1.) The Ilbert Bill controversy was related to the

(a) imposition of certain restrictions to carry arms by the Indians

(b) imposition of restrictions on newspapers and magazines published in Indian languages

(c) removal of disqualifications imposed on the Indian magistrates with regard to the trial of the Europeans

(d) removal of a duty on imported cotton cloth

Answer (c)

Ilbert bill exempted British subjects from trial by Indian magistrates and in cases involving death or transportation they could only be tried by a high court. This proposal provoked furious protests by the Indians.

2.) The Radcliffe Committee was appointed to

(a) solve the problem of minorities in India

(b) give effect to the Independence Bill

(c) delimit the boundaries between India and Pakistan

(d) enquire into the riots in East Bengal

Answer (c)

The Radcliffe Line is a boundary demarcation line between India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India. The Radcliffe Line was named after its architect, Sir Cyril Radcliffe.

3.) The Partition of Bengal made by Lord Curzon in 1905 lasted until

(a) the First World War when Indian troops were needed by the British and the partition was ended

(b) King George V abrogated Curzon’s Act at the Royal Durbar in Delhi in 1911

(c) Gandhiji launched his Civil Disobedience Movement

(d) the Partition of India in 1947 when East Bengal became East Pakistan

Answer (b)

In 1911 King George V visited India. A durbarwas held at Delhi and The capital of India was transferred from Calcutta to Delhi also Partition of Bengal was annulled.

4.) What was/were the object/objects of Queen Victoria’s Proclamation (1858)?

  1. To disclaim any intention to annex Indian States.
  2. To place the Indian administration under the British Crown.
  3. To regulate East India Company’s trade with India.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only (b) 2 only (c) 1 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer (a)

The object/objects of Queen Victoria’s Proclamation (1858) were to disclaim any intention to annex Indian States as the announcement reversed Lord Dalhousie’s pre-war policy of political unification through princely state annexation.It was also to place the Indian administration under the British Crown Therefore, statement 1 & 2 are correct. However it was not to regulate East India Company’s trade with India so statement 3 is wrong.

5.) A community of people called Manganiyars is well known for their

(a) martial arts in North-East India

(b) musical tradition in North-West India

(c) classical vocal music in South India

(d) pietra dura tradition in Central India

Answer (b)

Manganiyars–a tribal community from Rajasthan (North west) with a strong musical tradition.

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