Indian Novelists and Their Works Quiz

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What is the primary focus when constructing the history of modern India?

Archives

What type of documents are archives usually composed of?

Primary source documents

Which records provide a detailed account of trading conditions from 1600–1857?

Records of the East India Company

What do archives NOT aim to do according to the text?

Promote contemporary commercial activities

Where are the archives of the princely states Gwalior, Indore, and Bhopal located?

Madhya Pradesh

Which presidency's early records were lost during the sack of Calcutta in 1756?

Bengal

Where are the Dutch records of Cochin and Malabar housed?

Madras Record Office

Which European power's archives were taken to Paris by the French authorities?

French

Where are the archives of the Mayor’s Court at Fort St. George located?

Madras Record Office

Which European power's records were transferred to Copenhagen when they sold Tranquebar and Serampore to the English East India Company in 1845?

Danish

In which state are the archives of Bombay Presidency housed?

Maharashtra

What is the primary focus of many paintings in the new trend discussed in the text?

Indian mythology

Which type of records can be found in Foreign Repositories according to the text?

Indian office records in London

In terms of archival materials, what do Private Archives typically consist of?

Papers and documents of individuals and families of note

What sources are NOT mentioned in the text as relevant materials for studying modern Indian art movements?

Official government reports

Where are the papers of eminent leaders of the nationalist movement and the records of organizations like the Indian National Congress housed?

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi

Where can one find records related to British viceroys, secretaries of states, and high-ranked civil and military officials who were posted in India?

British Museum

Which location houses the archives of the missionary societies like the Church Missionary Society of London?

Lisbon

Where can one find records that provide insight into the educational and social development in pre-independent India?

Archive of British Museum

Where can one find the records related to French possessions and socio-political conditions?

Archives Nationale, Paris

Where can one find records related to Danish possessions?

Copenhagen

Which source provides valuable historical material related to modern India from erstwhile imperialist powers?

India Office Records, London

Where can one find records related to Dutch East India Company?

Rijksarchief, The Hague

Which collection provides insight into the economic changes in modern India?

British Museum

Who was the first person to publish a newspaper in India, and what was the name of the newspaper?

James Augustus Hickey, The Calcutta Gazette

Which literary genre emerged in the latter half of the 19th century due to Indo-European contact?

Novel

What was the aim of early newspapers and journals in India during the second half of the 19th century?

To cater to the intellectual entertainment of Indians

Who was the Bengali novelist that emerged as the first important writer in the latter half of the 19th century?

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

Which type of evidence refers to history constructed from non-written sources like personal reminiscence?

Oral history

What was the title of Victor Jacquemont's work about his journey in India?

Letters from India: Describing a Journey in the British Dominions of India, Tibet, Lahore, and Cashmere During the Years 1828, 1829, 1830 1831.

What was the response to James Augustus Hickey's newspaper publication in India?

Seized within two years

'Bande Matram' was published in which city?

Paris

'The Hindu and Swadesamitran' were published under whose editorship?

G.Subramaniya Iyer

Which Indian revolutionary was associated with the newspaper 'Ghadar'?

Lala Hardayal

Who were among some of the founding fathers of the Indian National Congress in 1885?

Journalists

Which novel is noted for its powerful lyric 'Vandemataram' and depiction of the Sanyasi Revolt (1760s)?

Anandamath

Who is known for being a fine scholar of medieval Gujarati literary history?

Iccharam Suryaram Desai

Which novel by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer is a tragic tale of love?

Balyakalasakhi

Which work by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai focuses on the life of the marginalised and oppressed sections of society?

Son of a Scavenger

What type of paintings provide important records of the great revolt of 1857?

British paintings of the mutiny period

'Patna Kalam' refers to which type of paintings?

Company Paintings

'Tottiyude Makan' by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai was written in which language?

Malayalam

Who was one of the eminent writers in Malayalam known for 'The Childhood Friends'?

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer

Who played a vital role in the rise of the Bengal School of art?

Nandalal Bose

Which type of paintings depicted both mythological figures and social changes in Calcutta in the 19th century?

Kalighat paintings

In which century did photography replace Company Paintings as a popular medium in India?

19th century

What type of records can be found in the National Archives of India?

Educational records

Which department was responsible for scientifically mapping unknown regions of the country during colonial rule?

Survey of India

What is housed in the Alienation Office in Pune and provides a valuable source for studying Maratha history?

Peshwa Daftar

Which records provide valuable information on contemporary socio-economic conditions and geographical matters?

