WASSCE 2000 Government Past Questions (PDF)

The topics you will encounter in the WAEC/WASSCE 2000 Government past questions paper include the following:

  • Forms and Types of Government
  • Organs of Government
  • Public Administration
  • Elections
  • Colonial Rule in West Africa
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Political Organizations Organizations

In this post, I take you as far back as the year 2000. I want you to study closely these WASSCE 2000 Government past questions and answers. The reason is that it is the same WAEC Government past questions that will be repeated in subsequent years.

True, the wordings may change, but the concepts and answers have always remained the same. This is simply because there is only one SHS/WAEC Government syllabus from which WAEC sets its questions.

Now that you know the reason why you must take seriously Government questions from all past years, it is time to take a closer look at the WASSCE 2000 Government past questions.

Note that all the correct answers are in bold lettering.

WAEC 2000 Government Past Questions 1-10

1. In a monarchial government, succession to the throne is by             a. inheritance b. nomination    c. election d. appointment   

2. A governmental system in which the means of production and exchange is in the hands of the individuals is               a. socialism b. communism    c. capitalism  d. feudalism

3. The practice of the rule of laws is suspended            a. when the legislature is dissolved           b. during general election       c. in a state of emergency d. when the chief justice resigns

4. One of the conditions for the formation of a federal government is the             a. Existence of a Supreme Court b. Desire to weaken the central authority c. Fear of external aggression d. Desire to have a common language.

5. The doctrine of separation of powers is a safeguard against             a. Aristocracy b. Plutocracy                c. Democracy d. Autocracy

6. The principle of collective responsibility enjoins the           a. legislature to resign en bloc b. legislature to take blame or praise             c. cabinet to take blame or praise d. Prime minister to take blame or praise

7. Which of the following is not an aspect of the rule of law? a. protecting the welfare of the individual  c. catering for minority interests c. Guaranteeing fundamental human rights d. providing a form of worship for the individual

8. The independence of the judiciary is an essential ingredient in the practice of         a.autocracy     b. democracy c. plutocracy d. theocracy

9. The power of the superior courts to nullify unconstitutional acts of the legislature and the executive is called   a. judicial independence b. judicial precedence    c. judicial review d. judicial supremacy

10. In a democratic government popular sovereignty resides in the       a. electorate b. judiciary      c. political parties d. constitution

Questions 11-20

11. A draft constitution of a country is usually prepared by       a. a Legislative Assembly b. an Advisory committee      c. a Constituent Assembly        d. the bar association

12. One of the functions of the police is to          a. punish offenders            b.enforce law and order         c. defend the country against external aggression d. organize the revolutionary organs

13. The representative of a political party at a polling station during an election is the              

a. pooling assistant b. polling agent             c. presiding officer d. returning officer

14. A citizen is said to be disenfranchised if he a. is given the right to vote             b. can contest an election              c. is denied the right to vote               d. can register to vote        

15. Delegated legislation is essential in   a. national emergency b. parliamentary enactments          c. order-in-council d. mandamus

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16. A major function of a public corporation is to             a. maximize profits b. serve the rural areas            c. provide welfare services d. create investment opportunities

17. Restricted franchise may be based on all the following except        a. sex b. education   c. property d. party

18. Press freedom is limited by the law   a. of treason    b. of sedition   c. on corruption   d. on preservation of peace

19. Local authorities are created by                    a. the ruling party      b. an act of the legislature             c. proclamation of the executive                     d. an order-in-council

20. The French assimilation policy was not popular because                a. citizens were accorded little respect            b. the educated elite were not consulted in its implementation                     c. of the practice of forced labour         d. of the few African representatives in the chamber of Deputies

WASSE 2000 Government Past Questions 21-30

21. The elective principle was introduced in Ghana in   a. 1920            b. 1922         c. 1924        d. 1925

22. Pre-colonial traditional rulers were not autocratic because all the following served as checks on them except a. Linguists        b. ordinary people c. council of elders d. religious leaders

23. Which of the following is not a regular income of local authorities?            a. grants-in-aid b. property rate           c. gifts in kind and in cash d. revenue from market tolls

24. The highest court of appeal for Ghana during the colonial period was the             a. supreme court b court of appeal c. West African Court of Appeal d. Judicial Committee of Privy Council

25. Which of the following was not an aspect of the French policy of assimilation?   a. Economic integration of the colonies with the metropolis b. Ruling the citizens and subjects through the chiefs c. Representation of Africans in the Chamber of Deputies d. Treating the educated Africans as Frenchmen

26. The first black Senegalese to sit in the French Chamber of Deputies was                          a. Lamine Gueye b. Blaise Diagne                        c. Louis Gullabert       d. Galanden Diouf

27. A unitary system of government has a. one tie judiciary system b. one-party ruling     c. centralized powers of government d. every citizen voting in an election

28. In a federation, the Upper House is necessary because it     a. possesses the ultimate power b. delegates powers to the federating units         c. gives a federal balance of representation   d. can dissolve the lower house

29. The civil service is characterized by a. unanimity b. partisan politics            c. neutrality d. efficiency

30. Civil servants belong to the    a. Legislature  b. judiciary      c. executive d. public service

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Questions 31-40

31. Equality before the law does not apply to     a. the armed forces     b. the police c. foreign diplomats d. ministers

