British History CSS Paper II 2003




NOTE: Attempt five questions in all, including question no. 8 which is compulsory. All questions carry equal marks.

1. Do you agree with the view that “the Crimean War was the only perfectly useless modern war that has been ever waged”? (Sir Robert Marier)
2. “He (Mr. Palmerston) was a conservative at home and a revolutionary abroad”. Elucidate these remarks.

3. Discuss the rise of Labour Party in Britain and point out the achievement of this party.

4. Explain carefully Gladstone’s policy “Killing Home Rule by Kindness”. Did he succeed in this display?

5. How did, Britain gain by “Salisbury’s policy of prudent bargain and Constant Concession”?

6. Give the causes of the Great War (1914-1918). Was the war inevitable?

7. Write notes on TWO of the following:
(a) Write what you know of the SINN FEIN Movement.
(b) Give an account of the Shrinkage of Turkey.
(c) Why is Edward VII spoken of as the Peacemaker?
8. Write only the correct answers in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(1) Prince Concert’s real name was
(a) Prince Albert
(b) Prince William
(c) Prince Charles
(d) None of these

(2) Sir Robert Peel died in
(a) 1850
(b) 1860
(c) 1855
(d) None of these

(3) Disestablishment of the Irish Church by Gladstone took place in:
(a) 1859
(b) 1869
(c) 1879
(d) None of these

(4) Zulus defeated the English in 1879 at:
(a) Ulundi
(b) Isandlwana
(c) Transvaal
(d) None of these

(5) The Reform Bill of 1867 was called “a Conservative Surrender” by:
(a) Randolph Churchill
(b) Salisbury
(c) Ashbourne
(d) None of these

(6) Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was established in:
(a) 1877
(b) 1885
(c) 1897
(d) None of these

(7) Disraeli’s maiden speech in the House of Commons was:
(a) Failure
(b) Successful
(c) Normal
(d) None of these

(8) The Secret Ballot Act was introduced in England in:
(a) 1862
(b) 1867
(c) 1875
(d) None of these

(9) Who was Prime Minister of England from 1880 – 1885?
(a) Disraeli
(b) Gladstone
(c) Lord Derby
(d) None of these

(10) Archduke Francis Ferdinand was murdered at:
(a) Bulgaria
(b) Serbia
(c) Sarajevo
(d) None of these

(11) Ferdinand De Lesseps, a French Engineer, completed the Suez canal in:
(a) 1865
(b) 1867
(c) 1869
(d) None of these

(12) Miss Florence Nightingale worked as a Nurse at the Army Hospital of:
(a) Verna
(b) Slistria
(c) Scutri
(d) None of these

(13) Mahdi Sudani defeated the forces of General Gordon and Khedive of Egypt at:
(a) Dingola
(b) Khartum
(c) Omdurman
(d) None of these

(14) Partition of Palestine and emergence of Israeli State took place in:
(a) 1945
(b) 1947
(c) 1948
(d) None of these

(15) King Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 over the question of his marriage with:
(a) Lady Margaret
(b) Lady Simpson
(c) Lady Macdonald
(d) None of these

(16) De Valera came into power in Ireland in:
(a) 1929
(b) 1930
(c) 1932
(d) None of these

(17) Communal Award for India was announced by the British Government in:
(a) 1930
(b) 1930
(c) 1930
(d) None of these

(18) Who succeeded Gladstone when he resigned in 1894:
(a) Sir William Harcourt
(b) Balfour
(c) Lord Rosebery
(d) None of these

(19) The Charge of the Light Brigade was immortalized by the Poet:
(a) Shelley
(b) Tennyson
(c) Wordsworth
(d) None of these

(20) Neutrality of Belgium (guaranteed by the European Powers) was violated by:
(a) England
(b) Germany
(c) U.S.A.
(d) None of these


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