Bece Past Questions & Answers – 2010 (SOCIAL STUDIES)

APRIL 2010


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1. Human activities are generally controlled by
A. technology
B. social environment
C. superstition
D. scientific research

2. The Kakum Forest in Ghana promotes economic development through its
A. supply of firewood
B. supply of timber C. suitable location D. tourist attraction

3. Irresponsible adolescent behaviour usually results in
A. self-reliance
B. loss of dignity C. broken homes D. drug abuse

4. Ethnic groups in Ghana are distinctly identified by their
A. dance
B. music
C. language
D. food

5. The crop types which grow well in the Guinea Savanna are
A. millet and groundnuts
B. cocoa and rice
C. shallots and cassava
D. plantain and cola

6. The health needs of people can be improved by
A. building more schools
B. locating a hospital closer to the people
C. providing good drinking water
D. eating more carbohydrate foods

7. The British colonized parts of the Gold Coast largely through
A. conquest B. persuasion C. bribery
D. invitation

8. The outermost part of the earth is called the
A. core
B. mantle
C. atmosphere
D. crust

9. The Europeans came to the Gold Coast purposely to
A. engage in trading activities
B. spread the gospel C. explore the land D. establish schools

10. The adoption of modern cultural practices enables a society to
A. develop economically
B. lead good moral lives
C. abandon its traditional values
D. respect individual human rights

11. The use of orthodox and traditional medicine for the treatment of the same disease is an example of
A. outmoded culture
B. cultural lag
C. parallel culture
D. cultural change

12. Water bodies on a physical map are represented by
A. blue colour B. green colour C. yellow colour D. brown colour

13. The earth experiences equal day and equal night each year on
A. 21st March and 21st September B. 21st June and 23rd September C. 21st June and 22nd December
D. 22nd March and 22nd December

14. Which of the following is a regional capital in Northern Ghana
A. Navrongo
B. Wa

C. Bawku
D. Yendi

15. Which of the following towns is noted for the production of gold in Ghana?
A. Awaso B. Nsuta C. Prestea
D. Akwatia

16. Free vaccines used for immunization in Ghana are supplied by the
A. International Labour Organization
B. World Health Organization
C. Ministry of Health
D. National Health Insurance Scheme

17. The main effect of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is the reduction of
A. capital resource B. human resource C. natural resource D. mineral resource

18. Governor Gordon Guggisberg is known to have established the
A. Korle-Bu Hospital
B. University of Ghana
C. Mfantsipim School
D. Cocoa Marketing Board

19. The main institution that helps the Executive arm of government to implement its policies is the
A. Civil Service
B. Judicial Service
C. Audit Service
D. Statistical Service

20. The West Coast of Africa is washed by the
A. Pacific Ocean
B. Antarctic Ocean
C. Indian Ocean
D. Atlantic Ocean

21. Private businesses can contribute to the development of the nation by
A. registering their businesses
B. purchasing expensive machines
C. paying their taxes as required
D. producing expensive goods

22. Floods can best be controlled in our communities through
A. construction of boreholes
B. planned layout
C. harvesting of rainwater
D. tarring of roads

23. One effect of colonization is that it made Ghanaians to
A. produce more food crops
B. have one common language
C. be self-reliant economically
D. develop strong taste for foreign goods

24. Gh ana co-operates with other countries to
A. foster friendly relationships
B. increase her level of tax revenue
C. adopt a common code of conduct
D. create more jobs for her citizens

25. The functions of a presiding member of a District Assembly are likened to those of the
A. Clerk of Parliament
B. Chief Justice
C. Speaker of Parliament
D. Appeal Court Judge

26. The world is divided into Northern and Southern Hemispheres by the
A. Tropic of Cancer
B. Tropic of Capricorn
C. Equator
D. Greenwich Meridian

27. Relief rainfall is also known as
A. convectional rainfall
B. frontal rainfall
C. orographic rainfall
D. cyclonic rainfall

28. The Head of State is Ghana from 1957 to 1960 was
A. Kwame Nkrumah B. Queen of Britain C. K. A. Busia
D. Gordon Guggisberg

29. The Supreme Court of Ghana mainly
A. runs courses for Judges and Magistrates
B. remands criminals in prison custody

C. interprets the constitution and laws for the country
D. makes and implements laws in the country

30. Daboya is noted for the mining of
A. salt
B. gold
C. diamond
D. bauxite

31. Which of the following is the best way of conserving Ghana‟s forest cover?
A. Promoting the use of charcoal
B. Vigilance of forest guards
C. Encouraging the replanting of trees
D. Growing more cover crops

32. If a distance of 40 kilometres on land is represented by 10 centimetres on a map, what is the scale of the map?
A. 1 centimetre to 2 kilometres B. 1 centimetre to 4 kilometres C. 1 centimetre to 5 kilometres D. 1 centimetre to 8 kilometres

33. Slaves who were sent to the West Indies worked on
A. coconut plantations B. pineapple plantations C. banana plantations
D. sugar-cane plantations

34. The practice of checks and balances prevents
A. dictatorship B. favouritism C. ethnicity
D. sectionalism

35. Motivation and supervision help in the efficient use of
A. human resources B. national resources C. mineral resources D. capital resources

36. The basic way of promoting savings habit among children is by
A. adopting an insurance policy
B. joining a credit union
C. opening a current account
D. providing money boxes

37. A credit union is an example of a
A. joint stock company B. co-operative society C. partnership
D. public corporation

38. The regular payments which individuals and organizations make to insurance companies are
A. premiums
B. salaries
C. taxes
D. wages

39. Indiscipline is a problem to the Ghanaian society because it
A. reduces productivity
B. destroys the educational system
C. encourages bribery and corruption
D. leads to high birth rate

40. Tourism in Ghana promotes the growth of the
A. film industry B. hotel industry C. textile industry D. health industry


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1. B. social environment

2. D. tourist attraction

3. B. loss of dignity

4. C. language

5. A. millet and groundnuts

6. C. providing good drinking water

7. B. persuasion

8. D. crust

9. C. explore the land

10. A. develop economically

11. C. parallel culture

12. A. blue colour

13. A. 21st March and 21st September

14. B. Wa

15. C. Prestea

16. B. World Health Organization

17. B. human resource

18. A. Korle-Bu Hospital

19. A. Civil Service

20. D. Atlantic Ocean

21. C. paying their taxes as required

planned layout

develop strong taste for foreign goods

foster friendly relationships

Speaker of Parliament


orographic rainfall

Queen of Britain

interprets the constitution and laws for the country


Encouraging the replanting of trees

1 centimetre to 4 kilometres

sugar-cane plantations


human resources

providing money boxes

co-operative society


reduces productivity

hotel industry