Interview Question Bank - Humanities : History

Top History Questions
  • What are the distinctive features of Mohenjo-Daro?
  • How is the past reconstructed by archaeologists?
  • What are the functions that were performed by rulers in Harappa society?
  • Do you think historians reconstruct the lives of ordinary people? If yes, then how?
  • Who are epigraphists? List some of the problems faced by them.
  • Discuss the kingship notions that developed in the post-Mauryan period.
  • Were the kings in early states invariably Kshatriyas?
  • Compare and contrast the stories of Drona, Hidimba and Matanga on the grounds of dharma or norms.
  • In what ways is the Buddhist theory of a social contract different from the Brahmanical view of society derived from the Purusha sukta?
  • Discuss whether the Mahabharata could have been a single author’s work.
  • How important were gender differences in the early societies?
  • Discuss the evidence suggesting Brahmanical prescriptions about kinship and marriage were not universally followed.
  • How were the ideas of the Upanishadic thinkers different from that of the fatalists and materialists?
  • Summarize Jainism’s central teachings.
  • To what extent does Buddhist literature knowledge help in understanding the sculpture at Sanchi?
  • Discuss the evidence for slavery provided by Ibn Battuta.
  • Who introduced the system of local boards or local bodies in India?
  • The Indus Valley Civilization belongs to which age?
  • Who were the first to establish regular trade with India?
  • Who introduced English in India?
  • Differentiate between Paleolithic cultures and Mesolithic cultures.
  • What is your understanding of the regional and chronological distribution of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic cultures?
  • Comment on the Bronze Age Civilizations.
  • Discuss religion and culture in ancient Rome.
  • Discuss the transition from feudalism to capitalism.
  • Throw some light on Renaissance - its social roots, city states of Italy.
  • What do you know about the emergence of the European state system?
  • What do you know about the evolution of American Democracy?
  • What was the Great Debate of Soviet Industrialization?
  • What do you know about the political and economic issues in the American Revolution?
  • What do you know about the French Revolution and its European repercussions?
  • Give a brief sketch of the Sangam literature as a source for the study of the history of tamilkam.
  • Assess the significance of megalithic cultures of Deccan and South India.
  • Evaluate the developments in the field of religion during 1000 B.C.-600 B.C.
  • What do you know about the Stone Age tool technology and economic patterns in India?
  • What are the salient features of pre-historic rock-art of India?
  • What do you know about the main doctrines of Jainism and Buddhism? What are the main sources of their patronage?
  • What do you know about the nature of state control on economic activities during the Mauryan period?
  • What do you know about the changes in the society of India between 600 B.C and 300 A.D.?
  • Discuss the geographical distribution, tool technology and subsistence pattern of the Neolithic cultures of India.
  • Explain the salient features of Asoka’s policy of dharma and evaluate its impact on the downfall of the Mauryan dynasty.
  • Bring out the main features of social, economic and political life as reflected in the Rig-Veda.
  • Evaluate the changing notions of history. Do you agree with the view that the early Indians had no notion of history?
  • The green revolution is a mixed blessing for India. Do you agree?
  • Would you agree with the view that big dams have caused social and ecological imbalances in India?
  • Why is it important to understand Global Warming today?
  • What is your understanding of Agrarian crisis’?
  • Comment on the land revenue system under Akbar with special reference to the Zabti system of assessment.
  • Discuss the social and ideological background to the rise of the Marathas under Shivaji.
  • Did the British de-industrialize or industrialize India?
  • Why did Mahatma Gandhi launch the non-cooperation movement? Also, why was it withdrawn?
  • Explain with examples what historians mean by the integration of cults.
  • Discuss the ways in which the Alvars, Nayanars and Virashaivas expressed critiques of the caste system.
  • Discuss the major beliefs and practices that characterized Sufism.
  • Evaluate the significance of the May Fourth Movement, 1919.
  • Discuss the theories of Imperialism. To what extent do you believe that Imperialism was a factor responsible for the First World War?
  • How far did the constitution of India fulfill the aspirations of the various sections of Indian society?
  • Discuss the role of the ’Left Wing’ in the Indian struggle for independence.
  • Is the ’Safety Valve’ theory an adequate explanation for the formation of the Indian national congress?
  • Was the Indian economy de-industrialized in the 19th century?
  • How does the mughal architecture reflect the composite nature of the Mughal state?
  • Examine the evidence that suggests that land revenue was important for the Mughal Fiscal system.
  • Examine the role played by Zamindars in Mughal India.
  • Discuss the ways in which panchayats and village headmen regulated rural society in the Mughal Empire.
  • What were the problems in the Anglo-Chinese relationship in the nineteenth century? In what way did the Opium trade precipitate the war?
  • Was the rise of militarism in Japan due to the failure of parliamentary democracy?
  • Examine the impact of industrialization on demography, urbanization and family in 19th century Europe?
  • Discuss the fascist regime in Italy.
  • Give an account of the Gupta administration. How far did it differ from that of the Mauryas?
  • What do you know about the concept of varna and jati in ancient India?
  • What do you know about the features of Mathura and Gandhara School of Art? Examine the factors which lead to their growth.
  • What do you know about main features of slavery in ancient Rome?
  • What do you know about the historical background in which Islam originated?
  • Can you talk about the spread of Humanism in 16th century Europe?
  • What are the main causes of price revolution?
  • What are the basic principles of mercantilism?
  • What are the different theories regarding the origin of Rajputs?
  • What do you know about the art and architecture of the early medieval period?
  • The Americans were ’discovered’ towards the end of the 15th century. What do you think?
  • What are the features of War Communism? Was it a product of ideology or wartime compulsions?
  • What do you know about the growth and development of early industrialization in USA from 1815 to 1860?
  • What are the various modes of resistance by the slaves against their enslavement in the U.S.?
  • Do you agree with the view that the Civil War was an 'irrepressible conflict'?
  • What do you know about the main features of Athenian democracy?
  • What do you know about the emergence of Islam in Arabia?
  • What do you know about the main doctrines of early Jainism and Buddhism?
  • What do you know about the main stages in the evolution of humankind?
  • What is the transition from slavery to feudalism in Europe?
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