Madhyamik History Question paper 2016



Time – Three Hours Fifteen Minutes

(First fifteen minutes for reading the question paper only)

Full Marks – 90

(For Regular and Sightless Regular Candidates)

Full Marks – 100

(For External and sightless External Candidates)

Special credits will be given for answers which are brief and to the point. Marks will be deducted for spelling mistakes, untidiness and bad handwriting

Figures in the margin indicate full marks for each question

1. On the outline map of India supplied, geographical positions of certain places of historical importance are indicated by a dot (.) marks. Match them with the list given below (any ten) :  [1 x 10 = 10]

(a) Barrackpore, (b) Bareilly,  (c) Chauri-Chaura,  (d) Delhi,  (e) Gwalior, (f) Dacca (Dhaka),  (g) Jamshedpur,  (h) Kakdwip,  (i) Lahore, (j) Mangalore,  (k) Nagpur,  (l) Pune,  (m) Simla,    (n) Seringapatam


Answer the following in one or two words each (any ten) : [1 x 10 = 10] 

(a) Who was appointed as the Governor-General of Bengal In 1798 ?

(b) In which year did the English annex Sind?

(c) Name an educational institution founded by Alexander Duff.

(d) In which region of India did Begum Hazrat Mahal provide leadership to the Great  Revolt (1857)?

(e) In which year was the Morley-Minto Reforms Act introduced ?

(f) Which period in the history of the Indian National Congress is regarded as the Moderate Era?

(g) Where was the satyagraha movement staged for the first time in India?

(h) Which day was observed in India as “Purna Swaraj Day” before independence?

(i) What was the German Parliament known as?

(j) Where is the Supreme Court of India situated?

(k) Who presides in the Upper House of the Indian Parliament?

(l) Name one national leader of Ghana.

(m) In which year did Indonesia become independent?

(n) From which date did the Partition of India become effective?

2. Answer the following questions in two or three sentences (any ten) :[2 x 10 = 20]

(a) State any two causes of the failure of the Great Revolt of 1857.

(b) What were the main aims of the social reform movements of the nineteenth century?

(c) By which act did Lord Lytton suppress the freedom of the pass and why?

(d) What is meant by the ‘safety-valve theory’?

(e) Why is Aurobindo Ghosh remembered in the context of the national movement?

(f) State two reasons for the failure of the Extremist movement.

(g) Why did the Indians oppose the Simon Commission?

(h) State two reasons for the debacle of democracy in Europe on, the eve of the Second World War.

(i) Why did the Congress ministries resign in 1939?

(j) In what way was the Quit India Movement different from earlier movements?

(k) What were the main demands of the Tebhaga Movement?

(l) State any two Fundamental Duties mentioned in the Indian Constitution.

(m) What is meant by ‘responsible government’?

(n)  What was the Truman Doctrine?

3. Answer the following questions in seven or eight sentences :  [4 x 5 = 20]

(a) Discuss the role of Lord Cornwallis as the founder of the British administrative system in India.


Discuss the importance of the Doctrine of Lapse in the expansion of the British Empire in India.

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