CBSE Board Class 11 History Previous Year Question Papers 2007

CBSE Board Previous Year Question Papers 2007 for Class 11 History

Time Allowed : 3 Hours Max. Marks : 100
General Instructions
(i) Answer all the questions. Marks are indicated against each question.
(ii) Answers to questions carrying 2 marks (Part ‘A’ – Questions 1 to 5) should not exceed
30 words.
(iii) Answers to questions carrying 5 marks (Part ‘B’ – Section I, II, III – Questions 6 to
16) should not exceed 100 words.
(iv) Answers to questions carrying (Part ‘C’ – Questions 17 to 18) should not exceed 250
(v) Part ‘D’ has questions based on 3 sources.
(vi) Attach maps with the answer scripts (Part ‘E’).

Answer the following questions.
1. Name the two sacrifices performed by the Kings during the Vedic times. 2

2. State any two reasons for the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire. 2

3. Mention two main functions of the Village Panchayats in the 16th and
17th centuries in India. 2

4. Why did the Zamindars default on the payment of revenues under the
British government? Give two reasons. 2

5. Explain any two problems that historians may face while studying
autobiograhies. 2

Answer any  three of the following questions :

6. State the factors that helped Magadha emerge as the most powerful
Mahajanpada in the 6th century BCE. 5

7. “The Begums of Bhopal played a significant role in preserving the remains
of Stupa at Sanchi.” Support this statement with suitable evidence. 529

8. Describe the trade relations of the Harappans with West Asia. 5

9. ‘The rules of the Brahmanical text were not universally followed in
ancient time’. Justify giving five evidence. 5
Answer any  two of the following questions :
10. ‘Bernier’s accounts influenced western theorists from the 18th century’.
Give arguments to support the statement. 5

11. What are the distinctive features of the Mughal mobility? Give any five. 5

12. Why do you think that the traditions of Baba Guru Nanak remain
significant even in the 21st century? 5
Answer any  three of the following questions :

13. ‘The British Government consciously developed the city of Madras to
reflect their racial superiority’. Justify the statement giving suitable
arguments. 5
14. Describe the events that led to the Non-Cooperation Movement. 5
15. Describe any two architectural styles used by the British in the
construction of public buildings in Bombay. Give one example from
each. 5
16. Assess the impact of partition of India on Indian women. 5

17. Explain giving examples how the accounts of foreign travellers help
in reconstructing the history of India from the 10th to 17th century. 8
Explain giving examples the connection between the State and the
Bhakti tradition and the State and the Sufi tradition. 4+4 = 8
18. Explain the development since March, 1946 that led to the Partition
of India. 830
Examine any  four major issues that went into the making of the Indian
Constitution. 4×2 = 8

PART D – Passage Based Questions
Read the following passage given carefully. Answer the questions that follow them.

19. Draupadi’s marriage
Drupada, the king of Panchala, organised a competition where the challenge
was to string a bow and hit a target; the winner would be chosen to marry
his daughter Draupadi. Arjuna was victorious and was garlanded by
Draupadi. The Pandavas returned with her to their mother Kunti, who,
even before she saw them, asked them to share whatever they had got.
She realised her mistake when she saw Draupadi, but her command could
not be violated. After much deliberation, Yudhisthira decided that Draupadi
would be their common wife.
When Drupada was told about this, he protested. However, the seer
Vyasa arrived and told him that the Pandavas were in reality incarnations
of India, whose wife had been reborn as Draupadi, and they were thus
destined for each other.
Vyasa added that in another instance a young woman had prayed to Shiva
for a husband, and in her enthusiasm, had prayed five times instead of
once. This woman was now reborn as Draupadi, and Shiva had fulfilled
her prayers. Convinced by these stories, Drupada consented to the
(i) What was the competition organised by the Panchala King Drupada
for the marriage of his daughter? 1
(ii) What two explanations were given by Vyasa to convince King
Drupada for Draupadi being the common wife of the Pandavas? 2+2 = 4
(iii) What form of marriage was Draupadi’s marriage to the Pandavas’?
Give two views of historians about this form of marriage. 1+2 = 3
(1+4+3 = 8)
The world beyond the palace
Just as the Buddha’s teachings were compiled by his followers, the
teaching of Mahavira were also recorded by his disciples. These were
often in the form of stories, which could appeal to ordinary people. Here31
is one example, from a Prakrit text known as the  Uttaradhyayana Sutta ,
describing how a queen named Kamalavati tried to persuade her husband
to renounce the world :
If the whole world and all its treasures were yours, you would not be
satisfied, nor would all this be able to save you. When you die, O king
and leave all things behind,  dhamma alone, and nothing else, will save
you. As a bird dislikes the cage, so do I dislike (the world), I shall live
as a nun without offspring without desire, without the love of gain, and
without hatred ...
Those who have enjoyed pleasures and renounced them, move about like
the wind, and go wherever they please, unchecked like birds as their flight.
Leave your large kingdom ... abandon what pleases the senses, be without
attachment and property, then practise severe penance, being firm of
energy ...
(i) Name the text from which this excerpt has been taken. What is
the language of the text? 2
(ii) What all did queen Kamalavati ask the king to renounce? 2
(iii) Describe the main principles of Jainism. 4
(2+2+4 = 8)

