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Chapter 1 – How, When and Where

Very Short Questions:- (1 mark)

Q1. Fill in the blanks.
a. More than _________ policemen refused to take food during police strike in Delhi in 1946.
b. The periodisation of Indian history given by __________ came to be widely accepted.
c. __________ is certainly about changes that occur over time.
d. Census operations were held every _____________ years.
e. British established specialised institutions like __________ and __________ were also established
to preserve important records.

Q2. True/False
a. James Mill divided Indian history into three periods – Hindu, Muslim, Christian.
b. The practice of surveying also became common under the colonial administration.
c. Official documents help us understand what the people of the country think.
d. The British thought surveys were important for effective administration.
e. By the early nineteenth century detailed surveys were being carried out to map the entire

Short Questions:- (2 marks)

Q3. When The National Archives of India came up?
Q4. How did paintings project Governor-Generals?
Q5. Who became the first governor general of British India?
Q6. What did James Mills think about all Asian societies?
Q7. How have historians divided Indian history?
Q8. What do you mean by the term ' colonisation'?
Q9. Who was James Mill?
Q10. Who wrote the book ‘A History of British India’?
Q11. What do you understand by history?
Q12. With what did the British historians associate the modern period?

Long Questions:- (5 marks)

Q13. What evil practices, according to James Mill, dominated the Indian social life before the
British came to India?
Q14. What was an important aspect of the histories written by the British historians in India?
Q15. What official records do not tell? [Or]
What were the things that official records did not tell?


Q16. Mention the events for which specific dates can be determined.
Q17. Why do many historians refer to modern period as colonial?
Q18. Who are calligraphists? How were they important in the early nineteenth century?
Q19. Mention one important source used by historians in writing about the last 250 years of
Indian history. [Or] What sources do historians use in writing about the last 250 years of
Indian history?
Q20. What do official records not tell? How do we come to know about them?
[Or] What official records do not tell? From where do we get such information?
Q21. Why did the British preserve official documents?
Q22. By what criteria do we choose a set of dates as important?
Q23. Why do we try and divide history into different periods?

Very Long Questions:- (10 marks)

Q24. How did the British conquer India and establish their rule?
Q25. How did the invention of the printing press help in spreading news and information?
Q26. What did the British do to preserve important official documents and letters?
[Or] Why did the British set up record rooms attached to all administrative institutions?



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