Which of the following statements are correct about slavery in ancient India?
(i) A Brahmin could never be a slave.
(ii) The sale and purchase of a Brahmin woman was illegal.
(iii) Any free woman of non-Brahmin class marrying a slave became a slave.
(iv) A slave woman bearing a child to her master was released.
Choose the answer from the codes below.
(a) ii, iii and iv
(b) i, iii and iv
(c) i, ii and iv
(d) All of them
Which one of the following forms of endogamy was not recognised?
(a) Varna endogamy
(b) Jati endogamy
(c) Gotra endogamy
(d) None of the above
The terms vaidh, avantya, satvant, etc. refer to
(a) new professions
(b) new administrative posts
(c) new mixed castes
(d) new courtesan classes
Which one of the following statements regarding Vaishya varna is not
(a) The disintegration of the Vaishya varna, which had begun earlier,
continued rapidly under the Gupta rulers.
(b) The political role of the Vaishyas was on the decline and they virtually
lost their right to possess weapons.
(c) New social groups were formed by the intermarriages between the
Vaishyas and Sudra craftsmen.
(d) Vaishyas bore the bulk of the tax burden.
Which of the following statements are correct about ancient Indian
(i) In ancient India one can speak of bureaucracy as an organisation in itself.
(ii) The social composition of bureaucracy was varied, and it did not share an
identity of culture among its upper and lower ranks.