Survey of India

Where are the archives of the princely states Jaipur, Bikaner, and Udaipur located now?

Rajasthan State Archives at Bikaner

Which European power's archives are mentioned as being taken to Paris by French authorities?

Dutch

What records provide data for studying the social and religious policies of the colonial government?

Proceedings of the public departments

Which set of records was started in 1907 exclusively to deal with political and communal issues?

Home Political records

What type of records does the National Archives of India NOT contain?

Peshwa Daftar

Where can valuable source material be found for studying the pre-British public archives in India related to Maratha history?

Peshwa Daftar at Pune

What was James Rennell appointed as in 1767?

First Surveyor General of Bengal

What do newspapers and journals provide valuable information on?

All aspects of Indian society especially in the 19th and 20th centuries

What type of documents are generally considered primary source documents in archives?

Documents consciously created to convey information to future generations

What do the official records relating to modern India help historians trace?

Important development stage-by-stage

What valuable information do the records of the European East India companies provide for constructing the history of the 17th and 18th centuries?

Detailed account of trading conditions during that period

What is the unique characteristic of archives that distinguishes them from other historical materials?

Original documents not created to convey information to the future

What type of documents are found in Foreign Repositories according to the text?

Indian office records and Record Office documents

Where can one find records related to Dutch East India Company according to the text?

Foreign Repositories like Indian office Records in London

Which type of paintings are mentioned to be focusing on both mythological themes and social changes in Calcutta in the 19th century?

Mythological figures and social changes

Where can one find records that provide insight into the educational and social development in pre-independent India?

Indian office Records in London

Which type of historical material is available in the Foreign Repositories mentioned in the text?

Documents related to French possessions

Where are the archives of the Dutch East India Company available according to the text?

The Hague

Who left accounts of their experiences in India in the form of biographies, memoirs, and travel accounts according to the text?

British missionaries

Which European power's records are available in the Archives Nationale, Paris?

French

Where can one find valuable records about India's relations with neighbouring countries in the colonial era?

Lahore

Which archives provide insights into the educational and social development in pre-independent India?

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Which set of records are kept in Copenhagen and Lisbon according to the text?

Danish and Portuguese records

Where are the archives of the Danish possessions mainly transferred to?

Copenhagen

What records can be found in the Maharashtra Secretariat Record Office in Mumbai?

Archives of Bombay Presidency

Where are the Dutch records of Cochin and Malabar located?

Madras Record Office

Which European power's archives were not taken to Paris by French authorities?

Danish

Where can one find the earliest judicial archives from AD 1689?

Madras Record Office

Which state papers collection is valuable for studying Dogra rule from 1846?

Jammu

What records are extremely useful for studying the history of Western India according to the text?

Bombay Presidency archives

Where are the archives related to British viceroys and high-ranked officials posted in India located?

National Archives of India

What type of records do the archives related to Portuguese preserved in Goa mainly belong to?

1700-1900 period mainly

The archives of which presidency begin from AD 1670 and include records about English conflicts with other Indian powers?

Madras Presidency

What do the archives of Three Presidencies contain that is useful for studying English conflicts and struggles with other Indian powers?

Diplomatic correspondences

Who published the first newspaper in India in 1780?

James Augustus Hickey

Which Indian newspaper editor/publisher was associated with the publication 'The Hindu and Swadesamitran'?

Sisir Kumar Ghosh

Which individual announced their intention to publish a newspaper after being censured by the Court of Directors of the English East India Company?

William Bolts

Which newspaper editor's press was seized within two years due to criticism of government officials?

James Augustus Hickey

Who emerged as the first important writer of the novel genre in late 19th-century India?

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

Which noted newspaper emerged in Punjab during the early period?

The Tribune

Which Indian nationalist figure was associated with the publication 'Voice of India'?

(Dadabhai Naoroji)

Which novel by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer is a tragic tale of love?

Balyakalasakhi

Who was a fine scholar of medieval Gujarati literary history?

Iccharam Suryaram Desai

Which novel provides a picture of the social milieu during the colonial period?

Anandamath

Which movement received its primary stimulus from growing nationalism in India?

The Bengal School

Who wrote the novel 'Chemmeen'?

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

Which novel was one of the earliest Indian novels with political overtones?

Hind ane Britannia

'In Memoriam' by Joseph Noel Paton recorded two years of which event?

The revolt of 1857

'Keelubommalu' by G.V.Krishna Rao was concerned with which aspect?