32. In 1956, the British Trust Territory of Togoland vote to join Ghana was to a. accept a non-partisan form of government b. accept a multi-party system of government    c. accept a one-party system of government d. approve of military rule

33. The purpose of the 1978 referendum in Ghana was to          a. accept a non-partisan form of government b. accept a multi-party system of government               c. accept a one-party system of government d. approve of military rule

34. Ghana is a member of all the following international originations except the a. Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS)            b. Commonwealth of Nations c. World Health Organization (WHO)    d. Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

35. Which of the following is not an organ of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)  a. the assembly of heads of state              b. the authority of heads of state        c. the tribunal                                    d. the council of ministers

36. Under the 1960 Republican constitution of Ghana, the head of state and government was the    a. Queen b. Governor-General c. President d. prime Minster

37. The Convention People’s Party (CPP) broke away from the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) because the C.P.P. was              a. radical b. conservative                        c. uncompromising d. revolutionary

38. The title of Ghana’s representative in Nigeria is       a. Envoy b. Ambassador               c. Diplomat d. High Commissioner

39. One of the major demands of the National Liberation Movement (N.L.M) was the granting of     a. unitary form of government           b. a federal form of government              c. confederal form of government d. self-government within the shortest possible time

40. Ghana’s foreign policy of positive neutrality underlined her membership of the   a. commonwealth of Nations b. Origination of African Unity (OAU)             c. United Nations Organization (UNO)           d. Non-Aligned Movement

Questions 41-50

The 1948 Accra riots in Ghana marked a turning point in the political history of not only Ghana but also the rest of the African continent. This is why most WAEC/WASSCE Government past question papers contain a question or two covering the 1948 disturbances. See below an example of this type of Government objective question.

Questions on key International political organizations such as the UN and the OAU, now African Union, also appear in this part of the WASSCE 2000 Government past questions and answers.

41. The United Nations Organization (UNO) has, in recent times, been preoccupied with a. peacekeeping functions b. organizing of sporting            c. sanction against African countries d. granting self-government

42. The immediate cause of the 1948 riot in Ghana was the                   a. boycott of European goods b arrest of the Big Six c. high cost of living d. shooting of three ex-servicemen

43. The annual budget of the United Nations Organization (UNO) is prepared by the              a. secretariat      b. economic and social council                        c. international court of justice d. security council

44. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) is a a. socio-economic union b. political union                                 c. social union d. cultural union

45. The first country that was given the franchise in French West Africa was the Republic of           a. Guinea b. Togo                      c. Senegal d. La Cote d’Ivoire

46. The constitution that gave Ghana an all African cabinet for the first time was the            a. Guggisberg constitution of 1925     b. Burns constitution of 1946    c. Coussey constitution of 1951   d. 1954 constitution

47. The main duty of the Public Service Commission is             a. to provide all kinds of services to the public       b. to advise the government on all policies c. to recruit judges           d. to recruit, discipline and promote public servants

48. If the actions of a public corporation exceed its power, such action can be declared null and void by the a. public corporation’s management b. courts of law                       c. public service commission d. ministry of industries         

49. The Economic Community of West African States was established by the             a. Lome Convention b. Monrovia Declaration    c. Lagos Treaty d. Abuja Treaty

50. Which of the following is not a problem facing public corporations?            a. nepotism b. Instability c. Political interference d. Personnel

WASSCE 2000 Government Past Questions 51-60

51. Under the pre-colonial Akan traditional system of government, judicial functions were performed by the                a. chief linguist b. chief-in-council         c. council of elders d. lineage heads

52. The Political party that led Ghana to independence was the a. United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) b. United Party (UP)    c. People’s National Party (PNP)   d. Convention People’s Party (CPP)

53. One of the primary aims of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to          a. promote international peace b. foster unity among member states     c. promote socio-economic development of member countries d. promote universal human rights

54. The Electoral College system of voting negates the            a. principle of one man one vote b. free and fair election     c. secret ballot d. general election

55. In the cabinet system of government, the head of government is the             a. president b. prime minister c. chief justice d. high commissioner

56. Policy decisions of public corporations are made by the                  a. Managing Director b. Central government c. Board of Directors d. Shareholders of the corporation

57. A bicameral legislature is a check on            a. freedom of individuals b. hasty legislation     c. arbitrary arrests d. majority rule

58. To ensure the independence of the judiciary, salaries of judges are normally         a. debated by the legislature b. fixed by the Minister of finance            c. dependent on their performance d. charged on the consolidated fund

59. The primary objective of pressure groups is to          a. influence government policies b. dictate to the government   c. change the government d. contest elections

60. The pre-colonial political system of the Hausa-Fulani was a. decentralized b. federalized  c. centralized d. acephalous.  

Final Thoughts

What questions did you find interesting and which ones were confusing to you? It is best to look at as many Government past objective questions as possible. This is why I have provided lots of these WAEC past questions on this site. Apart from the WAEC/WASSCE 2000 Government past questions, you will find past questions on other high school General Arts subjects. I’m referring to high school subjects like History, Literature, Christian Religious Studies and Economics. Additionally, make sure to take a practice test or two to enable you to assess your progress so far.

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