Understanding Diversity - Worksheets

 CBSE Worksheet 01

Ch-20 Understanding Diversity

  1. Name the religion which reached Tibet via Ladakh.
    1. Christian
    2. Jainism
    3. Buddhism
    4. Hindu
  2. India is a rich heritage of:
    1. Diversity
    2. Forests
    3. Agriculture
    4. None
  3. Which state is in the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir?
    1. Himachal
    2. Ladakh
    3. None
    4. Punjab
  4. Who delivered the speech on the eve of independence?
    1. M.K.Gandhi
    2. Indira Gandhi
    3. Rajendra Prasad
    4. Pt Nehru
  5. Which language does Samir Ek speak?
    1. Sanskrit
    2. Spanish
    3. English
    4. Hindi
  6. Match the following:
    Column AColumn B
    (i) Ibn Batuta(a) Difference between cultures and religions
    (ii) Pashmina shawl(b) Share and exchange of ideas
    (iii) Communication(c) Ladakh
    (iv) Inequality(d) Traveller
  7. Fill in the blanks:
    1. ________ shawls are chiefly woven in Kashmir.
    2. ________ means oneness among the people though being different in culture, religion, languages, etc.
    3. Kanjeevaram silk sarees are a speciality of ________.
    4. ________ is a cold desert part in India.
  8. State true or false:
    1. Kerala is famous for its spices like pepper, cloves and cardamom.
    2. Ibn-Battuta never visited Kerala.
    3. The people of Ladakh mostly eat fish and rice.
    4. There is only one religion in India.
  9. What do Ladakh people own? What is the food of Ladakh people?
  10. Define Diversity.
  11. Do you think the term “unity in diversity” is an appropriate term to describe India? What do you think Nehru is trying to say about Indian unity in the sentence quoted above from his book 'The Discovery of India'?
  12. Where is Ladakh? How is its landscape?
  13. How are history and geography tied in the cultural life of a region? Clarify with examples from Ladakh and Kerala.
  14. Write about Kerala and its diversity.

CBSE Worksheet 01
Ch-20 Understanding Diversity


  1. (c) Buddhism
    Explanation: Buddhism is the way of life in Ladakh. Buddhism reached Tibet from India via Ladakh, and there are ancient Buddhist rock engravings all over the region.
  2. (a) Diversity
    Explanation: India is a land of “Unity in diversity”. The high mountain ranges, vast seas, large river-irrigated lands, countless rivers and streams, dark forests, sandy deserts, all these have adorned India with an exceptional diversity. Among the people, there are numerous religions, races, castes, creeds and languages.
  3. (b) Ladakh
    Explanation: Ladakh is in the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir.
  4. (d) Pt Nehru
    Explanation: Pt. Nehru delivered an Independence Day speech. It was Nehru, who coined the phrase, "unity in diversity" to describe the country.
  5. (c) English
    Explanation: Samir Ek and Samir Do come from different religious and cultural backgrounds. While Samir Ek is a Hindu, Samir Do is a Muslim. While Samir Ek is more familiar with English, Samir Do speaks Hindi.
  6. (i) - (d), (ii) - (c), (iii) - (b), (iv) - (a).
    1. Pashmina
    2. Unity in diversity
    3. Tamil Nadu
    4. Ladakh
    1. True
    2. False (Ibn Battuta, who travelled in Kerala a little less than seven hundred years ago, wrote a travelogue in which he describes the lives of Musli)
    3. False (In Kerela, the fertile land and climate are suited to growing rice and a majority of people here eat rice, fish and vegetables)
    4. False. (There are many religions in India)
  7. People in Ladakh keep sheep, goats, cows and dzos (Yak-cows) for their living. The staple food of people living here is meat and milk products like cheese and butter.
  8. Difference among people on the basis of religion, language, eating habits etc. is called diversity.
  9. It is definitely an appropriate term. Our country has a huge population with people from many different cultural backgrounds, different religions, people speaking different languages and people following different traditions. Yet, this huge diverse nation is always united and moves forward on the path of progress. Nehru is trying to say that tolerance is very much ingrained in every Indian citizen.
    1. Ladakh is a desert in the mountains in the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir.
    2. Very little agriculture is possible here since this region does not receive any rain and is covered in snow for a large part of the year.
    3. There are very few trees that can grow in the region.
    4. For drinking water, people depend on the melting snow during the summer months.
    1. Kerala and Ladakh are different in terms of geographical features.
      1. The geography of Kerala made possible the cultivation of spices and rice.
      2. Its coastal location made fishing possible.
      3. Geography of Ladakh made possible the wool collection as a major occupation of the Ladakhi people.
    2. The history of both regions has seen similar cultural influences.
      Chinese and Arab Traders came to these regions and set up trading occupations there.
  10. Kerala is a state in the southwest corner of India. It is surrounded by the sea on one side and hills on the other. A number of spices like pepper, cloves and cardamoms are grown on the hills. It is spices that made this region an attractive place for traders. Jewish and Arab traders were the first to come here. The Apostle of Christ, St. Thomas is believed to have come here nearly 2000 years ago and he is credited with bringing Christianity to India. Many Arab traders also came and settled down here. Ibn Battuta, who travelled here a little less than seven hundred years ago, wrote a travelogue in which he describes the lives of Muslims and says that they were a highly respected community. The Portuguese discovered the sea route to India from Europe when Vasco da Gama landed with his ship here Because of all these various historical influences, people in Kerala practise different religions such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. The fishing nets used here look exactly like the Chinese fishing nets and are called Cheena-Vala. Even the utensil used for frying is called the Cheenachatti, and it is believed that the word Cheen could have come from China. The fertile land and climate are suited to growing rice and a majority of people here eat rice, fish and vegetables.