Q.20. Which one of the following were the most likely authors of the Harappan civilization?

a. Sumerians

b. Dravidians or Mediterraneans (True Answer)

c. Aryans

d. Australoids


Exp: This is based on the linguistic evidences.

Q.21. Which one of the following distinguishes the Harappan from other contemporary civilization of the world?

a. Religious beliefs and social life

b. Development of science and technology

c. Town planning, drainage and sanitation (True Answer)

d. Uniform weights and measures and commercial contacts


Exp: the use of backed bricks is more in the Harappan cities than in contemporary Mesopotamia.

Q.22. The greatest defect of the drainage system of the Indus valley was:

a. Drains were covered with loose bricks

b. Drains were not connected to soak- pits

c. Drains were located near the wells (True Answer)

d. Drains were only 30 cm deep and 23 cm wide and, therefore, they often over flowed

Q.23. Which of the following weapons did the Harappan people not use?

a. Arrows and swords

b. Daggers and spears

c. Mace-heads and missiles

d. Tiger claws and poisoned arrows (True Answer)

Q.24. A yogi of the Harappan seals wearing a horned cap and surrounded by animals has been identified with:

a. Mahayageshwar

b. Pashupati Shiva (True Answer)

c. Murugan

d. Rudra

Q.25. Which one of the following was not a religious belief of the Harappan people?

a. Belief in evil spirits and life hereafter

b. Cults and fire and fertility

c. Adoration of trees and animals

d. Erection of large prayer houses (True Answer)

Q.26. The latest Harappan site discovered in Gujarat is:

a. Dholavira (True Answer)

b. Khandia

c. Kuntasi

d. Manda


Exp: Water reservoir found at Dholavira shows that water was stored for agriculture .

Q.27. Wheeler point out some kind of military assault or mass execution of the Harappan people based on skeleton found at:

a. Mohenjodaro (True Answer)

b. Harappa

c. Chanhudaro

d. Desalpur


Exp: But according to Indian historians, there is no archaeological evidence of any mass-scale confrontation between the mature Harappans and the Aryans.

Q.28. The Harappan civilization does not have homogeneity or uniformity in:

a. Weights and Measures

b. Cereals Crops

c. Burial Practices

d. Both (b) and (c) above (True Answer)

Q.29. The entry port for trade between the Indus trading centers and Mesopotamia was

a. Elam

b. Oman

c. Bahrain (True Answer)

d. Afganistan


Exp: Dilmun is identified with Bahrain on the Persian Gulf.

Q.30. The Harappan cities were ruled by:

a. Monarch

b. Priest King

c. Merchants Oligarchy

d. Not Known (True Answer)

Ex: But there were ruling class in the society.

Q.31. The most active trade contacts between Harappan civilization and Mesopotamia existed during the period:

a. 2350 BC- 1770 BC (True Answer)

b. 2500 BC-1500 BC

c. 2000 BC-1500 BC

d. 2480 BC-2300 BC


Exp: Mesopotamian texts mention about two intermediate trading stations called Dilmun and Makan which are located between Mesopotamia and Meluha.

Q.32. The largest building at Mohenjodaro is

a. The great bath

b. The granary (True Answer)

c. The audience chamber or pillared hall

d. The collegiate building


Exp: The granary is 45.71 metres long and 15.23 metres wide. In the citadel of Harappan six granaries have been excavated.

Q.33. Which one of these is the most recurring ‘field symbol’ on Harappan seals?

a. Unicorn (True Answer)

b. Bull

c. Rhinoceros

d. Composite animals

Q.34. At Kalibangan a ploughed field, showing furrows in two directions cutting each other at right angles shows that:

a. It was meant for single crop pattern

b. It was mainly for planting trees

c. It was a method of cropping two different plants on the same field (True Answer)

d. It was meant for crop rotation


Exp: Historians are not sure whether the ploughs were drawn by men or oxen. The furrows were used to plough fields in Rajasthan.

