Empire and Kingdoms
Q1. Fill in the blanks.
We can learn about the Gupta rulers from
their inscriptions and coins.
Kumara devi, mother of Samudragupta
belonged to the Lichchhavi gana.
checked the advance of Harsha.
The Pallavas and Chalukyas
were the most important ruling dynasties in south India during this period.
His brother-in-law was the ruler of Kanauj.
Harishena composed a prashasti in praise of
Gautamiputra Shri Satakarni. False
The rulers of Aryavarta brought tribute for
There were twelve rulers in Dakshinapatha. True
Taxila and Madurai were important centres
under the control of the Gupta rulers. False
Local assemblies functioned for several
centuries in south India. True
Q3. Whose court poet was
Q4. What do genealogies mean?
Q5. Name an Indian king who was
known as ’musician king’.
Q6. In ancient period, who was
of the merchant caravans was called as Sarthavaha.
Q7. Who was the best-known Chalukya ruler?
best-known Chalukya ruler was Pulakeshin II.
Q8. In which language is
is written in Sanskrit.
Q9. What was the capital of
Aihole was the capital of the Chalukyas.
Q10. Which ruler was described as
equal as gods?
Q11. How many rulers were there in
were twelve rulers in dakshinapatha.
Q12. Who composed the Prashasti of
Chalukya king Pulakeshin II?
the Prashasti of Chalukya king Pulakeshin II.
Q13. Who led an expedition to western India against Shakas?
an expedition to western India against Shakas.
Q14. Who wrote the biography of
wrote the biography of king Harshavardhana.
Q15. What do you know about the
mother of the greatest Gupta emperor Samudragupta?
mother was Kumara devi and she belonged to the Lichchhavi gana.
Q16. What were the functions of
assemblies in southern kingdom?
assemblies looked after irrigation, agricultural operations,
making roads, local temples, etc.
Q17. What was Ur?
The ur was a village assembly found in areas where the land owners were not
Q18. Who was Fa Xian and what did he
notice during his visit to India?
Xian was a Chinese pilgrim. He noticed the plight of those who were treated as
untouchables by the high and mighty.
Q19. Who was Banabhatta?
was the court poet of King Harshvardhana. He wrote Harshcharita, a biography of
Q20. Write about the kingdom of
kingdom of the Pallavas spread from the region around their capital,
Kanchipuram, to the Kaveri delta.
Q21. What is a prashasti?
of a special kind is known as a prashasti, a Sanskrit word, meaning ‘in praise of’.
Q22. Mention three authors who
wrote about Harshavardhana.
Ravikirti, Banabhatta and Xuan Zang were the three authors who wrote about