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The only inscribed stone portrait of Emperor Ashoka has been found at
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C
The only inscribed stone portrait of Emperor Ashoka has been found at Kanaganahalli. This is situated near Bhima River in Gulbarg district of Karnataka.

Hence, the option C is correct.

 
2
The highly polished monolithic Ashokan Pillars were carved out of single pieces of a buff-coloured sandstone, usually mined from the quarries of 
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A
Ashokan Pillars : All of the Ashokan pillar or column edicts were made out of sandstone rocks quarried from chunar in the Mirzapur District of Uttar Pradesh. They were chiseled at the quarry and then transported to various places in the country. They were chiseled from massive rock blocks of 1.22 metres (4.0 ft) square and 15.2 metres (50 ft) long, which were extracted from the quarry. They were chiseled as monolith pillars of size between 12.2 metres (40 ft) and 15.2 metres 50.2 metres (50 ft) in length with an average diameter of 0.785 metres (2.58 ft). The pillars were cut, dressed, finely polished to circular columns and carved with edicts before being transported to various locations in the country.

Hence, the optino A is correct.

 
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 The following questions consist of two statements, Statement I and Statement II.

Statement I : There was great exodus of Jaina monks under the leadership of Bhadrabahu to the Deccan following severe famine in the Ganga valley towards the end of Chandragupta’s reign.

Statement II : Chandragupta Maurya joined the Jaina order as a monk.
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A
Both the statements are true and statement II is the correct explanation of statement I, because towards the end of Chandragupta’s reign there was a severe famine and Chandragupta because of jaina and went to Chandragiri Hill, with Bhadra Bahu, where he died by slow starvation.

Hence, the optiion A is correct.

 
4
The following questions consist of two statements, Statement I and Statement II. 

Statement I : Loma Rishi and Sudama caves in the Barabar hills, modelled on wooden architectural prototypes are examples of the earliest cave architecture in India.

Statement II : Barabar hills caves were dedicated by Chandragupta Maurya to Ajivika monks.
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B
Both the statements are true individually, but statement II is not the correct explanation of statement I, because Barabar caves were dedicated by Chandragupta to Ajivika monks, Lomash Rishi and Sudama caves are examples of the earliest cave architecture in India, so statement II does not in any way give explanation for statement I. 

Hence, the option B is correct.

 
5
Which among the following materials were used for minting coins during the rule of the Mauryas?
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B
Silver and copper were used for minting coins during the rule of the Mauryas.

Hence, the option B is correct.