Ashoka the Emperor Who Gave Up War - Worksheets

 CBSE Worksheet 01

Ch - 7 Ashoka The Emperor Who Gave Up War

  1. How many towers supported the massive wall of Pataliputra?
    1. 470
    2. 570
    3. 870
    4. 670
  2. From where we have got our national anthem?
    1. Pillar at Sopara
    2. Pillar at Kalsi
    3. Pillar at Sarnath
    4. Pillar at Kalinga
  3. ________ conveyed his message to the people through inscriptions.
    1. Chandragupta
    2. Ashoka
    3. Bimbisara
    4. Brihadartha
  4. Arrange in order of their happenings, options are as follows:
    1. Chandragupta defeated Seleucus
    2. Ashoka became Buddhist
    3. Ashoka conquered Kalinga
    4. Ashoka sent his son to Sri Lanka
    Options are as follows:
    1. III, I, IV, II
    2. I, III, IV, II
    3. I, II, III, IV
    4. I, III, II, IV
  5. Mauryan empire began more than ________ years ago
    1. 2300
    2. 2100
    3. 2500
    4. 1800
  6. Match the following:
    Column AColumn B
    (i) Empire(a) Pataliputra.
    (ii) Chanakya wrote(b) Mauryan empire.
    (iii) Chandragupta Maurya founded(c) Arthashastra.
    (iv) Mauryan capital(d) Larger kingdoms.
  7. Fill in the blanks:
    1. Megasthenes was an ambassador to the court of ________.
    2. The ________ tells us that the north-west was important for blankets and south India for its gold and precious stones.
    3. The capital of the Mauryan empire was ________.
    4. ________ was meant to protect the northern frontier of the empire from the pastoral people.
  8. State true or false:
    1. Chandragupta overturned the Nandas.
    2. Chandragupta Maurya’s advisor was Panini.
    3. Ashoka propagated Buddhism to the Pandya region.
    4. Megasthenes was an ambassador to Bindusara’s court.
  9. Which important event took place in China about 2400 years ago?
  10. Why was Ashoka called a unique ruler?
  11. Mention any three big or prominent cities of the Mauryan empire. Why were these cities famous?
  12. What is Rampurwa bull and where it has been placed now?
  13. What did Ashoka do to spread Buddhism?
  14. Write three main features of the life of the people in the Mauryan Kingdom.

CBSE Worksheet 01
Ch - 7 Ashoka The Emperor Who Gave Up War


  1. (b) 570
    Explanation: Pataliputra (modern Patna) is a large and beautiful city. It is surrounded by a massive wall. It has 570 towers and 64 gates.
  2. (c) Pillar at Sarnath
    Explanation: The lion capital was adopted as the national emblem of India on 26th January 1950. It is the graphic representation of Lion capital that originally graced the top of the Ashoka pillar at Sarnath.
  3. (b) Ashoka
    Explanation: Ashoka got his messages inscribed on rocks and pillars, instructing his officials to read his message to those who could not read it themselves.
  4. (d) I, III, II, IV
    Explanation: Seleucus Nicator was defeated in 305 BC by Chandragupta who was Ashoka's grandfather. When Ashoka came to the throne he fought the war of Kalinga and the aftermaths of the war pursued him to follow Buddhism and after becoming a Buddhist he sent his son to Sri Lanka to spread the faith.
  5. (a) 2300
    Explanation: The empire that Ashoka ruled was founded by his grandfather, Chandragupta Maurya, more than 2300 years ago.
  6. (i) - (d), (ii) - (c), (iii) - (b), (iv) - (a)
    1. Mauryans
    2. Arthashastra
    3. Pataliputra
    4. Great Wall
    1. True
    2. False
    3. True
    4. False
  7. Emperors in China began building the Great Wall about 2400 years ago.
  8. Ashoka was called as a unique ruler because he is the only king in the history of the world who gave up conquest after winning a war (Kalinga War).
  9. Pataliputra, the capital town of the Mauryan empire. It was the main centre of all political activities and administration. Taxila (nowadays in modem Pakistan) was a gateway to the northwest, including Central Asia. Ujjain lay on the route from the north (India) to south India. Merchants, officials and craftspersons probably lived in all the above mentioned three cities.
  10. The Rampurwa bull is a finely polished stone sculpture. This was part of a Mauryan pillar found in Rampurwa, Bihar and has now been placed in Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is an example of the skill of the sculptors of the time.
  11. Ashoka undertook the following steps to spread Buddhism:
    1. He sent his son Mahendra and daughter Sanghamitra to Sri Lanka to spread the message of Buddhism.
    2. He also sent learned scholars to far-off places to spread Buddhism.
    3. He built a number of stupas and viharas for Buddhist monks.
    4. He also held the third Buddhist council at Pataliputra and visited all the places related to Buddha.
  12. The main features of the life of the people of the Mauryan empire were:
    1. There were several cities in the empire. The emperor and his family members along with important officials lived in the capital. Merchants, officials and craftsperson probably lived in cities.
    2. In other areas, there were villages of farmers and herders.
    3. In some areas, such as central India, there were forests, where people gathered forest produce and hunted animals for food.
    4. People in different parts of the empire spoke different languages. They probably ate a variety of food and wore different kinds of clothes as well.
    5. Besides, there were forest regions. People living in these areas were probably more or less independent but may have been expected to provide elephants, timber, honey and wax to Mauryan officials.