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class VII

Key Concepts

mughal, mansab, jagir, zat, sawar, sulh-i-kul, primogeniture, coparency, zabt, zamindar

essential questions

1. Who were the Mughals?
2. How were they able to rule Indian subcontinent for more than 2 centuries?
3. After 2 centuries of strong rule, what led to their downfall? Why do you think their future generations were not able to consolidate their hold in the region?


  1. The name of the Mughal emperors in Delhi was: a) Red fort  b) old fort   c) Siri fort  d) None
  2. Genghis Khan was a ruler of this tribe: a) Turkish   b) Mongols  c) Huns   d) None
  3. Which Mughal Emperor was defeated by Sher Shah Suri: a) Babur  b) Humayun  c) Akbar  d) Jahagir
  4. What is the ruling period of Jahangir: a) 1526- 1530 AD  b) 1530-1556 AD  c) 1556-1605 AD  d) 1605- 1627 AD
  5. Which Sikh Guru’s martyrdom took place during Jahangir’s reign? a) Guru Nanak Singhji   b) Guru Gobind Singhji   c) Guru Arjun Singh   d) Guru Tegh Bahadur Singh
  6. What was the capital of Mirza Hakim Akhar’s half brother: a) Kabul  b) Afghan  c) Morocco  d) Sind
  7. Which ruler was insulted by Aurangzeb: a) Man Singh   b) Rana Pratap  c) Shivaji   d)  All of these
  8. The salary of the Mansabdar was called: a) mansab   b)  jat   c) Jagi  d) Zabt
  9. Who was Akbar’s revenue minister: a) Todar Mal  b) Birbal   c) Abul Fazl   d) Tansen
  10. The minister in charge of religious and charitable patronage was known as: a) Zamindar   b) Bakshi  c) Sadr  d) bigot
  11. The literal meaning of Sulh-i-kul is: a) peace  b) religion  c) universal  d) inheritance
  12. What was the approximate number of mansabdar in Shah Jahan reign: a)6000 b) 4000  c) 8000 d) 10,000

15. Fill in the blanks:

a) In the battle of Panipat Babur defeated__

b) Another name of Emperor Shah Jahan was prince____

c) Mansabdar received their salaries as revenue assignments____

d) First volume of Akbar Nama dealt with Akbar’s ____ and second volume recorded the ____ of his reign   e) The Mughals were descendants of _____ and ____  f) ____captured Delhi in 1555 with help of Safa vid Shah

16. State whether the given statement are true or false:

a) Mughal were proud of their Mongol ancestry

b) Those who joined Mughal service were called mansabdar.

c) Higher the Zat, more prestigious was noble’s position in court

d) Mehrunnisa married Jahangir and was given the title of Nur Jahan

e) Akbar was 15 years old when he became the emperor.

f) Faujdar used to be the military commander

17. Lord Kandariya Mahadev Temple: a) Siva  b) Vishnu  c) Ram  d) Durga

18. Hauz-i- sultani built by Iltutmish is a) Mosque  b) Pillared hall  c) reservoir  d) temple complex

19. Central towering dome, tall gate way; important aspects of Mughal architecture were first visible in: a) Babur tomb  b) Humanyun tomb  c) Fort Siri  d) Red Fort

20.  Main feature of Hasht Bihist style is : a) Central hall surrounded by 8 rooms  b) Central hall surrounded by 4 rooms indicating North, South, East and West  c) 8 storied height  d) 4 storied height

21. Mohd. Ghazni is contemporary of : a) Rajendra I   b) Prithviraj 3  c) Babur  d) Akbar

22. Banjaras in medeivial India were: a) weavers  b) Traders  c) Agriculturists  d) Warriors

23. Bidri famous art of Bidar is: a) Inlay work of bronze  b) Sewing with gold string  c) Gold filgree  d) Inlay work of copper and silver

24.Nandesi in medivial India denote a) Trders Guild  b) Agriculturists  c) Carpenter guild  d) Weavers guild

