Bece Past Questions & Answers – 2008 (SOCIAL STUDIES)

APRIL 2008

SOCIAL STUDIES 1

OBJECTIVE TEST
45 minutes

1. The primary reason for the arrival of the British to the Gold Coast was to
A. trade in spices
B. trade in gold
C. rule the people
D. evangelize

2. According to oral tradition, the Ga-Adangbe migrated from
A. Eastern Nigeria B. Western Nigeria C. Western Sudan D. Central Sudan

3. The first missionaries to introduce secondary education in Ghana were the
A. Wesleyan B. Catholic C. Basel
D. Breman

4. Which of the following is a duty of a citizen?
A. Joining a religious group
B. Helping the Police financially C. Paying taxes for development D. Giving free medical care

5. The meeting of warm air mass and cold air mass causes
A. cyclonic rainfall
B. relief rainfall
C. torrential rainfall
D. convectional rainfall

6. Peaceful coexistence among the ethnic groups in Ghana is important for
A. population growth
B. increasing government revenue
C. reducing crime in society
D. sustainable development

7. Which of the following was established to find the causes of the 1948 riots?
A. Coussey Committee
B. Justice Annan Committee
C. Watson Committee
D. Bourne Committee

8. The main reason for the transatlantic slave trade was that
A. the trans-Saharan trade had declined
B. trade in gold was no longer profitable
C. Red Indians could not work on plantations
D. cheap labour was needed on American plantations

9. Which of the following is used to teach good morals in a traditional society?
A. Story telling
B. Court music
C. Funeral dirges
D. Talking drums

10. The practice of multiparty democracy in Ghana tends to promote
A. sufficiency
B. ethnicity
C. stability
D. dependency

11. The basic institution that helps an individual to learn the moral values of the society is the
A. media B. family C. church D. school

12. Which of the following cities does not experience the Mediterranean type of climate
A. Accra B. Tunis C. Tripoli
D. Cape Town

13. In Ghana, state-owned enterprises are important because they
A. make a lot of profit
B. employ a majority of the labour force
C. produce all the goods for society
D. provide vital goods and services

14. A set of rules by which a country is governed is referred to as
A. international law

B. bye-laws
C. constitution
D. manifesto

15. Th e human resource of a country refers to the
A. members of parliament only
B. skills of trade unions
C. skills of workers and management
D. members of local councils only

16. The longest latitude is known as the
A. Equator
B. Arctic Circle
C. Tropic of Cancer
D. Tropic of Capricorn

17. Which of the following is a tertiary economic activity
A. Weaving B. Quarrying C. Farming D. Banking

18. Rocks which are formed in layers are called
A. gneiss
B. sedimentary
C. igneous
D. metamorphic

19. Barometer is an instrument for measuring
A. atmospheric pressure
B. temperature
C. wind speed
D. wind direction

20. The main purpose of the Bond of 1844 was to
A. establish British rule
B. resist British rule
C. eliminate ethnic conflict
D. eliminate human sacrifice

21. The efficiency of labour can be increased if one
A. reports to work early
B. has a good supervisor
C. uses appropriate technology
D. works for longer hours

22. Which of the following types of rocks is suitable for road construction?
A. Slate
B. Marble C. Granite D. Quartzite

23. One major cause of poverty in Ghana is
A. low productivity
B. poor health facilities
C. small labour force
D. corruption

24. The last Governor-General left the country when Ghana
A. joined the United Nations B. joined the Commonwealth C. became independent
D. became a republic

25. What type of vegetation is associated with cold deserts?
A. Steppe B. Tundra C. Prairie
D. Coniferous

26. The moon is a satellite of
A. Jupiter B. Mars C. Earth
D. Mercury

27. The District Assemblies perform all the following except to
A. build school blocks
B. build markets
C. maintain feeder roads
D. construct trunk roads

28. Peaceful coexistence among individuals in a society can be promoted through
A. reconciliation B. socialization C. sympathy
D. patriotism

29. Which of the following natural resource is being over-exploited in Ghana?
A. Mineral

B. Water C. Timber D. Sand

30. Kobine is a festival celebrated at
A. Yendi B. Lawra C. Wa
D. Bolgatanga

31. The state supports private businesses because they
A. make a lot of profit
B. organize trade fairs
C. produce essential goods
D. pay taxes for development

32. An individual whose rights have been infringed upon seeks justice from the
A. court
B. police
C. president
D. military

33. The time in Accra on longitude 0° is 8 am. What is the time in Cairo on longitude 30°E ?
A. 9 am B. 10 am C. 11 am
D. 12 noon

34. The Cape Coast castle is a valuable national asset because it promotes
A. trade
B. education
C. tourism
D. civilization

35. The main work of members of parliament under Ghana‟s 1992 Constitution is to
A. draw a manifesto
B. execute laws C. interpret laws D. make laws

36. Ghana cooperates with other nations mainly to
A. ensure her political stability B. develop her national trade C. maintain internal peace
D. maintain international peace

37. Which of the following constitutes human rights abuse?
A. Child labour
B. Sex trade
C. Truancy
D. Favouritism

38. “Positive Action” proposed by Nkrumah in 1949 was a call for
A. hard work and honesty
B. cooperation with the British C. national strike and boycott D. national unity

39. The area with the highest amount of rainfall in Ghana is
A. Cape Coast B. Koforidua C. Kumasi
D. Axim

40. Laws made by the District Assemblies are called
A. bye-laws
B. decrees
C. ordinance
D. bills





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APRIL 2008

SOCIAL STUDIES 1

SOLUTIONS

OBJECTIVE TEST

1. B. trade in gold

2. A. Eastern Nigeria

3. C. Basel

4. C. Paying taxes for development

5. A. cyclonic rainfall

6. D. sustainable development

7. C. Watson Committee

8. D. cheap labour was needed on American plantations

9. A. Story telling

10. C. stability

11. B. family

12. A. Accra

13. D. provide vital goods and services

14. C. constitution

15. C. skills of workers and management

16. A. Equator

17. D. Banking

18. B. sedimentary

19. A. atmospheric pressure

20. D. eliminate human sacrifice

21. C. uses appropriate technology

22.
D.
Quartzite

23.
A.
low productivity

24.
D.
became a republic

25.
A.
Steppe

26.
C.
Earth

27.
D.
construct trunk roads

28.
B.
socialization

29.
C.
Timber

30.
B.
Lawra

31.
D.
pay taxes for development

32.
A.
court

33.
B.
10 am

34.
C.
tourism

35.
D.
make laws

36.
D.
maintain international peace

37.
A.
Child labour

38.
C.
national strike and boycott

39.
D.
Axim

40.
A.
bye-laws