WASSCE 2010 Social Studies Past Question Paper One
Laws that are made by civilian governments are usually referred to as
- A: customs.
- B: acts.
- C: decrees.
- D: precedents
An accepted customary practice which has evolved over time is referred to as a
- A: convention.
- B: constitution.
- C: bye-law.
- D: regulations.
Entrenching fundamental human rights in the constitution of a state ensures the
- A: effective control of institutions
- B: Protection of the individual.
- C: independence of the judiciary.
- D: Economic well-being of citizens.
4. Democratic style of leadership results in
- A: prosperity.
- B: friendliness.
- C: creativity.
- D: self-centredness.
Which of the following sectors of the Ghanaian economy employs the largest number of people?
- A: Mining.
- B: Manufacturing
- C: Tourism.
- D: Agriculture.
An essential feature of democratic governance is
- A: rule by decree.
- B: press censorship.
- C: periodic elections.
- D: selection of candidates.
A marriage where the couple lives with the wife’s family is
- A: duolocal.
- B: matrilocal.
- C: neolocal.
- D: patrilocal.
A person who fails to appreciate himself is said to have a poor
- A: self-image.
- B: imagination.
- C: socialization.
- D: educational background.
Which of the following can guide a person to behave properly in a society?
- A: Acquisition of wealth.
- B: Having many children.
- C: Provision of basic necessities of life.
- D: Obeying rules and regulations.
The term culture means the
- A: dress code of a people.
- B: way of life of a people.
- C: social control systems.
- D: way people worship their ancestors
Which of the following is part of the social environment?
- A: religion.
- B: climate.
- C: money.
- D: roads.
The individual can help in promoting community development in the following ways except
- A: paying development levies.
- B: contributing resources for projects.
- C: participating in development projects.
- D: practising a religion.
Labour is said to be skilled when it
- A: acquires more hands for work.
- B: performs its work with longer hours.
- C: has gone through training.
- D: uses more physical than mental ability.
A purchase day book is a book in which
- A: all the goods sold are recorded.
- B: all the cash purchases are recorded.
- C: records of debtors are kept.
- D: records of all goods purchased on credit are kept.
In business the term plough back means to
- A: re-invest profit.
- B: restore profit.
- C: redistribute profit.
- D: float shares.
Which of the following will help preserve our forests?
- A: Encouraging small scale mining.
- B: Keeping sacred groves.
- C: Planting cover crops.
- D: Observing fire festivals.
The most important factor to be considered in community development is
- A: availability of natural resources.
- B: prioritization of problems.
- C: public education.
- D: visionary leadership.
An overdraft is a facility which allows an individual to
- A: keep money in the bank for a long time.
- B: take an amount more than what is in his account.
- C: make payment by cheque.
- D: open more than one account.
The benefit Ghana derives from sustained growth and development is
- A: saving of funds for sustained development.
- B: continued membership in international organization.
- C: improvement in multiparty democracy.
- D: decrease in ethnic tension.
The individual can contribute to national development by
- A: joining a political party.
- B: attaining higher education.
- C: acquiring wealth.
- D: paying taxes.
One problem associated with political independence in Ghana is
- A: misapplication of resources.
- B: religious intolerance.
- C: high rate of illiteracy.
- D: increase in population.
The best way to control drug abuse among the youth in Ghana is through
- A: long term imprisonment of offenders.
- B: education and counselling.
- C: the formation of youth clubs.
- D: the establishment of apprenticeship centres.
The best way Ghana can help reduce poverty is
- A: embarking family planning campaign.
- B: limiting ministerial appointments.
- C: controlling prices of goods and services.
- D: securing foreign loans.
One of the consequences of deviant behaviour in society is
- A: increase in rural-urban migration.
- B: unequal development.
- C: relegation of elders into the background.
- D: breakdown of law and order.
In Ghana, festivals are celebrated to
- A: encourage hard work
- B: earn foreign exchange.
- C: boost trading activities.
- D: initiate development projects.
The best way to improve agriculture productivity in Ghana is to
- A: employ farmers from abroad.
- B: adopt appropriate technical training.
- C: increase the variety of crops.
- D: increase the acreage of farms.
The identification of one’s other self is important because it helps one to know
- A: what others would like one to be
- B: who one is born to be.
- C: who one would like to be.
- D: how others see one.
The body that resolves constitutional disputes in Ghana is the
- A: Council of State.
- B: Supreme Court.
- C: High Court.
- D: Electoral Commission.
The most effective way of preventing bushfires is through the
- A: use of fertilizers.
- B: maintenance of ecological balance.
- C: replanting of trees.
- D: creation of awareness.
Culture is said to be dynamic because it
- A: changes frequently.
- B: is homogeneous.
- C: varies from one society to the other.
- D: must be preserved.
A nation which is rich in natural resources can develop when it has
- A: sufficient money supply.