Moral aspects and behavior of rural people

What was one of the primary functions of newspapers and journals that emerged in the later part of the 18th century in India?

Providing insights into political and societal aspects

Where can valuable source material be found for studying the history of the princely states of Rajasthan like Jaipur and Udaipur?

Rajasthan State Archives at Bikaner

Which archives provide valuable information on the emergence of the nationalist movement and constitutional developments from 1920 to 1937?

Central Government Archives

What is a significant historical aspect that can be learned from the records of the Survey of India?

Contemporary socio-economic conditions

Where can one find primary source materials about the colonial education policies and growth of the education system in India?

Central Government Archives

In which set of records would one find detailed information about the social and religious policies of the colonial government?

Central Government Archives

What do archives primarily consist of when studying modern Indian history?

Unique/original documents that are not consciously created to convey information to future generations

Why are the records of the East India Company considered important for historians?

To understand the decision-making processes and psychology of policymakers

What is the significance of the records of other European East India companies for constructing modern Indian history?

They help in understanding economic and political scenarios of the 17th and 18th centuries

Why are archives considered priority sources when constructing the history of modern India?

As they provide primary source documents necessary for historical study

What type of sources provide valuable insights into the history of 18th and early 19th-century India?

Newspapers and journals

Where can one find the archives that contain most of the records of the Government of India?

National Archives of India in New Delhi

Which category of official records includes records related to intermediate and subordinate authorities?

Central Government archives

What is the significance of the Survey of India records and surveyors' memoirs in understanding historical aspects?

Historical aspects and social changes

Which set of records is useful for studying the social and religious policies of the colonial government during the British rule in India?

Proceedings of public, judicial, and legislative departments

Which series of records was initiated in 1907 to exclusively focus on political and communal issues in India?

'Home Political' series records

Where are the archives of the princely states Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal, and Rewa located?

Madhya Pradesh

Where can one find valuable source material for studying Maratha history prior to the fall of the Peshwas?

'Peshwa Daftar' in Pune

Which foreign archives contain valuable historical material related to Portuguese possessions in India from 1700 to 1900?

Goa

Which archives would one refer to for studying the history of princely states like Jaipur and Udaipur?

'State Government archives'

Where are the Dutch records of Cochin and Malabar located?

Madras Record Office

Where can one find archives that contain a valuable collection for studying Dogra rule in Jammu and Kashmir from 1846 onwards?

'Jammu State Archives'

Which location houses the archives of the Danish possessions that were mainly transferred to Copenhagen?

Madras Record Office

'Khalsa Darbar' records from 1800 to 1849 are a significant source material for which region's history?

'Lahore' region

Where can one find the records of the Mayor’s Court at Bombay established in 1728?

Maharashtra Secretariat Record Office

Which sets of records are mentioned as valuable for an analytical study of constitutional developments from 1920 to 1937?

Reforms Office records

What type of historical material is NOT available in the Foreign Repositories mentioned in the text?

Indian nationalist movement documents

Where are the archives of the Madras Presidency from AD 1670 located?

None of the above

What do the archives of Three Presidencies contain that is useful for studying English conflicts and struggles with other Indian powers?

Details about Anglo-French conflicts in India

What type of records can be found in the Maharashtra Secretariat Record Office in Mumbai?

Records regarding Western India's history

What do the archives of Bombay Presidency provide valuable insights into?

British administration in Western India

Which archives house judicial records from Mayor’s Court at Fort St. George starting from AD 1689?

Maharashtra Secretariat Record Office

Where are the archives of the Danish and Portuguese possessions kept?

Copenhagen and Lisbon

Which missionary society's archives provide insight into the educational and social development in pre-independent India?

Church Missionary Society of London

Who wrote 'Hindu Manners and Customs' which provides useful information on the socio-economic life of India?

Abbe Dubois

Where can records that throw light on the history of French possessions be found?

Paris

Which archives provide information about regional history besides India's relations with neighbouring countries in the colonial era?

West Pakistan Record Office, Lahore

Who wrote 'Narrative of a Visit to the Court of Sinde'?

James Burnes

'Travels Into Bokhara' was written by which British traveller?

Alexander Burnes

'Letters from India: Describing a Journey in the British Dominions of India, Tibet, Lahore, and Cashmere During the Years 1828, 1829, 1830 1831' was written by whom?

Victor Jacquemont

'Diary of the Travels and Adventures in Upper India' was authored by which British traveller?

C.J.C.Davidson

In which repository can one find records that provide insight into the history of modern India under imperialist powers?

