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Likely Examination Questions For SHS: Government Paper 1 and 2

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Past Questions For SHS: Government

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Answer three questions only from this section

1. State six ways of the 1951 general elections in the Gold Coast

2. Examine the main sources of a constitution for a country

3. What are the main function of a democratic government?

4. Why is it necessary for a country to have a written constitution?

5. In what six ways can the pre-colonial government be described as democratic?

6. Outline any six contribution of Ghana towards the growth of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)


1. Which of following doctrines favours the government taking over the responsibility of managing economic affairs?

A. capitalism  B. socialism  C. democracy  D. liberalism

2. A government system in which the means of production and exchange is in the hands of the individuals is

A. communism  B. feudalism  C. capitalism  D. socialism

3. Hereditary succession to the throne is practiced in 

A. a communist state  B. an aristocratic state C. a fascist state D. a monarchical state

4. Aristocracy is a government of a 

A. privileged class B. military junta C. mass of the people D. group of mercenaries

5. Oligarchy rule means rule by

A. one man  B. few people  C. a monarch  D. the military

6. Laws made by a non-parliamentary are called

A. centralization  B. enactment  C. decentralization  D. delegated legislation

7. The laws made by military government are often referred to as

A. degrees  B. bye-laws  C. decrees  D. ordinances

8. The right that a person has to impose his will on others is known as

A. political culture  B. authority  C. dictatorship  D. aristocracy

9. A unitary system of government has

A. one party ruling  B. ovary citizen voting at election  C. centralized powers of government  D. one judiciary system

10. A constitution consists of the 

A. laws passed by the legislative of a country

B. views of the elite in a country

C. political aspiration of a country

D. basic rules by which a political system operates

11. Which of the following is a fundamental human rights?

A. right to aggression 

B. freedom of libel and slander

C. freedom of speech and association

D. freedom to disobey the laws of the state

12.The leader of a legislature is known as the 

A. chief justice  B. speaker  C. president  D. chief ship

13. Another name for totalitarianism is 

A. authoritarianism  B. socialism  C. capitalism  D. feudalism

14.Which of the following is a feature of a modern state?

A. territorial boundary

B. acts of parliament

C. political party

15. The primary function of a state is to 

A. implement policies of the opposition party

B. provide social facilities in the rural areas

C. maintain law and order in the country

D. formulate policies for the opposition

16. Which of the following officers ensures that debates in parliament are conducted in a fair manner? The

A. whip  B. majority leader  C. minority leader  D. speaker

17. One factor that influences foreign policy of a state is the 

A. type of constitution

B. size of the educated populace

C. size of the civil service

D. geographical location

18. One identifiable tradition of the Commonwealth of Nations is the

A. adoption of monarchical system

B. use of English as the official language

C. exchange of ambassadors

D. adoption of republican status

19. South Africa was suspended from the Commonwealth in 1961 because of its

A. refusal to conduct election

B. policy apartheid

C. gender discrimination

D. seizure of lands from the whites

20. A sudden violent in the government of a state by the military is a 

A. coup d'etat B. radical reformation  C. legal transfer of power  D. electoral change

21. The Operation Feed Yourself policy was introduced in Ghana during the regime of 

A. J. A. Ankrah

B. A. A. Afrifa

C. I. K. Acheampong

D. F. W. K. Akuffo

22.The civil service is a supportive institution of the 

A. legislation

B. executive

C. judiciary

D. media

23. Ghana attained a republican status in 

A. 1957  B. 1960  C. 1966  D. 1972

24. A constitution is rigid if it

A. can be amended by a one-third majority

B. can be amended like an ordinary law

C. can be amended through a special procedure

D. cannot be amended

25. Which of the following movement was not a proto-nationalist body? The 

A. National Congress of British West Africa (NCBWA)

B. West Africa Students' Union (WASU)

C. Gold Coast Youth Conference

D. United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC)

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