How did India misunderstand its history

Knowledge test: India

Maharajas, architecture and sacred cows - India is particularly fascinating for Europeans. What do you know about the cradle of Hinduism and Yoga?

The answers to the questions can be found below.

Question 1 of 14
The Taj Mahal is India's most famous structure and one of the modern seven wonders of the world. But what was it built for?

a) As a tomb

b) As a mosque

c) As a summer residence

Question 2 of 14
What is the capital of India called?

a) Calcutta

b) New Delhi

c) Mumbai

Question 3 of 14
Colorful, cheerfully shrill: "Bollywood films". How many films are produced in India annually?

a) approx. 100 films

b) approx. 500 films

c) approx. 1000 films

Question 4 of 14
Which is not a title in India?

a) Mughal

b) Sultan

c) Maharajah

d) Rama

Question 5 of 14
Which of these religions did not originate in India?

a) Buddhism

b) Hinduism

c) Sikhism

d) parsism

Question 6 of 14
Why do devout Hindus bathe in the river Ganges?

a) They believe that the river promotes their fertility.

b) They believe that through the bath they are giving energy to the river that is vital to them.

c) They believe that the goddess Ganga flows with the river and cleanses her.

d) Because only a quarter of Indian households have running water.

Question 7 of 14
Why are cows worshiped in India?

a) Because cows are a symbol of fertility in India.

b) Because Krishna, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, is represented as a cowherd.

c) Because they are indispensable as draft animals in agriculture.

d) Because cattle breeding saved thousands of people from starvation during medieval famines.

Question 8 of 14
India is the second most populous country on earth after China. How many people live here in one square kilometer?

a) about 109

b) about 233

c) about 349

d) about 476

Question 9 of 14
What is the special feature of the famous "Pillar of Kuttub", which employs scientists from all over the world?

a) Although it is made of iron, it does not rust.

b) It is the largest natural magnet in the world.

c) It secretes a liquid that cannot be chemically identified.

d) It is electrically charged.

Question 10 of 14
India is considered a country with a strong online economy. But how many residents are connected to the Internet?

a) about 25 per 1000 inhabitants

b) about 100 per 1000 inhabitants

c) about 300 per 1000 inhabitants

d) about 500 per 1000 inhabitants

Question 11 of 14
How did the Indian government honor human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi?

a) With a larger than life statue

b) With the renaming of the government square to "Gandhi Square"

c) With a national holiday in his honor

d) Not at all

Question 12 of 14
The Indian national team cannot have high hopes for the soccer World Cup in South Africa. The team in popular sport is more successful ...

a) cricket

b) volleyball

c) rugby

d) polo

Question 13 of 14
Most Germans understand the term "curry" to mean the commercially available spice powder and associate it with Indian cuisine. But what do the Indians mean by this?

a) A spicy spread

b) All kinds of meat, fish or vegetable dishes in sauce

c) A stew with chicken

d) A sweet pepper variety

Question 14 of 14
After a long struggle, India regained its independence from the British Empire on August 15th ...

a) 1864

b) 1932

c) 1947

d) 1955

Attention resolution!

Here are the answers to the review:

Question 1 of 14
The Taj Mahal is India's most famous structure and one of the modern seven wonders of the world. But what was it built for?

a) As a tomb ✔️

b) As a mosque ❌

c) As a summer residence ❌

Sha Jahan, the fifth emperor of the Mughal dynasty, had the Taj Mahal built in 1631 in memory of his main wife Mumtaz Mahal. She died giving birth to her 14th child. "Taj Mahal" means something like "crown of the place"

Question 2 of 14
What is the capital of India called?

a) Calcutta ❌

b) New Delhi ✔️

c) Mumbai ❌

New DelhiNew Delhi is the capital of India. The largest city and the largest economic center is Mumbai (Bombay)

Question 3 of 14
Colorful, cheerfully shrill: "Bollywood films". How many films are produced in India annually?

a) approx. 100 films ❌

b) approx. 500 films ❌

c) approx. 1000 films ✔️

1000 filmsBollywood (from "Bombay", where the largest production takes place, and "Hollywood") produces over 1000 films a year - that is even more than the American film industry manages.

Question 4 of 14
Which is not a title in India?

a) Mughal ❌

b) Sultan ❌

c) Maharajah ❌

d) Rama ✔️

Rama is the Thai name for a king. The current Rama has been Bhumibol Adulyadej since June 9, 1946 (and thus the longest-serving head of state in the world). The title does not exist in India.