Q.35. The first Harappan site excavated in India after Independence is:

a. Ropar (True Answer)

b. Kt Diji

c. Lothal

d. Rakhigarhi

Q.36. We don’t find Harappan inscriptions on :

a. Copper tablets

b. Bone

c. Ivory

d. Brick (True Answer)

Q.37. The majority of Harappan inscription are found on:

a. Stone seals (True Answer)

b. Pottery

c. Seal impressions on clay

d. Copper tablets

Q.38. A steatite seal found at Mohenjodaro depicts a composite beast comprising some of the following:

1. A human face shown in profile

2. Horns of a zebu

3. Tusks and trunk of an elephant

4. Mane of a lion

5. Body of a bull

6. Ears of a donkey

Q.38. Which of the following is not shown?

a. Only 1

b. Only 6 (True Answer)

c. 1 and 6

d. 2 and 6

Q.39. Which one of the following areas seems to be the ‘core area’ in which the Mature Indus civilization first appeared?

a. Sind (True Answer)

b. Cholistan

c. Punjab

d. Saraswati- Drishadvati valley


Exp: In Sind the total number of excavated sites are 106.

Q.40. Which of these animals was not regarded as a domesticated species during the Mature Harappan phase?

a. Cattle

b. Buffalo (True Answer)

c. Sheep

d. Goat

CUET History Questions Objective Types for Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation Set-B

Q.41. Trade between the cities of Indus valley and those of Mesopotamia was conducted through:

a. Only land route

b. Only sea route

c. Both land and sea routes (True Answer)

d. Only river transport


Exp: The Harappans practiced navigations on the coast of the Arabian Sea.

Q.42. Which of the following animals were domesticated by the Harappans?

a. Oxen

b. Buffaloes

c. Goats

c. All the above ( True answer)


Exp: Apart from these animals, the humped bulls were also domesticated. It was favoured by the Harappans.

Q.43. Which one of the following was not used in the Great Bath of Mohenjodaro?

a. Burnt-bricks

b. Mortar

c. Gypsum

d. Stone (True Answer)


Exp: The Great Bath with its floor made of burnt bricks’ had a large well from which water was drawn.

Q.44. In which of the following Harappan sites houses had entrances on the main street as opposed to the usual side entrances?

a. Kalibangan

b. Dholavira

c. Lothal (True Answer)

d. Harappa

Exp: The arrangement of the houses in the cities followed the grid system.

Q.45. The Mature Harappan civilization appears to have lasted for around __________ centuries:

a. Four

b. Five

c. Six (True Answer)

d. Eight


Exp: The mature Harappan culture existed between 2550 B.C. and 1900 B.C.

Q.46. The metal most widely used by the Indus valley people was:

a. Copper (True Answer)

b. Bronze

c. Gold and Silver

d. Tin


Exp: The Harappans got copper from the Khetri copper mines of Rajasthan and also form Baluchistahn.

Q.47. Which of the religious beliefs of the Harappan people does not continue till this day?

a. Worship of Pashupati

b. Pipal worship

c. Fire worship

d. Worship of unicorn (True Answer)


Exp: The Harappans worshipped Pashupati also. The seal of Pashupati has been found at Mohenjo-daro.

Q.48. Terracotta seated figures of women making dough were not found at which of these sites?

a. Harappa

b. Surkotada (True Answer)

c. Mohenjodaro

d. Chanhudaro

Q.49. In which of the following respects is there considerable variation in the Harappan civilization?

a. Town planning

b. Brick sizes

c. Weights and measures

d. Size of dwellings (True Answer)

Q.50. Harappan people had closest external contacts with:

a. Bahrain

b. Iran

c. Mesopotamia (True Answer)

d. Egypt


Exp: The Harappans had commercial links with Afghanistan and Iran also. All exchanges were through barter system.

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CUET History Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation
CUET History Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation
CUET History Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation
CUET History Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation
CUET History Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation
CUET History Chapter 1 Bricks, Beads and Bones The Harappan Civilisation