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Question Paper Solutions - History 2015 - 2016-CBSE 12th-Class 12 CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)


Marks: 80
[2]1 | Part-A

Why are Buddhist Stupas said to be ''stories in stone” Explain

Chapter: [1.04] A History of Buddhism - Sanchi Stupa
Concept: Story of Discovery: Sanchi Stupa
[2]2

Mention any two sources to know about Bhakti and Sufi traditions from eighth century to eighteenth century.

Chapter: [2.04] Religious Histories - The Bhakti-sufi Tradition
Concept: Religious Developments During this Period (Bhakti-sufi Tradition)
[2]3

Name the fortification of East India Company in Madras. Mention any one feature of it.

Chapter: [3.01] Colonialism and Rural Society - Evidence From Official Reports
Concept: East India Company, Revenue Settlements and Surveys
[4]4 | Part B Section I Answer any five of the following questions:

'Early Harappan archaeologists thought that certain objects which seem unusual and unfamiliar may have had a religious significance'. Substantiate.

Chapter: [1.01] The Story of the First Cities - Harappan Archaeology
Concept: Archaeological Report on a Major Site (Harappan civilization)
[4]5

How was the fate of Amravati Stupa different from the Sanchi Stupa?

Chapter: [1.04] A History of Buddhism - Sanchi Stupa
Concept: Story of Discovery: Sanchi Stupa
[4]6

Highlight the contribution of Krishnadeva Raya in the expansion of Vijaynagar Empire.

Chapter: [2.03] New Architecture - Hampi
Concept: Outline of New Buildings During Vijayanagar Period
[4]7

"Mughal rulers efficiently assimilated heterogeneous populace within an imperial edifice". Support the statement.

Chapter: [2.02] The Mughal Court - Reconstructing Histories Through Chronicles
Concept: Mughal Court and Politics
[4]8

What was Damin-i-Koh? Why did Santhals resist against British during eighteenth century? Give three reasons.

Chapter: [3.02] Representations of 1857
Concept: Pictures of 1857 Shaped British Opinion
[4]9

With the help of specific examples examine the nature of Indian leadership that emerged against the British in the revolt of 1857.

Chapter: [3.02] Representations of 1857
Concept: The Events of 1857-58
[4]10 | Part B Section II Value Based Question (Compulsory)

Read of the following passage and answer the question that follows:-

'Arya Samaj, A North Indian Hindu reform organisation of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly active in Punjab (tried to bring back Hindus who had converted to some other religion) which sought to revive Vedic learning and combine it with modern education in the sciences'.

a. Illustrate how the values integrated with the rich Indian literature paved way for the scientific development of modem India

Chapter: [1.04] A History of Buddhism - Sanchi Stupa
Concept: Brief Review of Religious Histories of Vedic, Religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism and Buddhism
[8]11 | Part C Long Answer Questions Attempt any ONE
[8]11.1

“Analyse the role of Zamindars during the Mughal period.

Chapter: [3.01] Colonialism and Rural Society - Evidence From Official Reports
Concept: Life of Zamindars, Peasants and Artisans in the Late 18th Century
[8]11.2

Examine how were the lives of forest dwellers transformed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Chapter: [2.01] Agrarian Relations - The Ain-i- Akbari
Concept: Structure of Agrarian Relations in the 16th and 17th Centuries
[8]12 | Attempt any One
[8]12.1

What does Ashokan inscriptions tell about the Mauryas? Describe the limitations of the inscriptional evidences.

Chapter: [1.02] Political and Economic History - How Inscriptions tell a story.
Concept: Asokan Inscription and Gupta Period Land Grant
[8]12.2

State any three features of Mahajanpadas. How did Magadha become the powerful Mahajanpada ? Explain.

Chapter: [1.03] Social Histories - Using the Mahabharata
Concept: Issues in Social History, Including Caste, Class, Kinship and Gender
[8]13 | Attempt any ONE
[8]13.1

"Within the Constituent Assembly of India the language issue was intensely debated". Examine the views put forward by the members of the Assembly on this issue.

Chapter: [3.06] The Making of the Constitution
Concept: The Making of the Constitution
[8]13.2

How did the Constituent Assembly of India protect the powers of the central government? Explain.

