Early Tamil Society and Culture Book Back Questions

9th Standard

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Social Science

Time : 00:45:00 Hrs
Total Marks : 30
    3 x 1 = 3
  1. The name of the script used in the Sangam Age

    (a)

    English

    (b)

    Devanagari

    (c)

    Tamil-Brahmi

    (d)

    Granta

  2. The notable Chola king credited with bringing forest lands under the plough and developing irrigational facilities

    (a)

    Karikalan

    (b)

    Rajarajan I

    (c)

    Kulothungan

    (d)

    Rajendran I

  3. (i) Coins as a medium of exchange were introduced for the first time in the Sangam Age.
    (ii) Prakrit was the language used by the common people in Northern India during the Mauryan period.
    (iii) Vienna Papyrus, a Roman document, mentions trade related to Muziri.
    (iv) The concept of Thinai is presented in the Tamil grammar work of Pathupaattu.

    (a)

    (i) is correct

    (b)

    (ii) is correct

    (c)

    (iii) is correct

    (d)

    (iv) incorrect

  4. 3 x 1 = 3
  5. ___________ are documents scripted on stones, copper plates, coins and rings

    ()

       Epigraphy

  6. ___________ the classic work on economy and statecraft authored by Kautilya during the Mauryan period.

    ()

      Arthasastra

  7. ___________ referred to the Westerners, including the Greeks, Romans and West Asian people.

    ()

      Yavanar

  8. 4 x 1 = 4
  9. Epigraphy

  10. (1)

    an ornament made in precious stone

  11. Chronicle

  12. (2)

    a narrative text presenting the important historical events

  13. Cameo

  14. (3)

    a Sangam Age port

  15. Arikkamedu

  16. (4)

    the study of inscriptions

    1 x 4 = 4
  17. Hero Stones:
    (a) What was the common practice in a pastoral society?
    (b) Who plundered the cattle wealth of enemies?
    (c) How were the dead warriors remembered?
    (d) Which Tamil text describes the procedures for erecting hero stones?

  18. 2 x 1 = 2
  19. a) Evidence of iron smelting has been found in Kodumanal and Guttur.
    b) Periplus of Erythren Sea mentions about the pepper trade with India.
    c) Punch marked coins are the earliest coins used in India mostly made of gold.
    d) The Sangam Age has its roots in the Bronze Age.

  20. a) The Cheras ruled over Kaveri delta and their capital was Uraiyur.
    b) The Maangulam Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions mention the King Karikalan.
    c) The terms Vanikan and Nigama appear in Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions were different types of merchants.
    d) Salt merchants were called Vanikars and they travelled in bullock carts along with their family.

  21. 3 x 3 = 9
  22. Archaeological sites provide evidence of past history - Discuss.

  23. The Tamil rulers were independent of Mauryan authority. What explanation would you offer.

  24. Overseas interactions brought glory to ancient Tamilagam. Give examples in support.

  25. 1 x 5 = 5
  26. To what extent do you think the political powers of Tamilagam influenced Sangam Age polity?

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