WASSCE GOVERNMENT MAY/JUNE 2012 (SSCE WAEC MAY/JUNE 2012 GOVERNMENT)

WASSCE GOVERNMENT MAY/JUNE 2012 (SSCE WAEC MAY/JUNE 2012 GOVERNMENT)

 

1. The study of government is important because it

A. direct people’s attention to development of non-state institutions

B. enables citizens to understand the processes for managing state affairs

C. encourages individuals to take decisions that satisfy their aspiration

D. encourage the elite to remain in power

 

2. A system of government where political powers are inherited is called

A. Monarchy

B. Diarchy

C. democracy

D. aristocracy

 

3. Democracy can be promoted through

A. gerrymandering

B. slander

C. accountability

D. lobby

 

4.. The ability to command obedience is called

A. Authority

B. influence

C. legitimacy

D. mobilization

 

5. Legitimacy is determined mainly by

A. Charisma

B. Influence

B. acceptance

D. desire

 

6. Which of the following os a feature of democracy

A. majority rule

B. Election by selected adults

C. Quick decision making

D. Rule by Wealthy men

 

7. Which of the following is a source of political power ?

A. Gerrymandering

B. Election

C. Filibuster

D. Immunity

 

8. Delegated legislation is unpopular because it

A. quickens the law making process

B. receives wide publicity

C. is not made by the legislature

D. caters for emergency situations

 

9. Delegated legislation is unpopular because it unpopular because it

A. quickens the law making process

B. receives wide publicity

C. is not made by the legislature

D. caters for emergency situation

 

10. Political socialization begins from

A. adulthood

B. Childhood

C. Old age

D. Manhood

 

11.  A.V Dicey popularized the principle of

A. rule of law

B. democracy

C. political culture

D. separation of power

 

12. Which of the following is the lowest in the hierarchy of feudal system?

A. Knights

B. Serfs

C. Nobles

D. Lords

 

13.  The ratification of major executive decision by the Legislation is in line with the application of

A. separation of powers

B. rule of law

C. checks and balances

D. fusion of powers

 

14. In which of the following systems is rule of law most enhanced?

A.  Cabinet system

B. Feudal  system

C. Fascist system

D. Communist system

 

15. A constitution is the

A. written document of traditional practices

B. functional aspect of government activities

C. supreme document of the government

D. fundamental law of the land

 

16. A constitution is important because it

A. teaches moral values of the society

B.  prescribes rules of those who govern

C. serves as a source of conflict in the society

D. describes the laws and admonishes obedience

 

17. Which of the following cannot be found in the constitution?

A. Fundamental Human Rights

B. Manifestoes of political parties

C. Organ of government

D. Duties and obligation of Citizens

 

18. A rigid constitution is a feature of

A. unitary system

B. monarchical system

C. federal system

D. confederal system

 

19. In a parliamentary system, the executive is weak because it is

A. accountable to parliament

B. responsible to the ******

C. headed by a prime minister

D. the head of state that controls the government

 

20. In a federal system of government, the powers of state government are subordinate to

A. the regional constitutions

B. the supreme body of state laws

C. acts of the parliament at the centre

D. provincial laws

 

21.An advantage of a confederation over a federation is that the component units

A. have the right to secede

B. share resource equally

C. are politically stable

D. co-operate fully with the centre

 

22. Confederalism was once practiced in

A. Nigeria and Ghana

B. Senegal and the Gambia

C. Mali and Cote d’Ivoire

D. Ghana and Benin

 

23. Which of the following acts as a check on the Executive in the control of the finance of a State? The

A. judiciary

B. civil service

C. press

D. legislature

 

24. In a legislature, cross carpeting means

A. crossing over the carpet

B. decamping to another party

C. legislative dismissal

D. legislative instrument

 

25. The responsibility of the judiciary is to

A. make rules

B. formulate decisions

C. arrest offenders

D. adjudicate cases

 

26. One of the limitations on freedom of speech is

A. libel

B. trespassing

C. bye-laws

D. unlawful detention

 

27. A citizen’s duties do not include

A. defending the nation

B. obeying the laws

C. paying taxes

D. giving alms to the poor

 

28. One-party system leads to

A. dictatorship

B. democracy

C. diarchy

D. theocracy

 

29. In a democratic state the party system that usually operates is

A. mass party

B. multi-party

C. one-party

D. elite party

 

30. The coming together of two or more political parties to form a government is

A. coalition

B. merger

C. unification

D. co-operation

 

31. Universal Adult Suffrage is associated with a

A. democratic government

B. Military government

C. gerontocratic government

D. fascist government

 

32. Restricted franchise violates the idea of

A. political equality

B. political culture

C. public accountability

D. political socialization

 

33 .A major advantage of the Secret Ballot System of Voting is that

A. It is faster than other systems

B. it ensures the anonymity of the voter

C. it extends the franchise to all adults

D. nobody can be prevented from voting

 

34. The “first-past-the-post” system of voting is also called

A. Second ballot system

B. proportional representation

C. simple majority system

D. alternative vote system

 

35. Proportional representation is more appropriate in

A. multi-party system

B. plurality system

C. unitary system

D. monarchical system

 

36. Which of the following can aid in the formation of public opinion?

A. Order –in-council

B. Free press

C Existence of one party system

D. Existence of press censorship

 

37. The civil service is an institution for

A. Carrying out private organizational goals

B. effecting civil society policies

C. formulating and executing public policies

D. initiating bureaucratic private agenda

 

38. The recruitment of personnel into the civil service by the public service commission prevents

A. Political patronage

B. Bribery and corruption

C. Overstaffing

D. Bureaucracy

39. Which of the following manages a public corporation?

A. Chamber of commerce

B. Board of Directors

C. An Accountant-General

D. An Auditor-General

 

40. Local government are essential because they

A. encourage division in a country

B. implements government policies at national levels

C. makes laws for a nation

D. trains local people in the art of governing

 

41. Which of the following delayed nationalist movement in French West Africa?

A. Presence of educated elite

B. The policy of Assimilation

C.  The use of local chiefs

D. Granting of freedom to Africans

 

42. The National congress of British West Africa (NCBWA) was founded in

A. Sierra Leone

B. Liberia

C. Ghana

D. Nigeria

 

43.The West African Students Union (WASU) was formed by

A. Siaka Stevens

B. K.A. Gbedemah

C.E.F. Small

D.Oladipo Solanke

 

44. Military government usually rule through

A. bye-laws

B. decrees

C. parliament

D. statutes

 

45.A military coup d’etat is followed by

A. enforcement of fundamental human rights

B. suspension of the constitution

C. breaking of diplomatic relations with foreign countries

D. mass importation of fire arms

 

46. Which of the following factors influence a country’s foreign policy?

A. Size of the country’s civil service

B. Overall national interest of the country

C. Capacity of the police force

D. Types of traditional rulers in the country

 

47. The organization of African Unity (OAU) was set up in

A. Accra

B. Harare

C. Cairo

D.  Addis Ababa

 

48. The organ of the Organization Of African Unity (OAU) established for peaceful settlement of disputes is the

A. Commission of Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration.

B. Council of Ministers

C. Secretariat

D.Assembly of Heads of State and government

 

49. The head of the commonwealth is the

A. Prime Minster

B. High Commissioner

C. British Foreign Secretary

D.Bristish Monarch

 

50.Which of the following organs of the United Nations Organization has outlived its usefulness

A. General Assembly

B. Trusteeship Council

C. International Court of Justice

D. Economic and Social Council

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