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1. Where did the Swami announce he would go with the pilgrims?

  A) Achhabal

  B) Islamabad

  C) Amarnath

  D) Pahlgam

  Answer: C) Amarnath

2. What was the primary feeling within the little party regarding the Swami’s decision?

  A) Disappointment

  B) Anxiety

  C) Delighted congratulation

  D) Indifference

  Answer: C) Delighted congratulation

3. What did the pilgrims leave behind in the field before dawn?

  A) Trash

  B) Ashes of their cooking-fires

  C) Tents

  D) Nothing

  Answer: B) Ashes of their cooking-fires

4. What did the pilgrims carry with them on their journey?

  A) A guidebook

  B) A map

  C) A bazaar

  D) A flag

  Answer: C) A bazaar

5. Where was the tent of the Tehsildar generally placed?

  A) Near the entrance of the camp

  B) Near some advantageous spot for the evening fire

  C) In the middle of the camp

  D) By the river

  Answer: B) Near some advantageous spot for the evening fire

6. What did the more learned monks talk about with the Swami?

  A) The world about them

  B) Siva

  C) Politics

  D) Foreign cultures

  Answer: B) Siva

7. What did the monks remonstrate with the Swami about?

  A) His attire

  B) His love for Mohammedanism

  C) His silence

  D) His diet

  Answer: B) His love for Mohammedanism

8. Who were the Tehsildar and many officers of the pilgrimage?

  A) Hindus

  B) Foreigners

  C) Mussulmans

  D) Buddhists

  Answer: C) Mussulmans

9. Where did the party catch up with the pilgrimage?

  A) Pahlgam

  B) Pawan

  C) Islamabad

  D) Achhabal

  Answer: B) Pawan

10. What was Pahlgam famous for?

   A) Holy springs

   B) Marketplaces

   C) Shepherds

   D) Temples

   Answer: C) Shepherds

11. Where did the final march begin?

   A) Islamabad

   B) Achhabal

   C) Pahlgam

   D) Pawan

   Answer: C) Pahlgam

12. What type of scenery did the party experience on their way to the cave?

   A) Deserts

   B) Pine-woods and snow-peaks

   C) Urban landscapes

   D) Coastal views

   Answer: B) Pine-woods and snow-peaks

13. Where did the party pitch their tents on the second night?

   A) Beside a frozen river

   B) Near a holy spring

   C) On a grassy knoll

   D) By a mountain stream

   Answer: A) Beside a frozen river

14. What was used for the campfire at greater heights?

   A) Pinewood

   B) Oakwood

   C) Juniper

   D) Maplewood

   Answer: C) Juniper

15. What was the pathway like towards the end of the journey?

   A) Smooth and wide

   B) Rough and narrow goat-paths

   C) Paved and clear

   D) Overgrown and indistinct

   Answer: B) Rough and narrow goat-paths

16. What did the Swami observe upon entering the Cave?

   A) A temple

   B) An altar

   C) The great ice-lingam

   D) A waterfall

   Answer: C) The great ice-lingam

17. What did the Swami receive from Siva according to his belief?

   A) Immortality

   B) Wealth

   C) Knowledge

   D) Strength

   Answer: A) Immortality

18. What were tied on the wrists on the great day of Rakhibandhan?

   A) Silver bracelets

   B) Red and yellow threads

   C) Gold chains

   D) Silk ribbons

   Answer: B) Red and yellow threads

19. What did the Swami feel about the Cave of Amarnath?

   A) It was unimpressive

   B) It was the most beautiful place he had ever been to

   C) It was frightening

   D) It was disappointing

   Answer: B) It was the most beautiful place he had ever been to

20. How did the Swami describe the discovery of the Cave?

   A) By explorers

   B) By accident

   C) By shepherds searching for their flocks

   D) By royal decree

   Answer: C) By shepherds searching for their flocks

21. What did the Swami keep as a cherished memory for the rest of his life?

   A) The scenic views of the mountains

   B) Entering a mountain-cave and meeting the Lord

   C) The companionship of the pilgrims

   D) The journey itself

   Answer: B) Entering a mountain-cave and meeting the Lord

22. What was the Swami’s reaction upon seeing the ice-lingam?

   A) Indifference

   B) Overwhelmed with emotion

   C) Fear

   D) Excitement

