NCERT Solutions for Class 6th Social Science-History: Chapter 12: Buildings,Paintings and Books

Question 1: Match the following

Column I Column II
Stupa Place where the image of the deity is installed
Shikhara Mound
Mandapa Circular path around the stupa
Garbhagriha Place in temples where people could assemble
Pradakshina patha Tower


  • Stupa: Mound
  • Shikhara: Tower
  • Mandapa: Place in temples where people could assemble
  • Garbhagriha: Place where the image of the deity is installed
  • Pradakshina patha: Circular path around the stupa

Question 2: Fill in the blanks:

a. ———————— was a great astronomer.

Answer: Aryabhata

b. Stories about gods and goddesses are found in the ————————

Answer: Purana

c. ———————— is recognised as the author of the Sanskrit Ramayana.

Answer: Valmiki

d. ———————— and ———————— are two Tamil epics.

Answer: Silappadikaram, Manimekalai

Question 3: Make a list of the chapters in which you find mention of metal working. What are the metals objects mentioned or shown in those chapters?

Answer: Chapters 4, 8 and 9 mention metal working. Various metal tools have been mentioned; like ploughshare, sickle, axe and sword. Ploughshare and sickle were used in farming. Axe was used for chopping wood. Sword was used in battle.

Question 4: Read the story on page 130 (NCERT Book). In what ways is the monkey king similar to or different from the kings you read about in Chapters 6 and 11?

Answer: The monkey king shows some similarities and some differences with human kings. While many kings assumed grand titles, the monkey king did not have such title. Most of the kings took good care of their subjects. The monkey king shows the same mindset.

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