Buy Harappan Civilisation Discussion Questions
1. The source of knowledge about Harappan
culture is [UPPSC (Pre) 1996, 1994]
(a) rock edicts
(b) writing in terracotta seals
(c) archaeological excavations
(d) All of the above
2. The site of Harappa is located on the
bank of river [CDS 2012]
(a) Saraswati (b) Indus
(c) Beas (d) Ravi
3. The discovery of Harappan Civilisation
was in ……. [SSC 2004]
(a) 1942 (b) 1921 (c) 1901 (d) 1935
4. Two Indians who were associated with
discovery of Indus Valley Civilisation,
are [CGPSC (Pre) 2003]
(a) Rakhaldas Banerjee and Dayaram
(b) John Marshall and Ishwari Prasad
(c) Ashirwadi Lal Srivastava and
(d) Madhosarup Vats and VB Rao
5. Which of the following is related to
Harappa civilisation? [MPPSC (Pre) 1990]
(a) Sumerian Civilisation
(b) Indus Valley Civilisation
(c) Vedic Civilisation
(d) Mesopotamian Civilisation
6. Indus Civilisation existed in …..
[UPPSC (Pre) 1996, BPSC (Pre) 1994]
(a) Pre-historical age
(b) Early historical age
(c) Historical age
(d) Later Historical age
7. In the Mesopotamian records, which one
of the following terms was used for the
Indus Valley Civilisation? [NDA 2017]
(a) Dilmum (b) Meluha
(c) Magan (d) Failaka
8. Which of the following statements
about the Indus Civilisation is not
true? [UPPSC (Pre) 1992]
(a) Accurate drainage system in cities.
(b) Trade and commerce were in an
(c) Worshipping of Mother Goddess.
(d) People knew about iron.
9. Which one of the following is not the
characteristic feature of the Harappan
settlement? [NDA 2012]
(a) Doorways and windows generally
faced the side lanes and rarely
opened into the main streets.
(b) Houses generally had separate
bathing areas and toilets.
(c) The citadel was walled but the lower
towns was not walled.
(d) Drains and water chutes from the
second storey were often built
inside the wall.
10. The following sentence describe one of
the sites of the Harappan Civilisation.
‘‘The settlement is divided into two
sections, one smaller but higher and the
other much larger but lower.
Archaeologists, designate these as the
citadel and the lower town respectively.
Both were walled. Several buildings
were built on platforms, which served
Which of the following sites does it
(a) Harappa (b) Mohenjodaro
(c) Lothal (d) Kalibangan
11. Regarding the Indus Valley
Civilisation, consider the following
I. It was predominantly a secular
civilisation and the religious
element, though present, did not
dominate the scene.
II. During this period, cotton was used
for manufacturing textiles in India.
Which of the statements given above
is/are correct? [MPPSC (Pre) 2012]
(a) Only I
(b) Only II
(c) Both I and II
(d) Neither I nor II
12. The Harappan Civilisation covered an
expensive area of present South Asia.
The geographic area covered by this
(a) Kashmir, Punjab, Sindh and NorthEastern Frontier
(b) Punjab, Sindh, North-Western Frontier
(c) Punjab, Sindh and a part of
(d) Punjab, Sindh, a part of NorthWestern Frontier, Kathiawar and a
part of Ganga-Yamuna Doab
13. Shortugai is located in which country?
[SSC CPO 2017]
(a) Bharat (b) Pakistan
(c) Tibet (d) Afghanistan
14. Which of the following match is not
correct regarding the origin of Harappan
civilisation? [RAS/RTS (Pre) 2013]
(a) M. Rafique
(b) EJH Mackay – Migration of people
(c) Mortimer – Migration of ‘Idea of
culture matured to