Terms and Questions

Early Vedas


1.      Indra and Vrtra

2.      Purusha Sukta

3.      Shruti

4.      Veda

5.      Four Samhitas



1.      Describe three creation myths in the early Vedas and how they can be interpreted?

2.      What is the significance of the sacrifice in the early and late Vedas?

3.      How do the Samhitas relate to the rituals of the Brahmins?

4.      Compare the creations narratives (studied in class); how do they overlap or differ in their central concerns and functions?

All quizzes and exams can draw on your knowledge of the timeline (as given on the website for The Story of India and in class), your ability to pinpoint all relevant geographical locations on the map, and your recognition and basic understanding of primary texts studied in class.