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231. In its current form, the Manusmriti (laws of Manu)
(A) was probably written during the Mauryan Empire
(B) attempted to validate the high caste position of the Brahmans
(C) preached gender equality in religious practice but not in economic
matters
(D) attempted to mitigate the social inequality of the caste system
(E) was probably written during the Gupta Empire
232. Mathematical and scientific achievements of the Gupta Empire include
all of the following EXCEPT
(A) new developments in surgery
(B) Indian numerals and the decimal number system
(C) accurate calculation of the value of pi and the circumference
of the earth
(D) the concept of zero
(E) the spinning wheel for spinning thread or yarn from wool
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233. “As man discards worn out clothes
To put on new and different ones,
So the embodied self discards its worn-out bodies
to take on new ones. . . .
Death is certain for anyone born,
and birth is certain for the dead;
since the cycle is inevitable
you have no cause to grieve!”
In this passage, Lord Krishna is explaining to the warrior Arjuna
(A) the existence of heaven and hell
(B) the importance of nirvana
(C) the doctrine of reincarnation
(D) the meaning of karma
(E) the way to achieve buddhahood
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234. All of the following are true of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana
EXCEPT that
(A) they both probably took their final form during the Mauryan period
(B) they are both epic poems
(C) they are both longer than The Iliad and The Odyssey put together
(D) they are both written in Sanskrit
(E) they both contain digressions into Hindu mythology and philosophy
235. “The Brahmin was his mouth, his two arms made the Kshatriya;
his two thighs made the Vaishya; and from his feet was made the Sudra.”
This passage from the Rigveda deals with the origin of
(A) Indian monarchial rule
(B) slavery after the collapse of the Indus Valley culture
(C) the caste system
(D) humanity
(E) the earth according to Hindu legend
236. All of the following are true of Jains EXCEPT that
(A) they are vegetarians
(B) they believe Mahavira established the central historical beliefs
of Jainism
(C) they practice nonviolence
(D) their religion has basically been absorbed into Hinduism
in modern times
(E) adherents who conquer their inner enemies are called jinas
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237. One of the main reasons for the collapse of the Gupta Empire was
(A) peasant revolts
(B) invasions by the Huns
(C) the Muslim conquest of northern India
(D) the disloyalty of the southern vassals
(E) all of the above
238. The Tamil people
(A) invaded India in the second millennium BCE
(B) are native to southern India and Sri Lanka
(C) speak an Indo-European language
(D) converted to Islam to avoid the caste system
(E) live around the Indo-Gangetic plain because of its alluvial soil
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239. Buddhism declined in India for all of the following reasons EXCEPT that
(A) Buddhist monks became preoccupied with philosophy
(B) changes in Hinduism favored a new personal relationship with major
deities
(C) the fall of the Han Dynasty decreased merchant support for Buddhist
monasteries
(D) the Upanishads were reinterpreted to rival Buddhist teachings
(E) the more popular Theravada Buddhism was gradually supplanted
by Mahayana Buddhism in India
240. Kalidasa was
(A) the Sanskrit poet who wrote Abhijnanasakuntalam
(B) the Hindu sage who wrote the Ramayana
(C) the monk who first spread Buddhism to Tibet and Nepal
(D) the Hindu deity with the body of a boy and the head of an elephant
(E) the Guptan ruler who extended the empire to the Himalayas

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