NCERT Solutions for Class 6th Social Science-History: Chapter 1: What, Where, How and When?

Question 1: Match the following:

Column I Column II
(a) Narmada Valley 1. The first big kingdom
(b) Magadha 2. Hunting and gathering
(c) Garo hills 3. Cities about 2500 years ago
(d) Indus and its tributaries 4. Early agriculture
(e) Ganga Valley 5. The first cities

Answer 1:

  • Narmada Valley: Hunting and gathering
  • Magadha: The first biggest kingdom
  • Garo Hills: Early agriculture
  • Indus and its tributaries: The first cities
  • Ganga Valley: Cities about 2500 years ago

Question 2: List one major difference between manuscripts and inscriptions.

Answer 2: Manuscripts were written on palm leaves and on bark of birch tree, while inscriptions were made on stone slabs and pillars.

Question 3: Return to Rasheeda’s question. Can you think of some answers to it?

Answer 3: Rasheeda’s question is, “How could anyone know what had happened so many years ago?” We know that historians use various sources to know about history. Some important sources are: manuscripts, coins, inscriptions, archaeological sites, etc.

Question 4: Make a list of all the objects that archaeologists may find. Which of these could be made of stone?

Answer 4: Archaeologists may find potteries, skeletons, ornaments, tools, statues, toys, clothes, etc. Statues, potteries and toys could be made of stone.

Question 5: Why do you think ordinary men and women did not generally keep records of what they did?

Answer 5: The life of ordinary men and women must have been full of difficulties. Even today, the life of ordinary men and women is too mundane to write anything about it. These are the two possible reasons, why ordinary men and women generally did not keep records of what they did.

Question 6: Describe at least two ways in which you think the lives of kings would have been different from those of farmers

Answer 6: A farmer has to work in the field while a ruler does not need to do so. A king’s main responsibility was to protect its subjects, while a farmer’s main responsibility was to produce food grains. A farmer’s life must have been full of hardships. A king’s life may have been more comfortable.

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