NCERT Solutions for class 6 Social Studies History Chapter 6 New Questions and Ideas

NCERT Solutions for class 6 Social Studies History Chapter 6 New Questions and Ideas

  NCERT Solutions for class 6 Social Studies History Chapter 6 New Questions and Ideas

Let’s recall

Question 1. Describe the ways in which the Buddha tried to spread his message to the people.

Answer:-  1. Buddha delivered his lessons in Prakrit, a language generally spoken by common people, to ensure that everyone could understand his message.

  1. In addition, he advised people to question what he stated rather than just accepting it.
  2. Buddha gave us a good example of how to live simply.
  3. To spread his message to everyone, including those from lower social groups and the common people, Gautam Buddha travelled from place to place.

Question 2. Write whether true or false:

(a) The Buddha encouraged animal sacrifices.

(b) Sarnath is important because it was the place where the Buddha taught for the first time.

(c) The Buddha taught that karma has no effect on our lives.

(d) The Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya.

(e) Upanishadic thinkers believed that the atman and brahman were ultimately one.


  1. False
  2. True
  3. False
  4. True
  5. True

Question 3. What were the questions that Upanishadic thinkers wanted to answer?

Answer:-  The Upanishadic thinkers wanted to find answers to the following questions:

  1. What happens after death?
  2. Is there any life after death?
  3. Why should sacrifices be performed?
  4. Is there something permanent in the Universe which lasts even after death?

Question 4. What were the main teachings of the Mahavira?

Answer:- Mahavira, founder of Jainism, main teachings were:

  1. Non-violence (Ahimsa): Central principle advocating compassion towards all living beings.
  2. Truth (Satya): Emphasis on honesty and sincerity in thoughts, speech, and actions.
  3. Non-possessiveness (Aparigraha): Encouraged detachment from material possessions.
  4. Self-discipline (Brahmacharya): Practicing control over desires and senses.
  5. Non-attachment (Anekantavada): Belief in multiple perspectives, promoting understanding and tolerance.

Let’s discuss

Question 5. Why do you think Anagha’s mother wanted her to know the story of the Buddha?

Answer:- Buddha, was the Wisest ones and had founded Buddhism. Students could find inspiration and motivation in his stories. So Anagha‘s mother wanted her to know his story.

Question 6. Do you think it would have been easy for slaves to join the sangha? Give reasons for your answer.

Answer:- Before joining the Sangha, everyone — with the exception of men — had to obtain their master’s approval. Children had to ask their masters for permission, servants had to ask kings and queens, wives had to ask their husbands, and slaves had to ask their owners.

It wouldn’t have been easy for the slaves to join the sangha because:

  1. There were few or no rights for slaves.
  2. A slave did not necessarily have to have an understanding master.
  3. Since the majority of society relied on slaves to carry out its responsibilities, there was little motivation for masters to grant their slaves permission to join the Sangha.

Let’s do

Question 7. Make a list of at least five ideas and questions mentioned in this lesson. Choose three from the list and discuss why you think they are important even today.

Answer:- The ideas and questions mentioned in the chapter are the following:


  1. Is there a life after death?
  2. Is there something permanent in the Universe which lasts even after death?
  3. What was Buddha trying to teach Kisagotami?
  4. How did the beggar convince sages to share food with them?


  1. One should follow the principle of ahimsa.
  2. Life is full of suffering and unhappiness.
  3. Our actions (‘Karma’) affect us in our current life as well as next life.
  4. One should renounce worldly pleasure in search of the truth.

Question 8. Find out more about men and women who renounce the world today. Where do they live, what kinds of clothes do they wear, what do they eat? Why do they renounce the world?

Answer:- Contemporary individuals who renounce the world, like Jain monks or Buddhist nuns, live in monasteries or secluded communities.

They wear simple robes, often made of cotton, and eat vegetarian meals.

 Renunciation is driven by spiritual pursuits, seeking inner peace and detachment from material desires. This choice reflects a desire to live in harmony with their beliefs, embracing minimalism and detachment, emphasizing the enduring significance of ancient principles in a modern context.