India Office Records, London

Which missionary society's archives provide valuable data for studying socio-economic conditions during pre-independent India?

Church Missionary Society of London

Who published the first newspaper in India in 1780?

James Augustus Hickey

Which Bengali novelist is known for the novel Anandamath and the powerful lyric 'Vandemataram'?

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

In which city was the newspaper 'The Hindu and Swadesamitran' published under G.Subramaniya Iyer's editorship?

Chennai

Who was associated with the publication 'Indian Mirror'?

N.N.Sen

Which Indian nationalist figure was associated with the publication 'Bande Matram' in Paris?

Madam Cama

Who wrote the novel 'Hind ane Britannia', one of the earliest Indian novels with political overtones?

Iccharam Suryaram Desai

'Voice of India' was associated with which Indian nationalist figure?

Dadabhai Naoroji

'Anandamath' is known for its depiction of which historical event?

The Sanyasi Revolt (1760s)

'The Tribune' emerged as a noted newspaper in which region during the early period?

'Punjab'

'Hind ane Britannia' was authored by a fine scholar of medieval Gujarati literary history named:

'Iccharam Suryaram Desai'

Which art movement in India received its primary stimulus from growing nationalism in the country?

The rise of the Bengal School

Who was known for writing the novel 'The Childhood Friends' which is a tragic tale of love?

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer

What was the focus of G.V. Krishna Rao's novel 'The Puppets' (Keelubommalu)?

Moral aspects and behavior of rural people

What type of records are important sources for studying the great revolt of 1857?

Company paintings

Which prominent writer is associated with the novel 'Son of a Scavenger'?

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

Which group of paintings emerged under the patronage of the East India Company?

'Patna Kalam'

Who is known for their depiction of ordinary people engaged in their daily lives through Kalighat paintings?

'Patna Kalam'

'Chemmeen' and 'Tottiyude Makan' are novels written originally in which language?

Malayalam

Which painting is an example commemorating British heroes during the events of 1857?

Relief of Lucknow by Thomas Jones Barker

What did the Company Paintings mainly depict?

Mythological figures and social changes in Calcutta

Who played a vital role in the rise of the Bengal School art movement alongside Abanindranath Tagore?

E.B. Havell

Study Notes

  • Historical material for studying modern India (mid-18th century to mid-20th century) is abundant, with priority given to archives.
  • Archives are collections of original historical records and documents, primarily official records and those of European East India companies.
  • Contemporary and semi-contemporary works, such as memoirs, biographies, travel accounts, newspapers, and journals, also provide valuable information.
  • Central Government Archives:
  • National Archives of India in New Delhi contains most authentic and reliable source materials on varied aspects of modern Indian history.
  • Records of Survey of India provide valuable information on geographical matters, contemporary socio-economic conditions, and historical aspects.
  • Proceedings of public, judicial, and legislative departments provide information on social and religious policies of the colonial government.
  • State Government Archives:
  • Records of former British Indian provinces, erstwhile princely states, and foreign administrations available in various state archives.
  • Peshwa Daftar in Pune is the most valuable single source for studying Maratha history.
  • Archives of princely states of Rajasthan, Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal, and Rewa provide valuable information for studying their histories.
  • Archives of Three Presidencies:
  • Bengal Presidency records, partly available in National Archives of India and State Archives of West Bengal, provide information on rise of the English East India Company as a political power.
  • Records of Madras and Bombay Presidencies provide information on the history of South India and Western India, respectively.
  • Archives of Other European Powers:
  • Portuguese archives in Goa are valuable for the history of Portuguese possessions in India.
  • Dutch records of Cochin and Malabar, French archives of Chandernagore and Pondicherry, and Danish records of Tranquebar are also useful.
  • Judicial Records:
  • Earliest available judicial archives are the Mayor’s Court records at Fort St.George, starting from AD 1689.
  • Records of Mayor’s Courts at Fort Williams and Bombay are also available and contain proceedings, minutes, copies of wills, probates, and letters of administration.
  • Published Archives:
  • Parliamentary Papers include excerpts from East India Company records and Government of India records under the Crown.
  • Proceedings of Indian and provincial legislatures, weekly gazettes, and collections of laws and regulations are also useful.
  • Private Archives:
  • Eminent leaders of the nationalist movement and records of organizations like the Indian National Congress are housed in Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
  • Foreign Repositories:
  • A vast body of historical material related to modern India is available in the repositories of erstwhile imperialist powers.

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