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2. What authorities have we for the Hindu period? 3. Was the distinction of caste contemporary with the primitive faith, or was it of a later and political origin?

4. What were the original castes?

5. What was the nature of the pretensions of the Brahman to superiority?

6. What was the date and nature of the reformation introduced by Sakya Sinha?

7. Who and what was he, and what were his chief innovations?

8. When do we find India first noticed by classical writers?

9. What is the date of Alexander's invasion?

10. Where did he enter India, and by whom was he encountered?

11. Where did Alexander finally halt in India?

12. Did any of the Seleucidan princes of Persia invade India?

13. Did any Greek princes rule in India after these incursions? How many, for how long, and over what extent of territory?

14. Till what date did Buddhism flourish in India? 15. In what countries is it now the prevailing religion?

16. How far is the Hindu period during the earlier centuries of Christianity filled up?

17. What authorities have we for the Mohammedan history of India?

18. Who was Mahmúd of Ghizni? What was his date?

19. How often did he make predatory incursions into India?

20. By whom was India invaded for the purpose of permanent subjugation?

21. What was the date of the battle which decided the struggle, and with what Hindu princes was it fought?

22. Who was the first Mohammedan king of Delhi? What relation did he bear to the victor, and to what race did he belong?

23. Who was the second king, and what were his race and position?

24. What progress was made in the conquest of Hindustan under the first dynasty of kings of Delhi? 25. What were the conquests of Ala-ud-din ?

26. For what is his successor, Firoz, celebrated in India?

27. What was the date of Timur Lang's invasion? 28. By what transaction was it signalised?

29. When and by what means did Baber establish the house of Timur on the throne of Delhi?

30. Who was Baber, and what means have we of knowing his character and adventures?

31. What was the character of Akbar? 32. What were his notions of religion? 33. Who was Akbar's chief minister?

34. What record has he left of Akbar's administration?

35. What was the character of Jahangir, his son? 36. Who was the English ambassador received at his court, and what was the result of the mission?

37. What celebrated edifice was erected at Agra by Shah Jehán, and in whose honour?

38. Who were the four sons of Shah Jehán? Describe their characters, their contest, and the result.

39. What was the character of Aurungzeb?

40. Who was Sivaji, and what new political power did he found?

41. What was the state of the Mogul empire from after the death of Bahadar Shah, 1711, to the accession of his grandson Mohammed Shah, 1718?

42. What two principal subahdars or viceroys made themselves independent in the same reign?

43. Who was the king of Delhi who, having been restored by the Marathas, became a prisoner in the hands of Sindhia until rescued by the English?

44. What are our best authorities for the history of the Christian or European period?

45. What is the earliest notice of a commercial intercourse with India?

46. What was the date of the first voyage to India via the Cape of Good Hope, and by whom effected?

No. 2.

1. Name the principal works of authority for the Hindu portion of the history of India.

2. What vestiges remain of what may be considered as the aboriginal population of India?

3. To what class of the nations of antiquity are the Brahmanical Hindus supposed to belong, and what are the grounds of the classification?

4. Are the Hindus of Hindustan and the Dakhin of the same stem?

5. In what part of India did the Brahmanical Hindus first settle?

6. What degree of civilisation had they attained some fourteen or fifteen centuries B.C.?

7. What are the primary distinctions of caste, and their several duties?

8. Was the classification contemporary with the earliest condition of the Hindu community, or was it of later introduction?

9. What is the present state of the Hindu population with respect to caste?

10. What were the leading objects of Buddhism, and when and by whom was it introduced?

11. When did it disappear from India, and why? 12. What is its present state?

13. To what works are we chiefly indebted for our knowledge of the history and doctrines of Buddhism?

14. What classical (Greek or Latin) authors have preserved any account of India prior to the Christian era ?

15. What is the date of Alexander's invasion?

16. How far did he penetrate, and by what route did he return?

17. How long did Greek princes exercise sovereignty in India, and in what parts of it? Mention some of the most celebrated.

18. With which of the Seleucidan kings of Persia

was a friendly intercourse with India maintained, and by whom and to whom was Megasthenes sent ambassador?

19. What means have we of knowing anything of the political condition of India from the time of Alexander to that of the first Mohammedan invasion, and what does it appear to have been?

20. When and where did the Mohammedans make their first appearance in India?

21. Did they then effect any permanent establishment?

22. Who was Mahmud of Ghizni?

23. How often did he make incursions into India? 24. What is the truth of his reported treatment of the idol of Somnath?

25. Under what prince and at what date did the Mohammedans first take firm footing in India?

26. The name, nation, and original station of the first Mohammedan king of Delhi.

27. What were the several dynasties of the Mohammedan kings of Delhi until the coming of the Moguls?

28. By whom were the arms of the Mohammedans carried first into the Dakhin?

29. Mention some of the tyrannical acts of Mohammed Toghlak?

30. In whose reign and at what date was India invaded by Timur Lang?

31. What act of barbarity signalised his incursion? 32. What was Baber's descent, and by what means did he become possessed of the sovereignty of Hindustan ?

33. Humayun was driven from India, and remained absent fifteen years. Where and how did he chiefly spend the interval?

34. Who were the kings of Delhi during that period? 35. What independant Mohammedan principalities in the Dakhin flourished at the time of Humayun's restoration, and what was their origin?

36. What powerful Hindu principality in the south

was contemporaneous with them, and when was it subverted?

37. What were the most remarkable features of Akbar's character and policy?

38. Who was his financial minister, and what were his chief revenue arrangements?

39. Name the sons of Shah Jahan, with notices of their characters and their fate.

40. What was the great object of Aurungzeb's military policy, and with what success was it attended? 41. Who was Sivaji?

42. What are the standard authorities for the history of Mohammedan India?

43. When did the Portuguese sail round the Cape of Good Hope and reach India?

44. Where did they establish themselves, and how long did they maintain political ascendancy?

45. What were the principal causes of their decline? 46. From whom and under what circumstances did the English obtain permission to form commercial factories?

47. How came the Company possessed of the lands on which the fort and town of Madras were erected?

48. How came they possessed of the lands subsequently forming the town of Calcutta and adjacent districts?

c. Universal History.

No. 1.

1. Who were the contending parties in the following battles:-Marathon, Cannæ, Ilerda, Granicus, Charonea, Pavia, Vittoria, Marengo, Borodino, Megiddo?

Describe minutely the circumstances and results of any three of them.

2. Mention any famous person or events connected with Alexandria, Troyes, Campo Formio, St. Jean d'Acre, Seringapatam, Toulon, Quebec, Elba, Issus.

3. Sketch briefly the lives and characters of Pericles, Scipio Africanus the elder, Philip of Macedon, the Black Prince, Gustavus Adolphus.

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