Chapter: [3.06] The Making of the Constitution
Concept: The Making of the Constitution
[6]14 | . Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Draupadi's Marriage

Drupada, the king of Panchala, organised a competition where the challenge was to string a bow and hit a target; the winner would be chosen to marry his daughter Draupadi. Arjuna was victorious and was garlanded by Draupadi. The Pandavas returned with her to their mother Kunti, who, even before she saw them, asked them to share whatever they had got. She realised her mistake when she saw Draupadi, but her command could not be violated. After much deliberation, Yudhisthira decided that Draupadi would be their common wife. When Drupada was told about this, he protested. However, the seer Vyasa arrived and told him that the Pandavas were in reality incarnations of Indra, whose wife had been reborn as Draupadi, and they were thus destined for each other. Vyasa added that in another instance a young woman had prayed to Shiva for a husband, and in her enthusiasm, had prayed five times instead of once. This woman was now reborn as Draupadi, and Shiva had fulfilled her prayers. Convinced by these stories, Drupada consented to the marriage.

  1. How does this story reveal that mother was considered as the highest guru?
  2. Why didn't Kunti save Draupadi from the dire situation?
  3. Why did Drupada and Sage Vyasa decide Draupadi's strange marriage with five men?
Chapter: [1.03] Social Histories - Using the Mahabharata
Concept: Transmission and Publications of the Mahabharata
[7]15 | Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:

A warning for Europe

Bernier warned that if European kings followed the Mughal model : Their kingdoms would be very far from being well-cultivated and peopled, so well built, so rich, so polite and flourishing as we see them. Our kings are otherwise rich and powerful; and we must avow that they are much better and more royally served. They would soon be kings of deserts and solitudes, of beggars and barbarians, such as those are whom I have been representing (the Mughals). We should find the great Cities and the great Burroughs (boroughs) rendered uninhabitable because of ill air, and to fall to mine (ruin) without any bodies (anybody) taking care or repairing them; the hillocks abandon'd, and the fields overspread with bushes, or filled with pestilential marishes (marshes), as hath already intimated.

  1. In what ways did Bernier condemn Mughal rulers?
  2. What contrasts do you find in the account of Bernier and Abul Fazl's Ain-i-Akbari?
  3. Pride has its fall if power and negligence of duty rules any one'. Explain the statement in relevance to the Bernier's warning.
Chapter: [2.05] Medieval Society Through Traveller'S Accounts
Concept: Alberuni, Ibn Batuta, Bernier -what These Travel Accounts Can Tell Us and Interpreted by Historians
[7]16 | Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow:

"Tomorrow we shall break the salt tax law"

On 5 Apri11930, Mahatma Gandhi spoke at Dandi :-

When I left Sabarmati with my companions for this seaside hamlet of Dandi, I was not certain in my mind that we would be allowed to reach this place. Even while I was at Sabarmati there was a rumour that I might be arrested. I had thought that the Government might perhaps let my party come as far as Dandi, but not me certainly. If someone says that this betrays imperfect faith on my part, I shall not deny the charge. That I have reached here is in no small measure due to the power of peace and non-violence: that power is universally felt. The Government may, if it wishes, congratulate itself on acting as it has done, for it could have arrested every one of us. In saying that it did not have the courage to arrest this army of peace, we praise it. It felt ashamed to arrest such an army. He is a civilised man who feels ashamed to do anything which his neighbours would disapprove. The Government deserves to be congratulated on not arresting us, even if it desisted only from fear of world opinion. Tomorrow we shall break the salt tax law. Whether the Government will tolerate that is a different question. It may not tolerate it, but it deserves congratulations on the patience and forbearance it has displayed in regard to this party... What if I and all the eminent leaders in Gujarat and in the rest of the country are arrested? This movement is based on the faith that when a whole nation is roused and on the march no leader is necessary.

(CWMG) vol. 49 Collected works of Mahatma Gandhi

  1. Why did Gandhiji start the Dandi March?
  2. Why was Salt March notable?
  3. The power of peace and non-violence are universally felt'. Why did Gandhiji said so?
Chapter: [3.04] Mahatma Gandhi Through Contemporary Eyes
Concept: The Nature of Gandhian Politics and Leadership
[5]17 | Map Questions

1. On the given political outline map of India (on Page 15), locate and label the following with appropriate symbols:-

  1. The place where Gandhiji called off Non Cooperation Movement.
  2. Agra, the imperial capital of Mughal.

2. On the same outline map of India, three paces related to the mature Harappa sites have been market as A, B and C. Identify them and write their correct names on the lines drawn near them.

Chapter: [3.07] Map Work
Concept: Map Work
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