Towns Traders and Crafts persons - Worksheets

 CBSE Worksheet 01

Towns Traders and Crafts persons

  1. The ____weavers of Thanjavur and the nearby town of Uraiyur are busy producing cloth.
    1. Saliva
    2. Seliya
    3. Saliya
    4. Saliye
  2. Kasim Bazar was located in:

    1. Bengal

    2. UP

    3. Karnataka

    4. None of these

  3. Which of the Pilgrimage centre developed into township
    1. Vrindavan and Tiruvannamalai
    2. Vellar and Tiruvannamalai
    3. Vellar and Annamalai
    4. Vrindavan and Annamalai
  4. Taxes were levied by the
    1. Artisans
    2. Samanta
    3. Weavers
    4. Traders
  5. Delhi under Shah Jahan was called:

    1. Chandni Chowk

    2. None of these

    3. Shahjahanabad

    4. Both Shahjahanabad and Chandni Chowk

  6. Match the following:

    (a) Ibn Batuta(i) Type of cotton clothes
    (b) Tanjore(ii) Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire
    (c) Hampi(iii) Capital of Cholas
    (d) Chintz(iv) Moroccan traveller
  7. Fill in the blanks:

    A  place where goods from diverse production centres are bought and sold is ________.

  8. State true or false:

    Kabul was a major centre for trade in elephants.

  9. What were the textiles of Surat famous for?

  10. Why did the rulers endow temples with grants of land and money?

  11. What is 'lost wax' technique? 

  12. How was Hampi an important town? Describe its architecture?

  13. Describe the trade activities of the big and small traders belonging to the medieval time.

CBSE Worksheet 01
Towns Traders and Crafts persons


  1. (c) Saliya Explanation: The Saliya weavers of Thanjavur and the nearby town of Uraiyur are busy producing cloth for flags to be used in the temple festival, fine cottons for the king and nobility and coarse cotton for the masses.
  2. (a) Bengal Explanation: Bengal.
  3. (a) Vrindavan and Tiruvannamalai Explanation: Pilgrimage centres also slowly developed into townships. Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) and Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu) are examples of two such towns. 
  4. (b) Samanta Explanation: Usually a samanta or, in later times, a zamindar built a fortified palace in or near these towns. They levied taxes on traders, artisans and articles of trade
  5. (c) Shahjahanabad Explanation: Shahjahanabad.
  6. (a) -(iv), (b) - (iii), (c) - (ii), (d) - (i)

  7. Emporium

  8. False
  9. The textiles of Surat were famous for their gold lace borders, i.e. zari.
  10. They did so in order to carry out elaborate rituals, feed pilgrims and priests and celebrate festivals.

  11. 'Lost wax' technique was used to make Chola bronze statues. This technique involved several stages:

    1. First of all an image was made of wax. This was covered with clay and left in sun to dry.
    2. It was then heated and a small hole was made in the clay cover. The molten wax was drained out through this hole.
    3. Then molten metal was poured into the clay mould through the hole. Once the metal cooled and solidified, the clay cover was carefully removed and the image was cleaned and polished.
    1. Hampi, a famous town in the Krishna-Tungabhadra region was founded in 1336 in the Vijayanagara empire.
    2. The technique of interlocking was used and no mortar or cement was used to wedge walls.
    3. The arches, domes and pillared halls had niches for holding sculptures.
    4. They even had a well-planned orchard and pleasure garden with motif-containing sculptures of lotus and corbels.
  12.  A. There were many kinds of traders like the Banjaras and several traders especially horse traders. The traders usually travelled in caravans and formed guilds to protect their interests.

    B. There were several such guilds in South India from the eighth century onwards—the most famous being the Manigramam and Nanadesi. These guilds traded extensively both within the peninsula and with Southeast Asia and China.

    C. There were also communities like the Chettiyars and the Marwari Oswal who went on to become the major trading groups of the country.

    D. Gujarati traders, including the communities of Hindu Baniyas and Muslim Bohras, traded extensively with the ports of the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, East Africa, Southeast Asia and China. They sold textiles and spices in these ports and in exchange, brought gold and ivory from Africa; and spices, tin, Chinese blue pottery and silver from Southeast Asia and China.

    E. The towns on the west coast were home to Arab, Persian, Chinese, Jewish and Syrian Christian traders. Indian spices and cloth sold in the Red Sea ports were bought by Italian traders and eventually reached European markets, fetching high profits. This ultimately drew European traders to India.