25. Fort at Masulipatram was built by: a) British  b) French  c) Portugese  d) Dutch

26. When was Shivaji insulted: a) When he came to accept Marathi  authority  b) When he came to decline Mughal authority c) None

27. Which among these terms was used for a province during Mughal empire: a) Suba  b) Shiq  c) Both of them  d) None


  1. Rathor Rajput was related to: a) Marwar   b) Mewar  c) Amber  d) Ranthambore
  2. Akbar, a great Mughal Emperor, was known for his: a) tolerant religious policy   b) good administration   c) economic reforms and works   d) all of these
  3. Consider the following statement about Trabeate architecture, which of them is correct: i) Placing horizontal beam across two vertical columns   ii) Built in 8th-13th century: a) Only i  b) Only ii  c) Only i and ii   d) None
  4. What were the central provinces under the control of Mughal: a) Lahore  b) Chittor  c) Agra  d) All
  5. What were mansabdar’s military responsibilities: a) Maintain a specified number of Sawar   b) Maintain a specified number of rulers  c) Maintain a specified number of Mughals  d) None
  6. What was Timurid custom of coparency inheritance: a) division of inheritance amongst all the half brothers  b) Division of the inheritance amongst all sons  c) Division of the inheritance amongst all the daughters  d) none
  7. How Shah Jahan is better known as in the Indian history: a) Prince Salim  b) Mirza Haqim  c) Prince Khurrum  d) None
  8. Trade between Surat and West Asia happened through: a) Malacca Strait  b) Davao Gulf  c) Gulf of Ormuz  d) Gulf of Guinea
  9. What is the meaning of Sulh-i- kul: a) Universal brotherhood  b) Tolerance  c) Hindu- Muslim unity  d) Universal peace



  1. Consider the following statement about Babur: Statement 1: He belonged to the descendants oof Genghis Khan from his mother’s side and to the successor of Timur from his father’s side. Statement 2: He liked to be called Mughal Statement 3: He succeeded the throne of Fargana at the age of 12 years. Statement 4: He defeated the Sultan of Delhi Ibrahim Lodhi in 1526AD at Battle of Khanva and laid the foundation of Mughal Empire. Which of the statement/s is incorrect: a) 1 and 2   b) 2 and 4  c) 1 and 3  d) only 2
  2. The land which was given back as assignment to the Rajputs after being defeated by Mughals is known as: a) Al- tamgha Jagir  b) Watanjagir  c) Madad-i-Mash  d) none
  3. Consider the following statement about ‘mansabdari system’: a) The term ‘ mansab’ refers to an individual who holds a mansab  b) Mansab means a position or rank  c) It was a grading system to fix rank, salary and military responsibility  d) Zat and Sawar terms are associated with this Mansabdari system. Choose the correct options: a) 1, 2 and 4  b) 2,3 and 4  c) 1 and 4 d) all
  4. Consider the following statement about Hampi: 1. In Krishna- Tungabhadra basin  2. Nucleus of Vijaynagar Kingdom  3. No mortar or cement was used. Choose the correct statements: a) Only 1,2   b) Only 2,3   c) Only 1,3  d) Only 1,2,3
  5. Gothic style architecture has:  a) Tall spires and bell towers  b) Low pointed arches   c) Used stained glass often painted with scenes from bible. Choose the correct statements: a) Only 1, 2  b) Only 2,3  c) Only 1 and 3  d) Only 1,2 and 3
  6. Architecture in Mughal times: Statement 1: Had influence of other regions architecture  Statement 2: Audience halls resembled Mosque. Choose the correct statement: a) Only 1  b) Only 2  c) Both 1 and 2  d) Neither 1 nor 2
  7. Consider the statement about Chahar bagh during Mughal rule: Statement 1: Terraced Chahar bagh- lal mahal bari   Statement 2: River front garden- shalimar garden. Choose the correct statements: a) Only 1   b) Only 2   c) Both 1 and 2  d) Niether 1 nor 2