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Class XII History CBSE Unit Test Paper-2

Class XII History CBSE Unit Test Paper-2

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Material downloaded fromhttp://myCBSEguide.comandhttp://onlineteachers.co.in  Portal for CBSE Notes, Test Papers, Sample Papers, Tips and Tricks
Answer all the questions. Marks are indicated against each question.II.
Answer to question carrying 2 marks (Part-A question 1 to 5) should not exceed 30 world each.III.
Answer to question carrying 5 marks should not exceed 100 words each.IV.
Answer to question carrying 8 marks should not exceed 250 words.V.
Attach the maps with the answer script.
Answer all the questions given bellow:Q1. How were the Shakas, who came from central Asia, regarded by the Brahmanas?Name their best know ruler and one of his contribution.[2]Q2. Mention two reasons for having control on the North Frontier of Vijay Nagar bythe Sultan of Deccan and the Gajapati ruler of orissa.[2]Q3. Name the book written by Battuta. What was his observation about female slavesin the subcontiment?[2]Q4. Mention any two ways in which the inscriptions of land grants help us tounderstand rural society in ancient India.[2]Q5. Mention two types of technologies that the peasants used in agriculture toincrease their production in sixth century B. C. E.[2]
Answer any eight questions :Q6. Describe how did the archaeologists classify their finds. [5]Q7. Explain the case of Vaishnavism, cult developed around the various avatars of the [5]
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deity.Q8. Explain how access to property sharpened social differences between men andwomen in ancient times.[5]Q9. Explain the teaching of Buddha. [5]Q10. Describe the Various efforts made by scholars to reconstruct the history of thecity and the empire from the ruins of Hampi up to the 20
century.[5]Q11. Why did travelers, who came to India, some times took social inequalities forgranted as a natural state of affairs? Explain.[5]Q12. “Historians find it particularly a difficult task to understand a text as cowper asthe Mahabharata” Justify this statement.[5]Q13. Explain what happened to the Amravati Stupa and why? [5]Q14. Explain how the people of Vijaynagar obtained water for their needs. [5]Q15. Explain the sources for reconstructing the history of the Mouryan Empire. [5]Q16. Explain the importance of new questions and debate that began from the sixthcentury B C E regarding Vedic traditions and practices of sacrifices.[5]
Q17. Explain the teaching of Guru Nanak. Did he wish to establish new religion?
 Explain the textual traditions regarding religions beliefs.[8]Q18. Explain the importance of ‘Sacred Centre’ in Vijaynagar with special emphasis of Gopuram and Mandapas.
 Compare and contrast the perspectives from which lbn Battuta and Bernier writeaccounts of traveling in India.[8]
(Sources based questions)Q19. For men the Manusmriti declares there are seven means of acquiring wealth : [3]
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inheritance, finding, Purchase, conquest, investment, work and acceptance of gifts from good people.For women, there are six means of acquiring wealth : What was given in front of the fire (marriage) or the bridal procession or as a taken of affection, and what she got from her brother, mother, or father. She could also acquire wealththrough any subsequent gift and whatever her ‘affectionate’ husband might giveher.(i) Explain the means how men could acquire wealth, according to Manusmrity.[3](ii) Explain the means of acquiring wealth by women. [2](iii) Explain the result of having different ways of acquiring wealth by men andwomen. [2](iv) Do you agree with such a division of acquiring wealth or not? Give onereason. [1]Q20. The system of Varnas.This Al-Biruni’s account of the system of Varnas :The highest caste are the Brahmana of whom the book of the Hindus tell us that they were created from the head of Brahman. And as the Brahman in onlyanother name for the force called nature, and the head in the highest part of thebody, the Brahmana are the choice part of the whole genus. Therefore the HinduConsider them as the very best of mankind.The next caste are the Kshatriya, who were created, as they say, from theshoulders and hands of Brahman. Their degree in not much below that of theBrahmana. After them follow the Vaishya, who were created from the thigh of Brahman. The Shudra who were created from his feet.Between the latter two classes there is no very distance. Much, however, as theseclasses differ from each other, they live together in the same towns and villagesmixed together in the same houses and lodgings.(i) Explain Al-Biruni’s account of the system of Varnas. [4](ii) Do you consider this type of division justified? Explain with reasons. [2](iii) How was the system not quite rigid in the real life? Explain. [2][3]

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