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    • Vital Villages, Thriving Towns

      Q1. Fill in the blanks.

                                i.        Vellalar was a word used for large landowners in Tamil.

                               ii.        The gramabhojaka often got his land cultivated by the slaves and hired workers.

                              iii.        Ploughmen were known as uzhavar in Tamil.

                              iv.        Most grihapatis were smaller landowners.

                                v.        Punch marked coins were made of silver.

                              vi.        Amphorae are tall double-handled jars that contained liquids such as wine or oil.


      Q2. True/False

                               i.        Grama Bhojaka also functioned as a judge, and sometimes as a policeman. True

                              ii.        Mathura was an important centre for the worship of Lord Shiva. False

                             iii.        The Tamil terms are found in Sangam literature. True

                             iv.        Ring wells were used for bathing. False

                               v.        Stamped red-glazed pottery, known as Arretine Ware. True

      Q3. When did the use of iron begin in the subcontinent?

      Ans. Use of iron in the subcontinent began about 3000 years ago.


      Q4. What does vellalar mean?

      Ans. In the Tamil region, large landowners were known as vellalar.


      Q5. Why were Varanasi and Madurai famous?

      Ans. Both were famous centres for manufacturing of cloth.


      Q6. Where were some of the largest collections of iron tools found?

      Ans. These were found in the megalithic burials.


      Q7. How wealth is measured during early times?

      Ans. Wealth is measured in terms of coins.


      Q8. What were Shrenis?

      Ans. Many crafts persons and merchants formed associations known as shrenis.


      Q9. How did Dasa Karmakara earn a living?

      Ans. Dasa Karmakara had to earn a living working on the fields owned by others.

      Q10. Who was called Grama Bhojaka?

      Ans. In the northern part of the country, the village headman was known as the grama bhojaka.


      Q11. Who was Dasa Karmakara?

      Ans. There were men and women who did not own land were known as the dasa karmakara.


      Q12. What is Sangam literature?

      Ans. Some of the earliest works in Tamil, known as Sangam literature, were composed around 2300 years ago.


      Q13. What was Arikamedu during ancient India?

      Ans. Between 2200 and 1900 years ago, Arikamedu was a coastal settlement where ships unloaded goods from distant lands.


      Q14. What were aqueducts?

      Ans. Huge aqueducts were the channels to supply water which were built to bring water to the city for the baths, fountains and toilets.


      Q15. What do you understand by Jatakas?

      Ans. These were stories that were probably composed by ordinary people, and then written down and preserved by Buddhist monks.

      Q16. What are ring wells?

      Ans. In many cities, archaeologists have found rows of pots, or ceramic rings arranged one on top of the other. These are known as ring wells.


      Q17. Make a list of the occupations of people who lived in Mathura.

      Ans. The main occupations of the people were goldsmiths, blacksmiths, weavers, basket makers, garland makers, perfumers.


      Q18. What were ring wells used for?

      Ans. These seem to have been used as toilets in some cases, and as drains and garbage dumps. These ring wells are usually found in individual houses.


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