Bece Past Questions & Answers – 2005 (SOCIAL STUDIES)

APRIL 2005

SOCIAL STUDIES

SECTION A OBJECTIVE TEST
45 minutes

1. The Trans-Atlantic slave trade increased in volume because of the
A. opening of more goldmines in South Africa
B. greater use of machines in factories in Europe
C. demand for labour in America and Brazil
D. revolt of the slaves in West Indies

2. Which of the following values ensures peaceful co-existence among ethnic groups in Ghana?
A. Kindness B. Tolerance C. Loyalty
D. Hospitality

3. The Akan originally settled in the basin of River
A. Pra
B. Ankobra
C. Densu
D. Volta

4. A constitutional obligation which ensures peace and harmony in Ghana is for the citizens to
A. arrest criminals
B. pay their taxes
C. attend communal labour
D. be law-abiding

5. The location of an object measured in degrees is known as
A. cardinal point
B. bearing
C. landmark
D. survey beacon

6. Which of the following is an abuse of human rights in Ghana?
A. Assisting the police during investigation
B. Freedom from arrest and detention

C. Pledging young people for money
D. Being a member of a religious group

7. The Mole-Dagbon ethnic group migrated from
A. the northern part of Mauritania
B. the southern part of Mali
C. east of lake Chad
D. west of Senegal

8. Ethnic conflicts must be avoided because they slow down
A. urban to rural migration B. rural to urban migration C. tribal integration
D. economic growth

9. The first castle school opened in Ghana was at
A. Cape Coast
B. Elmina
C. Osu
D. Komenda

10. Which of the following factors encourages rural-urban migration in Ghana?
I. Fewer job opportunities in rural areas
II. Fertile soils in the rural areas
III. High prices of farm produce
IV. Higher educational institutions in urban centres

A. I and II only B. II and III only C. II and IV only D. I and IV only

11. The direction of Yendi from Tamale on map of Ghana is towards the
A. North B. South C. East D. West

12. Which mineral is mined in the basin of River Birim in Ghana?
A. Gold
B. Diamond
C. Bauxite
D. Manganese

13. Ghanaian culture can be made dynamic in the rural areas through

A. non-formal education
B. social interaction C. informal education D. formal education

14. Which of the following are rights of a citizen in Ghana?
I. Protection of one‟s life
II. Payment of taxes
III. Protection of public property
IV. Personal liberty

A. I and II only B. I and III only C. I and IV only D. II and III only

15. At the district level, an assemblyman is equivalent to a
A. minister
B. judge
C. parliamentarian
D. lawyer

16. The poll to determine whether British Togoland should join Ghana or not is known as
A. referendum
B. general election
C. plebiscite
D. electoral college

17. An important town in the Sudan Savanna zone of Ghana is
A. Bawku
B. Kintampo
C. Axim
D. Accra

18. In which of the following highlands is the River Volta gorge located?
A. Kwahu range
B. Mampong range
C. Akwapim-Togo range
D. Gambaga mountain

19. Environmental degradation in Tarkwa and Prestea is mainly due to
A. sand winning
B. illegal mining
C. timber lumbering
D. palm wine tapping

20. A bill passed by parliament becomes law when the President gives his
A. accord
B. veto
C. advice
D. assent

21. A constitution is important for a country because it
A. allows criminals to be detained without trial
B. serves as the basis for good governance
C. is interpreted by the judiciary
D. can be defended by the military

22. One way of raising the per capita income of Ghana is to
A. increase productivity
B. go in for foreign loans
C. import more foreign goods
D. give workers higher salaries

23. A nation is self-reliant when she
A. imports all her basic needs
B. exports larger quantities of cash crops
C. produces most of her basic needs
D. depends wholly on foreign capital

24. Ghana is described as a developing country because she has a high
A. per capita income
B. population growth rate C. level of industrialization D. level of literacy

25. In which of the following combinations of labour and output is productivity highest?
A. Two men producing thirty bags in an hour B. Three men producing forty bags in an hour C. Four men producing fifty bags in an hour D. Five men producing sixty bags in an hour

26. If Nigeria‟s time is one hour ahead of that of Ghana, then Nigeria is
A. 5° west of Ghana B. 10° east of Ghana C. 15° east of Ghana D. 15° west of Ghana

27. The high boundary line which divides the flow of rivers in opposite directions is called
A. gentle slope

B. watershed C. steep slope D. gap

28. The largest delta along the West Coast of Africa is that of the
A. Nile B. Volta C. Densu D. Niger

29. The amount imposed on Ghanaians under the Poll Tax Ordinance was
A. one shilling B. two shilling C. three shilling D. four shilling

30. Which of the following types of vegetation is not found in Ghana?
A. Sudan Savanna B. Guinea Savanna C. Tropical Savanna D. Sahel Savanna

31. All the following locations in Ghana are important for salt mining except
A. Songor Lagoon near Ada
B. Axim in the Western Region
C. Weija in Accra
D. Daboya in the Northern Region

32. So cialization of the child begins
A. at school
B. at home
C. at church
D. with the peer group

33. The 1992 Constitution of Ghana was given public approval through
A. bye election
B. public debate
C. general election
D. referendum

34. Parallel cultures in Ghana are seen in the institution of
A. marriage rites B. puberty rites C. trokosi
D. chieftaincy

35. Which of the following vegetation zones is most suitable for the cultivation of maize?
A. Moist semi-deciduous forest
B. Sudan savanna
C. Guinea savanna
D. Tropical rain forest

36. The rock suitable for the construction of roads is
A. limestone
B. granite C. graphite D. sandstone

37. If a person suspected of being a thief is beaten up by a mob, he is denied the right to
A. speech B. fair trial C. work
D. life

38. The central government supports District Assemblies through
A. market tolls
B. basic rates
C. property rates
D. the common fund

39. Which of the following institutions is most useful in the provision of social amenities in Ghana?
A. The Bank of Ghana
B. Ghana Highway Authority
C. District Assemblies
D. Internal Revenue Service

40. The main function of the executive organ of government is
A. law-making
B. implementation of law
C. interpretation of law
D. impeachment of the President





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APRIL 2005

SOCIAL STUDIES

SOLUTIONS

SECTION A
OBJECTIVE TEST

1. C. demand for labour in America and Brazil

2.
B.
Tolerance

3.
A.
Pra

4.
D.
be law-abiding

5.
B.
bearing

6.
C.
Pledging young people for money

7.
C.
east of lake Chad

8.
D.
economic growth

9.
A.
Cape Coast

10.
D.
I and IV only

11.
C.
East

12.
B.
Diamond

13.
A.
non-formal education

14.
C.
I and IV only

15.
C.
parliamentarian

16.
C.
plebiscite

17.
A.
Bawku

18.
C.
Akwapim-Togo range

19. B. illegal mining

20.
D.
assent

21.
B.
serves as the basis for good governance

22.
A.
increase productivity

23.
C.
produces most of her basic needs

24.
B.
population growth rate

25.
A.
Two men producing thirty bags in an hour

26.
C.
15° east of Ghana

27.
B.
watershed

28.
D.
Niger

29.
A.
one shilling

30.
D.
Sahel Savanna

31.
B.
Axim in the Western Region

32.
B.
at home

33.
D.
referendum

34.
A.
marriage rites

35.
C.
Guinea savanna

36.
D.
sandstone

37.
B.
fair trial

38.
D.
the common fund

39.
C.
District Assemblies

40.
B.
implementation of law