   Answer: B) Overwhelmed with emotion

23. How did the Swami’s principles impact his interactions with the monks?

   A) He ignored them

   B) He made practical concessions to express his love for the brethren

   C) He argued aggressively

   D) He avoided discussions

   Answer: B) He made practical concessions to express his love for the brethren

24. What did the Swami do after entering the Cave and prostrating?

   A) Sang hymns

   B) Silently withdrew

   C) Spoke to the pilgrims

   D) Lit a fire

   Answer: B) Silently withdrew

25. What prevented the monks from understanding the Swami’s viewpoint?

   A) Their lack of education

   B) Their other-worldliness

   C) Their indifference

   D) Their arrogance

   Answer: B) Their other-worldliness

26. What event culminates the pilgrimage?

   A) The lighting of a great campfire

   B) The great day of Rakhibandhan

   C) A communal feast

   D) A group prayer

   Answer: B) The great day of Rakhibandhan

27. What did the Swami think of distinctions between Swades and bidesh?

   A) They were important

   B) They were unnecessary

   C) They were clear-cut

   D) They were cultural

   Answer: B) They were unnecessary

28. What was a notable feature of the pilgrimage campsites?

   A) Disorganization

   B) Instinctive organization

   C) Lack of facilities

   D) Permanent structures

   Answer: B) Instinctive organization

29. How did the pilgrims’ campsites appear after they left?

   A) Clean and undisturbed

   B) Littered with trash

   C) Damaged and ruined

   D) Full of leftover tents

   Answer: A) Clean and undisturbed

30. What sentiment did the foreign mind find amusing about the pilgrimage?

   A) The Swami’s interaction with the monks

   B) The lack of objection to Mussulmans entering the Cave

   C) The speed of setting up the camps

   D) The simplicity of the rituals

   Answer: B) The lack of objection to Mussulmans entering the Cave

31. Where did the open-air meal take place when the Swami made his announcement?

  A) Islamabad

  B) Pahlgam

  C) Mogul Gardens at Achhabal

  D) Amarnath

  Answer: C) Mogul Gardens at Achhabal

32. Who did the Swami decide to take with him on the pilgrimage?

  A) His son

  B) His wife

  C) His daughter

  D) His disciple

  Answer: C) His daughter

33. What is Pawan famous for?

   A) Its mountain views

   B) Its markets

   C) Its holy springs

   D) Its historical monuments

   Answer: C) Its holy springs

34. What is Pahlgam referred to as?

   A) The village of the holy springs

   B) The village of the shepherds

   C) The village of the pilgrims

   D) The village of the merchants

   Answer: B) The village of the shepherds

35. Why did the camp halt at Pahlgam for a day?

   A) To rest

   B) To keep ekadasi

   C) To visit a temple

   D) To resupply

   Answer: B) To keep ekadasi

36. How is the ravine at Pahlgam described?

   A) Covered with snow

   B) Filled with lush vegetation

   C) Floored with sandy islands in the pebble-worn bed of a mountain stream

   D) Barren and dry

   Answer: C) Floored with sandy islands in the pebble-worn bed of a mountain stream

37. What type of trees are mentioned as covering the slopes around Pahlgam?

   A) Oak trees

   B) Pine trees

   C) Birch trees

   D) Maple trees

   Answer: B) Pine trees

38. What was seen over the mountain at sunset?

   A) A full moon

   B) The sun setting

   C) The moon, not yet full

   D) A rainbow

   Answer: C) The moon, not yet full

39. To what scenery is Pahlgam compared?

   A) The beaches of the Caribbean

   B) The deserts of Sahara

   C) The scenery of Switzerland or Norway at their gentlest and loveliest

   D) The forests of the Amazon

   Answer: C) The scenery of Switzerland or Norway at their gentlest and loveliest

40. What were the last human dwellings seen at Pahlgam?

   A) A market

   B) A village square

   C) A bridge, a farm house with ploughed fields, and a few saeter-huts

   D) A monastery

   Answer: C) A bridge, a farm house with ploughed fields, and a few saeter-huts

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