20. How tanks were built
About a tank constructed in Vijaynagara, Paes wrote :
The king made a tank ... at the mouth of two hills so that all the water
which comes from either one side or the other collects there; and, besides
this, water comes to it from more than three leagues (approximately 15
kilometres) by pipes which run along the lower parts of the range outside.
This water is brought from a lake which itself overflows into a little river.
The tank has three large pillars handsomly carved with figures; these
connect above with certain pipes by which they get water when they
have to irrigate their gardens and rice-fields. In order to make this tank
the said king broke down a hill ... In the tank I saw so many people at
work that there must have been fifteen or twenty thousand men like ants
(i) Name the king associated with the construction of the tank. 1
(ii) How did the water get collected in the tank? 3
(iii) Why do you  think that so many people were engaged the
construction of the tank? 232
(iv) What were the other sources of water for Vijayanagara? 2
(1+3+2+2 = 8)
Cash or kind?
The  Ain on land revenue collection :
Let him (the  amil-guzar) not make it a practice of taking only in cash
but also in kind. The latter is effected in several ways. First,  kankut  :
in the Hindi language  kan signifies grain, and  kut, estimates ... If any
doubts arise, the crops should be cut and estimated in three lots, the good,
the middling, and the inferior, and the hesitation removed. Often, too, the
land taken by appraisement, gives a sufficiently accurate return. Secondly,
batai, also called  bhaoli, the crops are reaped and stacked and divided
by agreement in the presence of the parties. But in this case several
intelligent inspectors are required; otherwise, the evil-minded and false
are given to deception. Thirdly,  khet-batai when they divide the fields
after they are sown. Fourthly,  lang batai , after cutting the grain, they
form it in heaps and divide it among themselves, and each takes his share
home and turns it to profit.
(i) Name the four methods of assessing the land revenue. 2
(ii) What are the two forms of paying the land revenue? 1
(iii) Which of the four methods according to you is best suited for
the farmer and why? 3
(iv) Explain Jama and Hasil. 2
(2+1+3+2 = 8)

21. A ryot petitions
This is an example of a petition from a  ryot of the village of Mirajgaon,
Taluka Karjat, to the Collector, Ahmednagar, Deccan Riots Commission:
The  sowkars  ( sahukars) ... have of late begun to oppress us. As we
cannot earn enough to defray our household expense, we are actually
forced to beg of them to provide us with money, clothes and grain, which
we obtain from them not without great difficulty, nor without their compelling
us to enter into hard conditions in the bond. Moreover, the necessary
clothes and grain are not sold to us at cash rates. The prices asked from
us are generally twenty-five or fifty per cent more than demanded from
customers making ready money payments... The produce of our fields
is also taken by the  sowkars who at the time of removing it assure us
that it will be credited to our account, but they do not actually make any33
mention of it in the accounts. They also refuse to pass us any receipts
for the produce so removed by them.
(i) What were the four grievances of the peasants? 4
(ii) Give  one norm that regulated the relationship between the money
lender and the ryot? 1
(iii) What was the ‘Limitation Law’? How was it manipulated by the
money lender? 1+2
(4+1+1+2) = 8 marks
The Azamgarh Proclamation, 25 August, 1857
This is one of the main sources of our knowledge about what the rebels
wanted :
Section III –  Regarding Public Servants : It is not a secret thing, that
under the British Government, natives employed in the civil and military
services have little respect, low pay, and no manner of influence; and
all the posts of dignity and emolument in both the departments are
exclusively bestowed on Englishmen, ... Therefore, all the natives in the
British service ought to be alive to their religion and interest, and abjuring
their loyalty to the English, side with the Badshahi Government, and obtain
salaries of 200 and 300 rupees a month for the present, and be entitled
to high posts in the future.....
Section IV –  Regarding Artisans. It is evident that the Europeans, by
the introduction of English articles into India, have thrown the weavers,
the cotton dressers, the carpenters, the blacksmiths, and the shoemakers,
etc., out of employ, and have engrossed their occupations, so that every
description of native artisan has been reduced to beggary. But under the
Badshahi Government the native artisans will exclusively be employed
in the service of the kings, the rajahs, and the rich; and this will no doubt
ensure their prosperity. Therefore, these artisans ought to renounce the
English services.
(i) How did the introduction of English articles affect the artisans? 2
(ii) How w ould the conditions of the artisans improve under the
Badshahi Governmnt? 234
(iii) Why were the Public servants dissatisfied with the British
Government? 2
(iv) What did the rebel proclamation repeatedly appeal for? 2
(2+2+2+2 = 8)

Part ‘E’ : Map

22. On an outline map of India, mark and name Agra, Delhi, Lahore,
Ajmer and Panipat. 5
On an outline map of India, mark any  five Buddhits sites.

23. On an outline map of India, five centres of the Indian National
Movement are marked as 1 to 5. Identify and name them. 535

(In lieu of map questions 22 and 23)
Q 22. Name any 5 cities which were under Babur’s rule. 1
Name any five Buddhist sites in India.
Q 23. Name any five centers associated with the National movement. 5