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- Question 1 of 56
Which among the following is not a work of Rabindranath Tagore?
Kapalkundala, Published in 1866, is a Bengali romance novel by Indian writer Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. It is a story of a forest-dwelling girl named Kapalkundala, who fell in love with and married Nabakumar, a young gentleman from Saptagram, but eventually found that she is unable to adjust herself with the city life.
- Question 2 of 56
Which amongst the following is a book written by Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan?
Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907 – 2003) was an Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement of early 20th century Hindi literature. He is best known for his early work Madhushala. Prateeksha is one of his famous poems. Writer of Chidambara is Sumitranandan Pant. Kapala Kundala is written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. Kamayani is a Hindi epic poem by Jaishankar Prasad.
- Question 3 of 56
Who is the author of the book “War and Diplomacy in Kashmir”?
The author of the book “War and Diplomacy in Kashmir” is Chandrashekhar Dasgupta. He was an Indian civil servant, diplomat, writer and a former Indian ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and China.
- Question 4 of 56
Who is believed to have composed the “Natya Sastra”?
Bharatanatyam is thought to have been created by Bharata Muni, who wrote the Natya Shastra. It is said to be originated in Thanjavoor of Tamil Nadu.
- Question 5 of 56
Mozart had written his first symphony at the age of:
The Symphony No.1 was written in 1764 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of eight years. A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.
- Question 6 of 56
Match the author with the books:
A. Arundhati Roy 1. Malgudi Days B. Khushwant Singh 2. God of Small Things C. R.K. Narayan 3. What Went Wrong D. Kiran Bedi 4. The Sikhs
The correct match is as follows:
Author Books A. Arundhati Roy 2. God of Small Things B. Khushwant Singh 4. The Sikhs C. R.K. Narayan 1. Malgudi Days D. Kiran Bedi 3. What Went Wrong
- Question 7 of 56
Who is the author of the book “Conquest of Happiness”?
The author of “Conquest of Happiness” is Bertrand Russell. This book was first published by Liveright Publishing Corporation in 1930. Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872–1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy.
- Question 8 of 56
Who wrote “Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamaare Dil Mein Hai“?
“Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamaare Dil Mein Hai” is an Urdu patriotic poem written by Bismil Azimabadi as an ode to young freedom fighters of the Indian independence movement In 1921. The poem was immortalised by Ram Prasad Bismil, an Indian freedom fighter. Bismil Azimabadi and Ram Prasad Bismil are different personalities.
- Question 9 of 56
Who wrote the play “Uttararamacharita”?
Bhavabhuti was an 8th-century scholar of India noted for his plays and poetry, written in Sanskrit. Uttararamacarita is a Sanskrit play in 7 acts in the Nataka style by Bhavabhuti.
- Question 10 of 56
Who scripted Gandhiji’s favorite song “Vaishnav Jan To…“?
“Vaishnava Jana To…” is a Hindu bhajan, written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta in the Gujarati language.
- Question 11 of 56
Who is the author of “Business @ Speed of Thought”?
“Business @ the Speed of Thought” is a book written by Bill Gates and Collins Hemingway in 1999. It discusses how business and technology are integrated, and explains how digital infrastructures and information networks can help someone get an edge on the competition.
- Question 12 of 56
Which of the following was authored by Mulk Raj Anand?
Mulk Raj Anand (1905–2004) was an Indian writer in English. Important books by Mulk Raj Anand are: Untouchable, Coolie, Two Leaves and a Bud, The Village, Across the Black Waters, The Sword and the Sickle, The Big Heart, The Private Life of an Indian Prince, etc. “The Village” is also a short novel by the Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Ivan Bunin. “A Stranger Called I” is written by Pritish Nandy. The Dark Room is a novel written by R.K.Narayan. Sasthi Brata burst on the literary scene in the late 1960s with My God Died Young, an autobiography.
- Question 13 of 56
Who is believed to have created the ragga “Miyan Ki Malhar”?
This raga is said to have been created by the sixteenth-century singing legend, Miyan Tansen. Tansen, also referred to as Ramtanu Pandey, was a prominent figure of Hindustani classical music.
- Question 14 of 56
Who was the greatest Bhakti poet of Maharashtra?
Tukaram was a 17th-century Hindu poet and sant of the Bhakti movement in Maharashtra.
- Question 15 of 56
“Ain-i-Akbari” has been authored by:
The Ain-i-Akbari is a 16th-century detailed document recording the administration of the Mughal Empire under Emperor Akbar, written by his court historian, Abul Fazl in the Persian language.
- Question 16 of 56
Who is the author of the Harry Potter Book Series?
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J.K. Rowling. She first had the idea for Harry Potter in 1990. Over the next five years, she began to plan out the seven books of the series.
- Question 17 of 56
Who is the proponent and propagandist of the “Art of Living”?
The Art of Living Foundation is a volunteer-based, humanitarian and educational non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
- Question 18 of 56
Who designed the national flag of Independent India?
Pingali Venkayya was an Indian freedom fighter. He was a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi and the designer of the flag on which the Indian national flag was based.
- Question 19 of 56
Who painted the masterpiece “Hamsa Damayanti”?