Question 5 of 14
Which of these religions did not originate in India?

a) Buddhism ❌

b) Hinduism ❌

c) Sikhism ❌

d) Parsism ✔️

Parsism or Zoroastrianism is certainly present in India, but it originated in the former Persia. It was only imported to India.

Question 6 of 14
Why do devout Hindus bathe in the river Ganges?

a) They believe that the river promotes their fertility. ❌

b) They believe that through the bath they are giving energy to the river that is vital to them. ❌

c) They believe that the goddess Ganga flows with the river and cleanses her. ✔️

d) Because only a quarter of Indian households have running water. ❌

They believe that the goddess Ganga flows with the river and purifies her. In most Indian religions, the Ganga, as Indians call the Ganges or its personification as goddess, is sacred. The bath in him is supposed to cleanse of sins and promises absolution.

Question 7 of 14
Why are cows worshiped in India?

a) Because cows are a symbol of fertility in India. ❌

b) Because Krishna, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, is represented as a cowherd. ✔️

c) Because they are indispensable as draft animals in agriculture. ❌

d) Because cattle breeding saved thousands of people from starvation during medieval famines. ❌

Krishna is the most revered incarnation of the god Vishnu. His depictions show him almost exclusively as a cowherd. Without Ghi, the clarified butter for the light and the sacrificial food, and without milk and yoghurt as sacrifices, no Hindu worship takes place.

Question 8 of 14
India is the second most populous country on earth after China. How many people live here in one square kilometer?

a) about 109 ❌

b) about 233 ❌

c) about 349 ✔️

d) about 476 ❌

According to surveys, an average of 349 people live in one square kilometer. In China there are only 137.6 inhabitants, in Germany 229.

Question 9 of 14
What is the special feature of the famous "Pillar of Kuttub", which employs scientists from all over the world?

a) Although it is made of iron, it does not rust. ✔️

b) It is the largest natural magnet in the world. ❌

c) It secretes a liquid that cannot be chemically identified. ❌

d) It is electrically charged. ❌

The column of Kuttub is about seven meters long and weighs six tons. It consists of 98 percent wrought iron and shows no signs of corrosion even after 1,600 years. Experts cite a thin layer of so-called "misawites" - a mixture of iron, oxygen and hydrogen - as the reason. How exactly this came about is still unclear.

Question 10 of 14
India is considered a country with a strong online economy. But how many residents are connected to the Internet?

a) about 25 per 1000 inhabitants ✔️

b) about 100 per 1000 inhabitants ❌

c) about 300 per 1000 inhabitants ❌

d) about 500 per 1000 inhabitants ❌

About 25 per 1000 inhabitants The Internet is currently only accessible to a small minority, especially the affluent population. However, the number of users is increasing rapidly, not least thanks to public access, e.g. in cafés, which are becoming increasingly common. The larger Indian daily newspapers have an online version on the Internet.

Question 11 of 14
How did the Indian government honor human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi?

a) With a larger than life statue ❌

b) With the renaming of the government square to "Gandhi Square" ❌

c) With a national holiday in his honor ✔️

d) Not at all ❌

October 2nd of every year in India is Gandhi Jayanti - the national holiday in honor of Mahatma Gandhi. It is the birthday of the human rights activist.

Question 12 of 14
The Indian national team cannot have high hopes for the soccer World Cup in South Africa. The team in popular sport is more successful ...

a) Cricket ✔️

b) volleyball ❌

c) rugby ❌

d) Polo ❌

As in the rest of the Commonwealth, British cricket is very popular in India. The national team even beats inventor country England on a regular basis.

Question 13 of 14
Most Germans understand the term "curry" to mean the commercially available spice powder and associate it with Indian cuisine. But what do the Indians mean by this?

a) A spicy spread ❌

b) All kinds of meat, fish or vegetable dishes in sauce ✔️

c) A stew with chicken ❌

d) A sweet pepper variety ❌

In India, the term "curry" refers to meat, fish and vegetable dishes in sauce. The spice mixes for the curries are called "Masala". Neither the curry leaves, which are used in Indian cuisine, nor the curry herb can be found in commercially available curry powders.

Question 14 of 14
After a long struggle, India regained its independence from the British Empire on August 15th ...

a) 1864 ❌

b) 1932 ❌

c) 1947 ✔️

d) 1955 ❌

On August 15, 1947, the Mountbattan Plan, named after the then Governor General and Viceroy of India, was implemented. After the great resistance movement against the British, the country was released from the British Empire in two parts (India and Pakistan).