Social Studies BECE 2012

APRIL 2012
45 minutes

1. Indiscipline is a problem in the Ghanaian society because it

A. reduces productivity
B. destroys the educational system
C. leads to high birth rate
D. encourages bribery and corruption

2. Which of the following is a primary activity?

A. Plywood processing
B. Fruit canning
C. Cocoa cultivation
D. Textile production

3. The Akans are believed to have migrated from

A. Old Ghana Empire
B. The Chad basin
C. Benin Republic
D. Ile Ife

4. The most important symbol which identifies Ghana as an independent state is the

A. Speaker’s Mace
B. National Flag
C. State Sword
D. Coat-of-arms

5. Which of the following diseases is caused by pollution of water bodies?

A. River blindness
B. Asthma
C. Cholera
D. Hepatitis B

6. A day is either gained or lost when one moves across longitude

A. 180°
B. 24° E
C. 15° W
D. 0°

7. The most cherished value expected of an adolescent in the Ghanaian society is

A. hospitality
B. patience
C. generosity
D. chastity

8. Which of the following cultural practices is a drawback to development in the Ghanaian society?

A. Celebration of festivals
B. Naming and outdooring ceremonies
C. Belief in the activities of demons
D. Performing puberty rites

9. The symbol on topographic maps represents

A. settlements
B. farmlands
C. marshy areas
D. areas liable to flood

10. On a relief map, the colour brown usually represents

A. plains
B. mountains
C. water bodies
D. lowlands

11. An extensive area of lowland is called a

A. ridge
B. valley
C. plain
D. plateau

12. Which of the following vegetation types is not found in Ghana?

A. Sahel woodland
B. Guinea savanna
C. Mangrove forest
D. Tropical rain forest

13. The main type of vegetation found in the south-western part of Ghana is the

A. rain forest
B. coastal grassland
C. guinea savanna
D. mangrove forest

14. Lunar eclipse occurs when the

A. sun comes between the earth and the moon
B. moon comes between the sun and the earth
C. earth comes between the sun and the moon
D. earth rotates on its axis from West to East.

15. The type of rainfall formed by the meeting of two air masses of different temperatures is

A. relief
B. frontal
C. convectional
D. orographic

16. Which of the following continents is uninhabited?

A. Asia
B. Antarctica
C. Australia
D. Europe

17. One problem created in the rural areas as a result of rural-urban drift is

A. increase in streetism
B. creation of slums
C. environmental degradation
D. increased incidence of broken homes

18. Which of the following factors may cause rural-urban drift?

A. Better employment opportunities in the urban areas
B. Better health facilities in the rural areas
C. Even distribution of social amenities in the country
D. Absence of recreational facilities in the urban areas

19. Asante was colonized by the British through

A. agreement
B. force
C. persuasion
D. plebiscite

20. Right to life means

A. living forever
B. living without interference
C. acquiring wealth
D. sustaining the family line

21. Independence of the judiciary implies that judges

A. should get everything free
B. should not pay taxes
C. can do whatever they like
D. should be free from political interference

22. One major cause of conflicts in the Ghanaian society is

A. the development of slums in the cities
B. inadequate number of law enforcement agents
C. the encouragement of inter-ethnic marriages
D. unacceptable way of choosing leaders

23. The international organization formed to maintain world peace after the Second World War is known as

A. The League of Nations
B. United Nations Organisation
C. Commonwealth of Nations
D. Non-aligned Movement

24. After independence, Ghana automatically became a member of the

A. African Union
B. League of Nations
C. Commonwealth of Nations
D. Non-Aligned Movement

25. The executive arm of government comprises of the President, the Cabinet and

A. Civil servants
B. Lawyers
C. the Speaker
D. the Chief Justice

26. One way of preventing ethnic conflict in Ghana is through

A. payment of compensation
B. creation of jobs
C. celebration of festivals
D. tolerance and dialogue

27. Family planning is beneficial to Ghanaians because it

A. helps in giving respect and honour to fathers
B. increase life expectancy of children
C. helps restore the health of mothers
D. brings about equitable distribution of income

28. Labour can be productively increased through

A. moral education in society
B. training and retraining
C. extension of working hours
D. people doing sacrificial work

29. One traditional way of preserving fish in Ghana is

A. canning
B. freezing
C. salting
D. boiling

30. One factor responsible for the low rate of economic development in Ghana is

A. misappropriation of state resources
B. misuse of individual resources
C. increase of taxes on industries
D. slow rate of population growth

31. Which of the following means of saving ensures continuity of firms after suffering losses?

A. Treasury bill
B. Insurance
C. Company shares
D. Government bonds

32. Travelling to see and enjoy facilities and sceneries in other places is referred to as

A. leisure
B. tourism
C. pleasure
D. entertainment

33. Workers in Ghana are required by law to contribute towards their future upkeep through

A. Company shares
B. Treasury bills
C. Government bonds
D. Social Security schemes

34. A constitution may be defined as the

A. bye-laws of a country
B. decrees of a country
C. customary laws of a country
D. highest law of a country

35. An advantage of a good layout for settlement is that

A. it reduces overcrowding of families
B. it promotes trading and church activities
C. it makes the inhabitants very rich
D. modern houses and schools are built

36. One responsibility of the Ghanaian citizen is to

A. protect the police
B. pay taxes
C. work and earn a living
D. worship freely

37. In order to protect one’s rights, a citizen should be

A. a law student
B. a youth leader
C. educated on them
D. an observer at court sittings

38. Which of the following personalities was a member of the United Gold Coast Convention?

A. Kojo Botsio
B. J.B. Danquah
C. Krobo Edusei
D. K.A. Gbedemah

39. The primary function of the legislature is to

A. administer justice
B. make laws
C. register citizens
D. protect wrong doers

40. People who buy company shares receive

A. profits
B. dividends
C. loans
D. overdrafts

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