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NCERT Solutions for Class 6 History Chapter 7 – From a Kingdom to an Empire

In the annals of Indian history, the Maurya dynasty emerges as a notable lineage, distinguished by three pivotal rulers: Chandragupta, his son Bindusara, and Bindusara's own son, Ashoka. King Ashoka, the third monarch of the Maurya dynasty, is renowned for a transformative journey that led him to renounce violence and embrace non-violence. This profound change in his perspective was prompted by witnessing the catastrophic consequences of warfare, where countless lives were lost.

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From a Kingdom to an Empire

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q1: Is the Chapter 7 of NCERT Solutions for Class 6 History important for the final exam?

 

Yes, Chapter 7 of NCERT Solutions for Class 6 History is equally important as the other chapters for the annual exam. Skipping on this chapter by students can lead to low marks in the exam. Hence, students should thoroughly practice and revise the key topics of all the chapters regularly to ace the annual exam. Referring to these NCERT Solutions aid students in improving their conceptual knowledge and analyzing abilities that are vital from the exam point of view.

 

Q2: From Chapter 7 of NCERT Solutions for Class 6 History, what are the topics that students can learn?

 

The NCERT Class 6 Our Pasts – I Chapter 7 talks about the following topics:

 

A very big kingdom = an empire

How are empires different from kingdoms

Ruling the empire

Ashoka, a unique ruler

Ashoka’s war in Kalinga

What was Ashoka’s dhamma

 

Q3: What were the problems that Ashoka wanted to solve by introducing dhamma, as discussed in the NCERT Solutions for Class 6 History Chapter 7?

 

Ashoka adopted the following means to spread his message of dhamma:

 

1. He appointed officials called Dhamma Mahamatta who went to different places to spread the message of dhamma.

2. He had his messages inscribed on pillars, so that common folk could read them.

3. Officials were directed to read out the messages inscribed on pillars to those who could not read.

 

Question 1 :

Suppose you had the power to inscribe your orders, what four commands would you like to issue?

 

Answer :

Students should do this project on their own

 


Question 2 :

Make a list of occupations of people who lived within the Mauryan Empire.

Answer :

The following were the occupations of those people who lived within the Mauryan Empire:

1. Farming

2. Handicrafts

3. Trading

4. Herding

5. Hunting and gathering

 


Question 3 :

Complete the following sentences:

  1. Officials collected_______ from the area under the direct control of the ruler.

  2. Royal princess often went to the provinces as____

  3. The Mauryan rulers tried to control______ and _____ which were important for transport.

  4. People in forested regions provided the Mauryan officials with______

 

Answer :

(a) Officials collected taxes from the area under the direct control of the ruler.

(b) Royal princes often went to provinces as governors.

(c) The Mauryan rulers tried to control roads and rivers which were important for transport.

(d) People in forested regions provided the Mauryan officials with elephants, timber and honey.

 


Question 4 :

What were the problems that Ashoka wanted to solve by introducing dhamma?

Answer :

Emperor Ashoka wanted to solve the following problems by introducing dhamma:

1.Inter-religious conflicts between his subjects.

2. Animal sacrifice during religious rituals.

3. Ill-treatment of servants and slaves.

4. Constant disputes between neighbors over petty issues.

 


Question 5 :

What were the means adopted by Ashoka to spread the message of dhamma?

 

Answer :

Ashoka adopted the following means to spreads his message of dhamma:

1. He appointed officials called Dhamma Mahamatta who went to different places to spread the message of dhamma.

2. He had his messages inscribed on pillars, so that common folk could read them.

3. Officials were directed to read out the messages inscribed on pillars to those who could not read.

 


Question 6 :

Why do you think slaves and servants were ill-treated? Do you think the orders of the emperor would have improved their condition? Give reasons for your answer.

 

Answer :

Slaves and servants were ill-treated owing to the following reasons:

1. Most of them were prisoners of war.

2. Some belonged to the lowest social order, specifically Shudras.

3. The concept of human rights was virtually non-existent during that period.

Their condition would have improved after the order of Emperor because:

1. No one would dare defy the supreme order of the emperor himself.

2. Those who would disobey the emperor would be severely punished by his officials.

4. The Emperor was the supreme commander of the Mauryan Empire. Thus, his word was law and had to be obeyed to the fullest extent.

 


Question 7 :

Write a short paragraph explaining to Roshan why the lions are shown on our currency notes. List at least one other object on which you see them.

 

Answer :

The Ashoka pillar in Sarnath has 4 lions on top. Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Sarnath. The four lions are related to Buddhism and signify peace and friendship. During our independence struggle, the Buddhist ideals of non-violence inspired the freedom movement. These lions on our symbol signify truth, peace, friendliness.

The lion symbol is the state emblem of the Republic of India and is used by all government departments. It is also seen on our passports as well.

 


Question 8 :

State whether true or false:

  1. Ujjain was the gateway to the north-west

  2. Chandragupta’s idea was written down in the Arthashastra

  3. Kalinga was the ancient name of Bengal

  4. Most Ashokan inscriptions are in the Brahmi script

 

Answer :

(a) False

The Mauryan province of Taxila was the gateway to the north-west.

(b) False

Arthashastra in Sanskrit which means economic science. The Ideas of Kautilya, known as Chanakya, were written down in Arthashastra.

(c) False

Kalinga refers to the coastal region between the Godavari and Mahanadi rivers, in what is modern-day Orissa, not Bengal.

(d) True

Brahmi Script is the parent language of Hindi and many other north Indian languages. Ashokan inscriptions were written in Brahmi script.

 


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