leaves; blue from indigo; red from the kusam flower juice or red sandalwood;
green from the leaves of the wood apple tree; white from rice powder and
orange from palasha flowers. Colours are used with no shading in their
application. A double line is used for outlines and the space between them is
filled with either cross or straight tiny lines. The linear Maithili paintings do
not even require application of colours; only the outlines are drawn.
Which one of the following was not a means of improving varna status?
(a) By opting out of society and becoming an ascetic
(b) By taking rebirth in a higher social status in one’s next life
(c) By marrying outside one’s own varna
(d) By a group’s change in habitation or geographical location
That the term ‘Sudra’ was a tribal name is explicitly stated in the:
(i) Ramayana
(ii) Mahabharata
(iii) Indica
(iv) Mahabhashya
(v) Puranas
(vi) Smritis
Choose the correct answer from the codes below:
(a) i, ii, iv and v
(b) ii, iv, v and vi
(c) iii, iv, v and vi
(d) ii, iii, iv and v
During which of the following periods of Indian history did the Kshatriyas
have a distinct identity?
(a) Age of the Buddha
(b) Maurya period
(c) Post-Maurya age
(d) Gupta period
Which of the following texts relegates women along with Vaishyas and
Sudras to a low position, though   all of them are assured of equal treatment by