Mark (b) if both (A) and (R) are correct, but (R) is not the correct explanation
or justification for (A).
Mark (c) if only (A) is correct.
Mark (d) if only (R) is correct.
Assertion (A): Foreigners were welcome at Pataliputra.
Reason (R): The municipality in the city had a special committee to look after
the welfare of foreigners.
Assertion (A): The slaughter of the brothers by Asoka is a silly fiction.
Reason (R): Asoka refers to the harems of his brothers in his fifth Rock Edict,
which was issued not earlier than the fourteenth regnal year.
Assertion (A): Kautilya shared the popular superstitions of his time.
Reason (R): Kautilya advises the king to avert eight specific kinds of
providential visitations, viz. fire, flood. pestilences, famine, rats, snakes,
tigers and demons.
Assertion (A): Asoka was consecrated four years after his accession to the
throne.
Reason (R): Coronation was delayed for some four years as priests advised
him not to celebrate the coronation.
Assertion (A): Rate of usury for loans involving long sea voyages was as high
as sixty per cent.
Reason (R): Long sea voyages were not considered secure.
Assertion (A): The city of Taxila revolted twice during the Mauryan period.
Reason (R): The Mauryan emperors were despots.
                                  ANSWERS
     1. (d)      2. (b)     3. (a)        4. (c)         5. (c)  6. (d)   7. (b)
     8. (a)       9. (c)   10. (c)      11. (a)         12. (b) 13. (c) 14. (b)
    15. (b)     16. (c)    17. (d)      18. (c)         19. (a) 20. (d) 21. (b)
    22. (a)     23. (c)    24. (c)      25. (b)         26. (a) 27. (c)  28. (c)
    29. (a)     30. (d)    31. (c)      32. (d)         33. (d) 34. (a) 35. (b)
    36. (a)     37. (c)    38. (c)      39. (a)