- B: strong political party in power.
- C: skilled manpower.
- D: expensive machinery.
A major problem facing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is the
- A: poor weather conditions in the sub-region.
- B: absence of a sub-regional high command.
- C: non-payment of dues by member states.
- D: absence of a large market.
Inter-ethnic marriages help to promote
- A: hereditary rites.
- B: conflict resolution.
- C: national integration.
- D: formal education.
Population census is beneficial because it
- A: brings about even development.
- B: enables the government to provide more job opportunities.
- C: provides accurate statistics on the number of people.
- D: helps to make parents more responsible.
Which of the following best describes parenting?
- A: Caring for adopted children.
- B: Ability to maintain a healthy home.
- C: Attaining the age of twenty years and above.
- D: Caring for one’s own children
Productivity measures a worker’s level of
- A: Education.
- B: efficiency.
- C: commitment.
- D: discipline.
The family system which involves both maternal and paternal relatives is described as
- A: clan.
- B: extended.
- C: kinship.
- D: nuclear.
The population of Ghana is described as youthful because majority of the people
- A: fall below ten years of age.
- B: fall below twenty-six years of age.
- C: are above fourteen years of age.
- D: are above sixty-five years of age.
In a joint-stock company, risk is borne by the
- A: brokers.
- B: employees.
- C: shareholders.
- D: board of directors.
In matrilineal inheritance, descent is traced along the line of
- A: father.
- B: uncle.
- C: mother.
- D: sister.
The tendency to consider one’s culture superior to all others is known as
- A: Nationalism.
- B: ethnocentrism.
- C: allegiance.
- D: patriotism.
A gradual reduction in the quality of resources in the environment is referred to as
- A: deforestation.
- B: desertification.
- C: degradation.
- D: exploitation.
The process of production is said to be complete when the goods
- A: are priced.
- B: are packaged.
- C: reach the warehouse.
- D: reach the final consumer.
Which of the following socio-cultural practices is commonly shared by all the ethnic groups in
- A: Chieftaincy.
- B: Puberty rite.
- C: Betrothal.
- D: Female circumcision.
Effective community development is best brought about by
- A: business managers.
- B: the individuals.
- C: country planners.
- D: religious leaders.
An advantage Ghana derives from international co-operation is
- A: ability to raise large financial capital.
- B: enjoyment of internal immunity.
- C: avoidance of taxation on imports.
- D: preferential treatment of all her citizens.
In the traditional Ghanaian society, man’s greatest responsibility is to
- A: receive visitors and relatives.
- B: provide the material needs of the family.
- C: baby-sit when the woman delivers a baby.
- D: undertake the domestic chores of the family.
The provisions of the 1992 constitution that cannot be amended easily are referred to as
- A: bills of rights.
- B: enshrined clauses.
- C: entrenched clauses.
- D: judicial precedence.
Which of the following implies that all persons must obey the laws of the land?
- A: Constitutional rule.
- B: Constitutional rights.
- C: Rule of law.
- D: Fundamental human rights.
The most effective way of increasing production in the public sector of the economy is
- A: extending working hours.
- B: intensifying monitoring systems.
- C: providing more recreational facilities for workers.
- D: employ more workers.
The United Nations Organization (UNO) was formed to replace the
- A: League of Nations.
- B: Commonwealth of Nations.
- C: North Atlantic Treaty organization.
- D: Non-Aligned Movement.
The exchange of goods and services among countries is called
- A: terms of trade.
- B: balance of trade.
- C: international trade.
- D: internal trade.
The principle of self-reliance implies
- A: using only local raw materials.
- B: consuming what is produce locally.
- C: producing what you need.
- D: producing more than is needed.
What a leader requires from his followers in order to achieve success is to
- A: dues for his welfare.
- B: be loyal and co-operative.
- C: avoid criticizing him.
- D: sing to praise him.
An important aim of formal education is
- A: making the individual fit well into the community.
- B: acquiring vocational skills.
- C: acquiring higher academic excellence.
- D: helping the individual well-paid job.
Which of the following is responsible for the low standard of living in Ghana?
- A: High mortality rate.
- B: High dependency ratio.
- C: Inadequate basic education.
- D: Inadequate basic infrastructure.
A resource is classified as renewable when it can be
- A: exploited with less capital.
- B: exported for foreign exchange.
- C: processed into consumer goods.
- D: replenished before it runs outs.
A major goal of Ghana’s development policy is to
- A: seek foreign aid.
- B: raise the standard of living of the people.
- C: enrich politicians.
- D: ensure good governance.
To sustain business organization, the entrepreneur must
- A: join a trade union.
- B: employ more of his family members.
- C: participate regularly in trade fairs.
- D: separate business accounts from personal accounts.
The capabilities, skills and technical knowledge of a country’s population constitute her
- A: human resource.
- B: technical base.
- C: productive force.
- D: capital resource.
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