Topicwise Questions - Ancient Indian Texts

Multiple Choice Questions - Ancient Scholars and their Works

1. Amuktamalayada is a book written by

  1. Harshavardhana
  2. Sri Krishna Deva Raya
  3. Bana Bhatta
  4. Rajendra Chola

2. The book which gives an account of how Chandragupta Maurya overthrew the power of the Nandas with the help of Kautilya.

  1. Arthashastra
  2. Rajataringini
  3. Amuktamalayada
  4. Mudra Rakshasa

3. The book which deals with the history of Kashmir from the earliest times to 1150 A.D.

  1. Rajataringini
  2. Ratnavali
  3. Mrichchakatikam
  4. Kumar Sambhava

4. Prashnottar Ratna Malika, a treatise on eternal values of life in Hinduism has been authored by -

  1. Adi Shankaracharya
  2. Manu
  3. Bhrigu Samhita
  4. Rajatarangini

5. Who of the ancient Indian scholars calculated the exact value of pi?

  1. Varahamira
  2. Bhaskaracharya
  3. Brahmagupta
  4. Aryabhatta

6. The famed Betal Pachisi is a part of which of the following books?

  1. Panchatantra
  2. Kathasaritsagar
  3. Mudra Rakshsasha
  4. Hitopadesha

7. Which of the following books is based on a story appearing in the beginning of Mahabharata?

  1. Mudra Rakshasha
  2. Malvikagnimitra
  3. Geet Govinda
  4. Abhigyan Shakuntalam

8. Padmavat, the book on the life of Padmini, Queen of Chittor, is written by

  1. Vishnu Sharma
  2. Chand Bardai
  3. Kalhana
  4. Malik Mohd Jaysi

9. The book which deals with the love plays of the Dark Lord Krishna and his fair beloved Radha.

  1. Geet Govinda
  2. Meghdoot
  3. Padmavat
  4. Raghuvamsa

10. Which of the following books has not been written by a king?

  1. Amuktamalayada
  2. Babar-Namah
  3. Ratnavali
  4. Harsha Charita

11. Which of the following books is a treatise on economics and politics written by Chanakya?

  1. Natyashastra
  2. Arthashastra
  3. Ashtadhyayi
  4. Aryabhatiya

12. Who among the following was a Sanskrit grammarian and author of Ashtadhyayi?

  1. Patanjali
  2. Panini
  3. Manu
  4. Kalidasa

13. Malavikagnimitra, a book based on the life of Agnimitra son of Pushyamitra Sunga, is written by

  1. Kalidasa
  2. Visakha Dutta
  3. Jaidev
  4. Chanakya

14. Who among the following is known as the ‘Father of Indian Medicine’?

  1. Charaka
  2. Sushruta
  3. Patanjali
  4. Panini


15. Which of the following books is the foundational book of Sanskrit grammar?

  1. Mahabhasya
  2. Ashtadhyayi
  3. Meghdootam
  4. Bhrigu Samhita

16. He was an ancient Indian surgeon, also known as the ‘Father of Surgery’.

  1. Charaka
  2. Sushruta
  3. Patanjali
  4. Vatsayana

17. Which of the following books dwells upon various surgeries and surgical instruments?

  1. Charaka Samhita
  2. Bhrigu Samhita
  3. Sushruta Samhita
  4. Rajatarangini

18. Which of the author-book combination is not correct?

  1. Rajtaringini – Kalhana
  2. Mudra Rakshasha – Vishakha Datta
  3. Panchatantra – Shudraka
  4. Buddha Charitam – Ashwaghosha
  1. a and b only
  2. a, b and c
  3. c only
  4. None of the above

19. Who of the following is credited with the introduction of decimal system?

  1. Aryabhatta
  2. Bhaskaracharya
  3. Varahamira
  4. Kautilya

20. Which of the following is a collection of fables explaining the principles of life?

  1. Panchatantra
  2. Kathasaritsagar
  3. Jataka tales
  4. Arthashastra

21. Which of the following books has not been written by Kalidasa?

  1. Raghuvamsa
  2. Meghdoot
  3. Kumar Sambhava
  4. Geet Govinda

22. Who among the following wrote ‘Mahabhashya’ a comment on Sanskrit book Ashtadhyayi?

  1. Patanjali
  2. Kalidasa
  3. Kalahana
  4. Chanakya

23. Who among the following is the author of the book ‘Prithviraj Raso’?

  1. Bana Bhatt
  2. Chand Bardai
  3. Todar Mal
  4. Mirabai

24. Kamandaka's Nitisara is a contribution to:

  1. Logic and Philosophy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Political morality
  4. Grammar

25. The Lilavati of Bhaskara is a standard text on:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Surgery
  3. Poetics
  4. Linguistics