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BECE 2016 Social Studies Paper 1


Question 1: Which of the following activities is a duty of a citizen?
A. Giving free medical care
B. Helping the police financially
C. Joining a religious group
D. Paying taxes for development

Question 2: In a traditional society which of the following is used to teach good morals?
A. Court music
B. Story telling
C. Dirges
D. Appellations

Question 3: In Ghana, state owned enterprises are important because they
A. produce all the goods for the society.
B. make a lot of profit.
C. provide vital goods and services.
D. employ majority of the labour force.

Question 4: Which of the following human activities destroys habitats of animals?
A. Bush burning
B. Bush fallowing
C. Inter-cropping
D. Mixed farming

Question 5: The environment can best be described as
A. animals and non-living things.
B. man and his surroundings.
C. man and vegetation around him.
D. vegetation and non-living things.

Question 6: The transition from childhood to adulthood is referred to as
A. adolescence.
B. manhood.
C. parenthood.
D. puberty.

Question 7: Most aspects of Ghanaian culture are displayed during
A. funeral rites.
B. naming ceremonies.
C. puberty rites.
D. traditional festivals.

Question 8: Which of the following is used to represent landmarks on maps?
A. Conventional signs
B. Histogram
C. Mathematical symbols
D. Plain sketches

Question 9: When one moves eastwards and crosses the International Date Line,
A. a day is gained.
B. a day is lost.
C. shorter hours of day is experienced.
D. longer hours of day is experienced.

Question 10: Ghana lies between latitudes
A. 5° South and 11° North.
B. 5° North and 11° North.
C. 5° North and 11° South.
D. 5° South and 11° South.

Question 11: To promote national unity Ghanaians are expected to be
A. hard working.
B. patriotic.
C. highly educated.
D. well paid.

Question 12: The outermost part of the earth is called the
A. atmosphere.
B. core.
C. mantle.
D. crust.

Question 13: Adolescent chastity is beneficial to the girl because it helps her to
A. enjoy free education.
B. gain automatic scholarship.
C. have uninterrupted education.
D. pass examination easily.

Question 14: When two air masses of different temperatures meet, the condition results in the formation of
A. rain shadow.
B. cyclonic rainfall.
C. relief rainfall.
D. thunder and lighting.

Question 15: The high dependency problem of some families can be solved by
A. encouraging parents to feed their children properly.
B. practicing family planning.
C. sending the children to school.
D. sharing the responsibility with relatives.

Question 16: One way of sustaining unity among the ethnic groups in Ghana is by
A. allowing people to enjoy free movement.
B. appreciating cultural practices of other people.
C. keeping trouble makers in prison.
D. selecting leaders through election.

Question 17: Which of the following is not a function of the Police Service?
A. Arresting criminals
B. Controlling traffic
C. Judging cases in court
D. Maintaining peace and order

Question 18: The first castle school to be established in the Gold Coast (Ghana) was in
A. Accra.
B. Cape Coast.
C. Elmina.
D. Akropong.

Question 19: Which of the following men fought for the abolishing of the slave trade?
A. Andreas Riss
B. Gordon Guggisberg
C. James Somerset
D. William Wilberforce

Question 20: The people of British Togoland joined Ghana through
A. conquest.
B. declaration.
C. permission.
D. voting.

Question 21: The first political event leading to the formal establishment of British colonial rule in the Gold Coast was the
A. declaration of Sagrenti war.
B. disturbances of 1948.
C. introduction of the Poll Tax Ordinance.
D. signing of the bond of 1844.

Question 22: A child of not more than seven years of age found in Ghana and whose parents cannot be traced becomes a Ghanaian by
A. adoption.
B. birth.
C. conferment.
D.  registration.

Question 23: Which of the following activities can constitute human rights abuse in Ghana?
A. Child labour
B. Dropping out of school
C. Drug abuse
D. Employing an 18 year old girl

Question 24: When an individual behaves in an honest and just manner, he/she performs a
A. civic responsibility.
B. civic right.
C. natural responsibility.
D.  social right.

Question 25: The Supreme Court of Ghana
A. interprets the constitution and the laws of Ghana.
B. makes and implements laws.
C. remands criminals in custody.
D. runs courses for judges and magistrates.

Question 26: The maintenance of law and order in traditional societies in Ghana is the responsibility of
A. chiefs and their elders.
B. priests and their elders.
C. teachers and family heads.
D. police and soldiers.

Question 27: Which of the following methods is not a way of managing conflicts?
A. Arbitration
B. Negotiation
C. Reconciliation
D. Suppression

Question 28: One major way by which Ghana co-operates with other nation is by
A. allowing them to establish military base in Ghana.
B. lending large sums of money to them.
C. removing all taxes on goods imported from them.
D. sending ambassadors and high commissioners to them.

Question 29: The head of government of the second republic of Ghana was the
A. Attorney General.
B. Head of State.
C. Minister of State.
D. Prime Minister.

Question 30: Which of the following institutions can make laws to check smuggling and armed robbery in Ghana?
A. District Assembly
B. The Police Service
C. Parliament
D.  High Court

Question 31: Which of the following factors least affects vegetation in Ghana?
A. Climate
B. Human activities
C. Relief
D. Soil

Question 32: The most economical way of disposing domestic and industrial waste is by
A. burning.
B. dumping.
C. recycling.
D. sieving.

Question 33: The life span of waterbodies are naturally prolonged through
A. adequate rainfall.
B. building of dams.
C. water sanitation.
D. irrigation systems.

Question 34: High birth rate in developing countries can lead to
A. high income per head
B. low income per head
C. low dependency ratio
D. skilled labour force

Question 35: Changes in culture is important for
A. ethnic disintegration.
B. international recognition.
C. population growth.
D. national development.

Question 36: Private businesses help in building the nation when they
A. increase their profits.
B. import consumer goods.
C. pay appropriate taxes.
D. produce more goods.

Question 37: When the wet bulb and the dry bulb thermometer at a weather station record the same reading, it means the air is
A. condensed.
B. dry.
C. saturated.
D. warm.

Question 38: Some state owned enterprises are often sold to private individuals due to
A. sufficient raw materials.
B. adequate market.
C. adequate skilled labour.
D. poor management.

Question 39: The government can best promote private sector business by
A. increasing wages and salaries.
B. guaranteeing financial support.
C. offering all the needs of entrepreneurs.
D. supplying office equipment.

Question 40: The main function of the executive organ of government is
A. interpretation of laws.
B. impeachment of the president.
C. implementation of laws.
D. law making.

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