“Hamsa Damayanti” Oil painting on canvas by Raja Ravi Varma is his very famous painting and was done in 1899. Damayanti is the protagonist and heroine in the Sanskrit epic, Nala and Damayanti. According to the story, Damayanti and Nala fall in love despite being miles away. A swan (Hamsa) acts as their messenger of love.
- Question 20 of 56
The book “Unto this Last” which influenced Gandhi was authored by:
Unto This Last is an essay and book on economy by John Ruskin, first published between August and December 1860 in the monthly journal Cornhill Magazine in four articles. The book greatly influenced the nonviolent activist Mohandas Gandhi.
- Question 21 of 56
The concept of ‘General Will’ was advocated by:
In political philosophy, General will is a collectively held will that aims at the common good or common interest. The term was made famous by 18th-century Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
- Question 22 of 56
“India Wins Freedom” is the autobiography of:
“India Wins Freedom” is the autobiography of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This book includes his personal experiences when India became independent, and his ideas on freedom and liberty.
- Question 23 of 56
“Gita Govinda” the famous poem was written by:
The Gita Govinda is composed by the 12th-century Hindu poet, Jayadeva. It describes the relationship between Krishna and Srimati Radhika and the gopikas of Vrindavana. The Gita Govinda is organized into twelve chapters.
- Question 24 of 56
With which of the following books is Hobbes associated?
Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher. He is best known for his 1651 book Leviathan, in which he expounds an influential formulation of social contract theory.
Lectures on Jurisprudence is a collection of Adam Smith’s lectures. It contains the formative ideas behind The Wealth of Nations. Social Contract is written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The Republic is a Socratic dialogue, authored by Plato around 375 BC.
- Question 25 of 56
The book “The Inheritance of Loss” has been written by:
“The Inheritance of Loss” is the novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. It was first published in 2006. It won a number of awards, including the Man Booker Prize for that year.
- Question 26 of 56
Social Contract theory was advocated by:
The most influential social-contract theorists were the 17th-18th century philosophers Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
- Question 27 of 56
The word “Veda” means:
The Vedas, meaning “knowledge,” are the oldest texts of Hinduism. They are derived from the ancient Indo-Aryan culture of the Indian Subcontinent and began as an oral tradition that was passed down through generations before finally being written in Vedic Sanskrit between 1500 and 500 BCE.
- Question 28 of 56
The famous book “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money” is written by:
“The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money” is a book by English economist John Maynard Keynes. It was published in 1936. It caused a profound shift in economic thought, giving macroeconomics a central place in economic theory and contributing much of its terminology – the “Keynesian Revolution”.
- Question 29 of 56
Who amongst the following is the author of the classic book “Life Divine”?
Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950) was an Indian nationalist and freedom fighter, major Indian English poet, philosopher, and yogi. The Life Divine is Sri Aurobindo’s principal work of philosophy.
- Question 30 of 56
Who is the author of “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind”?
The author of the book “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” is Deepak Chopra. The book is published in 1993. This book goes beyond current anti-aging research and ancient mind/body wisdom to dramatically demonstrate that we do not have to grow old!
- Question 31 of 56
Who was the author of the Kadambari, a great romantic play?
Kadambari is a romantic novel in Sanskrit. It was substantially composed by Banabhatta in the first half of the 7th century CE, who did not survive to see it through completion. The novel was completed by Banabhatta’s son Bhushanabhatta, according to the plan laid out by his late father.
- Question 32 of 56
Which of the following is incorrectly paired?
Kiratarjuniya is a Sanskrit epic poem by Bharavi. Amuktamalyada is a Telugu epic poem composed by Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagara Emperor in the early 16th century. Nagananda is a Sanskrit play attributed to emperor Harshavardhana. Ritusamhara is a long poem or mini-epic in Sanskrit attributed to Kalidasa.
- Question 33 of 56
Who is the author of the novel “Devdas”?
Devdas (1917) is a Bengali-language romance novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay written when he was only seventeen years of age.
- Question 34 of 56
Which is the Greek classic that Gandhi translated into Gujarati?
Gandhi composed his ‘translation’ of Plato’s Apology while he was in South Africa. Gandhi was responding to political restrictions against the Indian community and was also influenced by John Ruskin’s Unto This Last.
- Question 35 of 56
Who is the author of the autobiography “The Indian Struggle”?
The Indian Struggle, 1920–1942 is a two-part book by the Indian nationalist leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose that covers the 1920–1942 history of the Indian independence movement to end British imperial rule over India.
- Question 36 of 56
Who was the founder-editor of the famous newspaper ‘Kesari’ during the National Struggle?
Kesari is a Marathi newspaper which was founded on 4 January 1881 by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a prominent leader of the Indian Independence movement.
- Question 37 of 56
Who translated the novel “Neel Darpan” into English?
Nil Darpan, Bengali Novel, was written by Dinabandhu Mitra in 1858–1859. The main context of the play is the event of Indigo Revolt in Bengal. The play was translated into English by Madhusudan Dutta.
