1000 questions & answers

How do archaeologists know that cloth was used in the Harappan civilisation?

Match the columns

Copper

Gujarat

Gold

Afghanistan

Tin

Rajasthan

Precious stones

Karnataka

Why were metals, writing, the wheel, and the plough important for the Harappans?

Make a list of all the terracotta toys shown in the lesson. Which do you think children would have enjoyed playing with the most?

Make a list of what the Harappans ate, and put a tick mark against the things you eat today.

Do you think that the life of farmers and herders who supplied food to the Harappan cities was different from that of the farmers and herders you read about in Chapter 2? Give reasons for your answer.

Describe three important buildings in your city or village. Are they located in a special part of the settlement (e.g. the centre)? What are the activities that take place in these buildings?

Are there any old buildings in your locality? Find out how old they are and who looks after them.

Match the columns

Sukta

Stone boulder

Chariots

Sacrifice

Yajna

Well-said

Dasa

Used in battles

Megalith

Slave

Complete the sentences:

(a) Slaves were used for __________.
(b) Megaliths are found in __________.
(c) Stone circles or boulders on the surface were used to __________.
(d) Port-holes were used for __________.
(e) People at Inamgaon ate __________.

In what ways are the books we read today different from the Rigveda?

What kind of evidence from burials do archaeologists use to find out whether there were social differences amongst those who were buried?

In what ways do you think that the life of a raja was different from that of a dasa or dasi?

Find out whether your school library has a collection of books on religion, and list the names of five books from this collection.

Write down a short poem or song that you have memorised. Did you hear or read the poem or song? How did you learn it by heart?

In the Rigveda, people were described in terms of the work they did and the languages they spoke. In the table below, fill in the names of six people you know, choosing three men and three women. For each of them, mention the work they do and the language they speak. Would you like to add anything else to the description?

NAME

WORK

LANGUAGE

ANYTHING ELSE

State whether true or false:
(a) Rajas who let the Ashvamedha horse pass through their lands were invited to the sacrifice.
(b) The charioteer sprinkled sacred water on the king.
(c) Archaeologists have found palaces in the settlements of the Janapadas.
(d) Pots to store grain were made out of Painted Grey Ware.
(e) Many cities in Mahajanapadas were fortified.

Fill in the chart given below with the terms: huntergatherers, farmers, traders, craftspersons, herders.

THOSE WHO PAID TAXES
THE RAJA OF THE MAHAJANAPADA

Who were the groups who could not participate in the assemblies of the ganas?

Why did the rajas of Mahajanapadas build forts?