Print Culture and The Modern World: MCQs Objective Questions from CBSE Exams

MCQs and Objective Questions are asked in CBSE Class 10 Board Exams. Some questions are given with options and some are asked objectively leaving you to write answers. Here are given such questions as asked in previous past years’ CBSE Board exams. These questions would help students prepare well for their exams.

MCQs & Objective Questions Asked in CBSE Exams

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) – 1 mark

1. Which one of the following was NOT the reason forth popularity of scientific ideas among the common people in eighteenth century Europe? [CBSE OD, Set 1, 2020]
(a) Printing of idea of Isaac Newton
(b) Development of printing press
(c) Interest of people in science and reason
(d) Traditional aristocratic groups supported it.

Ans. (d)

2. Fill in the blank. [CBSE Delhi, Set 1, 2020]
Buddhist missionaries from China introduced hand-printing technology into _______ around AD 768-770.
By 1448, Gutenberg perfected the system of printing first book he printed was the________.

Ans. Japan OR Bible.

3. Why was reading of manuscript not easy in India? Choose the appropriate reason from the following options: : [CBSE Delhi, Set 1, 2020, 16]
(a) Manuscripts were highly cheap.
(b) Manuscripts were widely spread out.
(c) Manuscripts were written in English and Hindi.
(d) Manuscripts were fragile.

Ans. (d)

4. Who were called ‘Chapmen?’ [CBSE Delhi, Set 1, 2020]
(a) Book seller
(b) Paper seller
(c) Workers of printing press
(d) Seller of ‘penny chap books.’

Ans. (d

5. Who among the following published ‘Punjab Kesari’? [CBSE Delhi, Set 2, 2020]
(a) Balgangadhar Tilak
(b) Mahatma Gandhi
(c) Bhagat Singh
(d) B.R Ambedkar

Ans. (a)

6. Which one of the following was published by Raja Ram Mohan Roy? [CBSE Delhi, Set 3, 2020]
(a) Sambad Kaumudi
(b) Shamsul Akhbar
(c) Punjab Kesari
(d) Chandrika

In early nineteenth century ‘Shamsul Akhbar’ as written in which one of the following languages? [CBSE 2019, 12]
(a) Urdu
(b) Persian
(c) Arabic
(d) Swahili

Ans. (b) Persian (N0te: Two Persian newspapers- Jam-i-Jahan Nama and Shamsul Akhbar were published in 1822.)

Which one of the following was the oldest Japanese book printed in 868 AD? [CBSE 2019, 15]
(a) Bible
(b) Diamond Sutra
(c) Kokoro
(d) Kojiki

Ans. (b) Diamond Sutra

Which of the following newspapers was started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak? [CBSE 2012]
(a) Kesari
(b) Jansatta
(c) Statesman
(d) Amrita Bazar Patrika

Ans. (a) Kesari

Who brought in the first printing press to India? [CBSE 2016]
(a) Portuguese Missionaries
(b) Catholic Priests
(c) Dutch Protestants
(d) East India Company

Ans. (a) Portuguese Missionaries

Q. Who wrote Ninety-five Theses? (Term-I 2012)
(a) Martin Luther
(b) Johann Gutenberg
(c) Charles Dickens
(d) Louise Sebastian Mercier

Ans. (a) Martin Luther King

Objective Questions – 1 mark

  1. Why was the Vernacular Press Act passed in 1878? [CBSE Delhi, Set 1, 2020]
  2. Why was ‘Gulamgiri’ book written by Jyotiba Phule in 1871 ? [CBSE 2020]
  3. Who invented the printing press? [CBSE 2020, 14]
  4. Who brought the knowledge of woodblock printing technique to Italy during the 13th century? [CBSE 2020, 19]
  5. Name the author of Amar Jiban? [CBSE 2020, 19]
  6. Why did Martin Luther say that ‘Printing is the ultimate gift of God and the greatest one’ ? [CBSE 2019]
  7. Who introduced hand-printing technology in Japan? [CBSE 2019, 14]
  8. Why did the Roman Catholic Church impose control over publishers and booksellers? [CBSE 2018]
  9. Which place had the breakthrough of first printing press? [CBSE 2016]
  10. Mention the technique adopted to educate white collar workers in Europe during the 19th century. [CBSE 2016]
  11. Mention any one technique of preserving the manuscript of India. [CBSE 2016]
  12. Who brought the print culture to Japan? [CBSE 2016]
  13. Who was Menocchio?
  14. Who wrote Chhote aur Bade ka Sawal? When was it published? [CBSE 2015]
  15. Name the Chinese traditional book, which was folded and stitched at the side. [CBSE 2015]
  16. Mention any one characteristic feature of the off-set press. [CBSE 2015]
  17. Name the first edition of the Indian religious text published in vernacular. [CBSE 2014]
  18. Name the oldest Japanese book. [CBSE 2014]
  19. Explain the meaning of the term “calligraphy”? [CBSE 2014, 12]
  20. How did governor general William Bentinck react to the petition filed by editors of English and Vernacular newspapers? [CBSE 2014]
  21. Wooden or metal frames in which types are laid and the text composed for printing was known as? [CBSE 2013]
  22. Why was the Vernacular Press Act passed in 1878? [CBSE 2013]
  23. Who were the Ulamas? [CBSE 2014]


  1. The Vernacular Press Act was passed in 1878 to restrict vernacular newspapers to publish any material that might excite feelings of dissatisfaction against the British government.
  2. Jyotiba Phule wrote Gulamgiri to draw a parallel between the struggles of American slaves and the oppression faced by lower castes in India. Through Gulamgiri, Phule highlighted the societal inequalities and discrimination that were prevalent in India during his time.
  3. Johann Gutenberg
  4. Marco Polo
  5. Rashsundari Debi
  6. According to Martin Luther, the advent of printing technology fostered a fresh intellectual climate and facilitated the dissemination of novel concepts, which ultimately culminated in the religious Reformation.
  7. Buddhist missionaries.
  8. The Roman Catholic Church troubled by effects of popular readings and questionings of faith, imposed severe controls over publishers and booksellers.
  9. The breakthrough of first printing press took place in Strasbourg in Germany.
  10. It was the technique of lending libraries to educate white collar workers in Europe during the 19th century.
  11. These were preserved by pressing between the wooden covers or sewn together.
  12. The print culture was brought to Japan by the Buddhist Missionaries from China.
  13. Menocchio was a miller of 16th century in Italy. He reinterpreted the message of the Bible and formulated a view of God and creation that enraged the Catholic Church.
  14. Kashibaba, a mill worker from Kanpur
  15. The traditional ‘Accordion Book’ of China was folded and stitched at the side because both the sides of the thin, porous sheets could not be printed.
  16. The offset press was able to print upto 6 colours at a time.
  17. Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas was the first edition of the Indian religious text published in vernacular.
  18. The Buddhist Diamond Sutra was the oldest Japanese book.
  19. Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments.
  20. Governor-General Bentinck agreed to revise press laws after 1835.
  21. Galley
  22. The Vernacular Act was passed to prevent criticism of British government by the vernacular language newspapers
  23. They were the legal scholars of Islam and law of Sharia.

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