- Question 38 of 56
The book “It was Five Past Midnight” is on:
Five Past Midnight in Bhopal is a book by Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro based on the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy. It was published in 1997.
- Question 39 of 56
Which scripture was called his ‘mother’ by Gandhiji?
Gandhi felt so deeply connected to the Bhagwat Gita that he often referred to it as his “eternal mother,” feeling it offered him more support in his darkest hours than even his biological mother could.
- Question 40 of 56
Who wrote Akbarnama?
Akbarnama was written by Abul Fazl, who was one of the Nine Jewels (Navaratnas) of Akbar’s royal court. It is stated that the book took seven years to be completed.
- Question 41 of 56
The book titled “The Indian War of Independence” was written by:
“The Indian War of Independence” is an Indian nationalist history of the 1857 revolt by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar that was first published in 1909.
- Question 42 of 56
Mahatma Gandhi was profoundly influenced by the writings of:
Gandhi was inspired by Tolstoy not only in respect of non-violence but also by his idea of ‘Bread Labour’ and its concomitant idea of ‘getting off the backs’ of others including the poor. He developed Tolstoy’s theory of ‘Bread Labour’ into a full-fledged theory of the duty and right to work.
- Question 43 of 56
Who among the following wrote Sanskrit grammar?
Ashtadhyayi is a Sanskrit treatise on grammar written in the 6th to 5th-century BCE by the Indian grammarian Panini. This work set the linguistic standards for Classical Sanskrit.
- Question 44 of 56
Which of the following was not composed by Harshavardhana?
The Harshacharita is the biography of Indian emperor Harshavardhana by Banabhatta who was a Sanskrit writer of seventh-century CE India. He was the Asthana Kavi (Court Poet) of Harshavardhana.
- Question 45 of 56
The first Indian Hindi Scholar of the Mughal period was:
Malik Muhammad Jayasi (1477– 1542) was an Indian Sufi poet. He wrote in the Awadhi language, which is an Eastern Hindi language of the Indo-Aryan branch spoken in northern India (Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh). He composed Akhari Kalam and Padmavat.
- Question 46 of 56
The Upanishads were translated by Dara Shikoh in Persian under the title of:
The Sirr-i-Akbar is a version of the Upanishads authored by the Mughal-Shahzada, Dara Shukoh, translated from Sanskrit into Persian in 1657.
- Question 47 of 56
Who is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, “The Mystery of Capital”?
The author of “The Mystery of Capital” is Hernando de Soto. He is a prominent Peruvian economist known for his work on the informal economy and on the importance of business and property rights.
- Question 48 of 56
Who among the following started the first newspaper in India?
Hickey’s Bengal Gazette was the first newspaper (English-language) published in India. It was first published on 29th January 1780 by James Augustus Hickey under the British Raj.
- Question 49 of 56
Which of the following famous books is associated with John Austin?
The author of “Lectures on Jurisprudence, Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law” is John Austin (1790-1859). He was a pre-eminent British jurist of the 19th century. The book is based on lectures given by Austin. (Remember, “Lectures on Jurisprudence” is a different book. It is a collection of Adam Smith’s lectures).
- Question 50 of 56
Match the following books with their authors:
A. The Satanic Verses 1. Sunil Gavaskar B. A House for Mr. Biswas 2. V.S. Naipaul C. Interpreter of Maladies 3. Salman Rushdie D. Sunny Days 4. Jhumpa Lahiri
The correct match is as follows:
Book Authors A. The Satanic Verses 3. Salman Rushdie B. A House for Mr. Biswas 2. V.S. Naipaul C. Interpreter of Maladies 4. Jhumpa Lahiri D. Sunny Days 1. Sunil Gavaskar
- Question 51 of 56
The book “Cricket My Style” has been written by:
“Cricket My Style” has been written by Kapil Dev.
- Question 52 of 56
Karl Marx’s book ‘Das Kapital’ was published in:
Das Kapital is a foundational theoretical text in materialist philosophy, economics and politics by Karl Marx. It was first published on 14 September 1867.
- Question 53 of 56
The Editor of “Young India” and “Harijan” was:
“Young India” was a weekly paper or journal in English published by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from 1919 to 1931. Gandhi wrote various quotations in this journal that inspired many. Mahatma Gandhi began publishing “Harijan”, a weekly newspaper, in English in 1933. It lasted until 1948.
- Question 54 of 56
Which of the following books has been written by Kamala Das?
Tonight, this Savage Rite is the Love Poems of Kamala Das and Pritish Nandy.
- Question 55 of 56
“Arthasastra” was written by:
“Arthasastra” was written by Kautilya, also known as Chanakya and Vishnugupta (350-275 BCE). It is an Indian treatise on politics, economics, military strategy, the function of the state, and social organization.
- Question 56 of 56
Who translated Ramayana into Persian?
In 1574 Akbar began a Maktab Khana (a place of translation works) in Fatehpur Sikri. He wanted his court poets to translate the Sanskrit books Rajatarangini, Ramayana, and Mahabharata into the Persian language. Abdul-ul-Qader-Badauni translated Ramayana into Persian. Akbar asked him to translate the Ramayana into Persian. It took him four years to complete the task.