WASSCE 2010 Social Studies Past Question Paper One

1

Laws that are made by civilian governments are usually referred to as

  • A: customs.
  • B: acts.
  • C: decrees.
  • D: precedents
2

An accepted customary practice which has evolved over time is referred to as a

  • A: convention.
  • B: constitution.
  • C: bye-law.
  • D: regulations.
3

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

4. Democratic style of leadership results in

  • A: prosperity.
  • B: friendliness.
  • C: creativity.
  • D: self-centredness.
5

Which of the following sectors of the Ghanaian economy employs the largest number of people?

  • A: Mining.
  • B: Manufacturing
  • C: Tourism.
  • D: Agriculture.
6

An essential feature of democratic governance is

  • A: rule by decree.
  • B: press censorship.
  • C: periodic elections.
  • D: selection of candidates.
7

A marriage where the couple lives with the wife’s family is

  • A: duolocal.
  • B: matrilocal.
  • C: neolocal.
  • D: patrilocal.
8

A person who fails to appreciate himself is said to have a poor

  • A: self-image.
  • B: imagination.
  • C: socialization.
  • D: educational background.
9

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.
10

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
11

Which of the following is part of the social environment?

  • A: religion.
  • B: climate.
  • C: money.
  • D: roads.
12

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.
13

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.
14

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.
15

In business the term plough back means to

  • A: re-invest profit.
  • B: restore profit.
  • C: redistribute profit.
  • D: float shares.
16

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.
17

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.
18

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.
19

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.
20

The individual can contribute to national development by

  • A: joining a political party.
  • B: attaining higher education.
  • C: acquiring wealth.
  • D: paying taxes.
21

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.
22

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.
23

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.
24

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.
25

In Ghana, festivals are celebrated to

  • A: encourage hard work
  • B: earn foreign exchange.
  • C: boost trading activities.
  • D: initiate development projects.
26

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.
27

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.
28

The body that resolves constitutional disputes in Ghana is the

  • A: Council of State.
  • B: Supreme Court.
  • C: High Court.
  • D: Electoral Commission.
29

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.
30

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.
31

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.
32

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.
33

Inter-ethnic marriages help to promote

  • A: hereditary rites.
  • B: conflict resolution.
  • C: national integration.
  • D: formal education.
34

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.
35

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
36

Productivity measures a worker’s level of

  • A: Education.
  • B: efficiency.
  • C: commitment.
  • D: discipline.
37

The family system which involves both maternal and paternal relatives is described as

  • A: clan.
  • B: extended.
  • C: kinship.
  • D: nuclear.
38

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.
39

In a joint-stock company, risk is borne by the

  • A: brokers.
  • B: employees.
  • C: shareholders.
  • D: board of directors.
40

In matrilineal inheritance, descent is traced along the line of

  • A: father.
  • B: uncle.
  • C: mother.
  • D: sister.
41

The tendency to consider one’s culture superior to all others is known as

  • A: Nationalism.
  • B: ethnocentrism.
  • C: allegiance.
  • D: patriotism.
42

A gradual reduction in the quality of resources in the environment is referred to as

  • A: deforestation.
  • B: desertification.
  • C: degradation.
  • D: exploitation.
43

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.
44

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.
45

Effective community development is best brought about by

  • A: business managers.
  • B: the individuals.
  • C: country planners.
  • D: religious leaders.
46

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.
47

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.
48

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.
49

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.
50

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.
51

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.
52

The exchange of goods and services among countries is called

  • A: terms of trade.
  • B: balance of trade.
  • C: international trade.
  • D: internal trade.
53

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.
54

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.
55

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.
56

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.
57

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.
58

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.
59

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.
60

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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