UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-5

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    The Sangam literature can be roughly divided into two groups i.e. narrative and didactic. They are respectively called

    A)  8 major works and 8 minor works            

    B)  Tolkkappiyam and Tirukkural

    C)  Silappadikaram and Manimekalai            

    D)  Melkannakku and Kilkanakku

    Correct Answer: D

    Solution :

    [d] Sangam literature were compiled in 300-600 AD. The narrative texts of then were called Melkannakku while the didactic texts were known as Kilkanakku. Melkannakku are also known as 18 major works while Kilkanakku are called as minor works. Tolkkappiyam is other than Sangam text of the period which deals with grammar and poetics while TiruKkural is important Tamil text which deals with philosophy and wise maxims. Silappadikaram and Manimekalai are twin Tamil epics which were composed in 6th century. These two are considered as brightest gem of early Tamil literature.

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