36 Multiple Choice Questions MCQ on Clothing in Medieval Times – Answered

1. Modifications in clothing reflect

(a) grace and beauty

(b) ideas of modesty


(c) ideas of shame

(d) change in societies

2. Before 18th century dresses were not regulated by

(a) social hierarchy


(b) regional codes

(c) democratic values

(d) gender

3. Factor in change in clothes after 18th century was


(a) decolonisation

(b) notions of identity

(c) fashions

(d) industrialisation


4. Laws related to dress codes

(a) Caste laws

(b) Feudal privileges

(c) Livres


(d) Sumptuary

5. Among the materials prescribed for royalty:

(a) Ermine and brocade

(b) Flax and linen


(c) Chintzes

(d) Muslin

6. San culottes meant

(a) loose clothes

(b) without knee breeches

(c) comfortable clothes

(d) tunics

7. Ideas of simplicity in clothing reflected

(a) equality

(b) liberty

(c) fraternity

(d) social inferiors

8. Colour of the cap of Liberty worn by French revolutionaries was

(a) red

(b) green

(c) white

(d) yellow

9. Victorian image of a frail woman was created by

(a) corsets

(b) stays

(c) short hair

(d) short skirts

10. Stays did not

(a) restrict body growth

(b) hamper blood circulation

(c) weaken spine

(d) help girls body to grow

11. Traditional feminine clothes were

(a) long and voluminous

(b) short and elegant

(c) long and graceful

(d) dull and languid

12. Conservatives opposed dress reforms on the ground

(a) women looked more beautiful

(b) vulgarity

(c) grace

(d) lost their femininity

13. The Rational Dress Society was started in

(a) France (1881)

(b) USA (1881)

(c) Britain (1881)

(d) India (1881)

14. The National Women’s Suffrage Association was headed by

(a) Mrs Stanton

(b) Lucy Stone

(c) Amelia Bloomer

(d) Elizabeth II

15. Bloomers were

(a) knickers

(b) trousers

(c) tunics

(d) short skirts

16. Radical changes in women’s clothing were enabled by

(a) New times

(b) Women’s movements

(c) World Wars

(d) Industrial Revolution

17. Which of the following was not a pressure for change?

(a) New materials

(b) World Wars

(c) New values

(d) Decolonisation

18. Which of the following was not a change brought about in women’s dress as a result of the World Wars?

(a) Skirts and hair became shorter

(b) Women stopped wearing jewellery

(c) Bright colours came into vogue

(d) Clothes became plainer and simpler

19. Plain and austere style in clothes reflected

(a) simplicity

(b) practicability

(c) mobility

(d) professionalism

20. In India factor in change in male and female clothing was

(a) western ideas of equality

(b) western dress form

(c) indigenous traditions

(d) national culture

21. The first community to incorporate western styles in dress form in India were

(a) Muslims

(b) Dalits

(c) Parsis

(d) Hindus

22. Which among the following Indian population were the first to adopt western styles?

(a) Men

(b) Women

(c) Children

(d) Bengalis

23. In India dress codes were regulated by

(a) economic status

(b) wearing shoes

(c) education

(d) wearing gold ornaments

24. The Shanars were attacked by Nairs for

(a) using umbrellas

(b) caste rules

(c) wearing upper cloth

(d) occupation

25. Which of the following two items created misunderstanding among the British and Indians?

(a) Turban and hat

(b) Turban and shoes

(c) Khadi and mill made cloth

(d) Wearing and taking off of shoes

26. Who among the following defied ‘shoe respect’ rule?

(a) Lord Dalhousie

(b) Governor General Amherst

(c) Manockjee Cowasjee Entee

(d) Mahatma Gandhi

27. Which Indian dress symbolises the synthesis of Hindu-Muslim dress form?

(a) Brahmika sari

(b) Chapkan

(c) Nehru jacket

(d) Gandhi’s cap

28. The Chapkan combines the best elements of

(a) Hindu-Muslim dress form

(b) Nehru-Gandhi dress form

(c) Indian and European dress form

(d) Hindu and European form

29. Mark the family which played a significant role in the search for a national dress

(a) Tagores

(b) Nehru’s

(c) Gandhi family

(d) Patel family

30. The sari designed by Jnanadanandini Devi came to be popularly known as

(a) Brahmika

(b) Kota

(c) Chanderi

(d) Kanjeevaram

31. Among which of the following did the pan-Indian style of sari not succeed?

(a) Women of Assam

(b) Women of Maharashtra

(c) Women of Uttar Pradesh

(d) Non-Brahmos

32. Movement linked to the politics of clothing

(a) Non-cooperation

(b) Civil Disobedience

(c) Quit India

(d) Swadeshi

33. Who among the following used cloth as a symbolic weapon against the British rule?

(a) M.K. Gandhi

(b) Gopal Gandhi

(c) Indira Gandhi

(d) Lord Curzon

34. As lawyer in Johannesburg Mahatma Gandhi dressed in

(a) Gujarati dhoti and kurta

(b) Khadi shirt and pyjama

(c) Western suits topped with turban

(d) Three piece suit

35. Khadi to Mahatma Gandhi was a symbol of

(a) poverty

(b) Indian ascetic

(c) Indian culture and traditions

(d) purity, simplicity and of poverty

36. Who among the following did not adopt khadi?

(a) Sarojini Naidu

(b) Jawaharlal Nehru

(c) Sardar Patel

(d) Atal Behari Vajpayee


1. (d) 2. (c) 3. (d) 4. (d) 5. (a)

6. (b) 7. (a) 8. (a) 9. (a) 10. (d)

11. (a) 12. (d) 13. (c) 14. (a) 15. (b)

16. (c) 17. (d) 18. (c) 19. (d) 20. (b)

21. (c) 22. (a) 23. (b) 24. (c) 25. (b)

26. (c) 27. (b) 28. (a) 29. (a) 30. (a)

31. (a) 32. (d) 33. (a) 34. (c) 35. (d)

36. (a).