WASSCE 2020 Social Studies Questions and Answers

The WASSCE 2020 Social Studies questions cover almost all the topics in the WAEC Social Studies syllabus for senior high schools. For that matter, expect these May/June 2020 WAEC Social Studies questions and answers to bring to your attention topics like self identity, responsible parenting, education and social change, science and technology, sustainable development, constitution, democracy and nation building.

Are you ready to see all the past questions and answers in the WAEC/WASSCE 2020 Social Studies objective test paper? Then keep reading.

May/June 2020 WASSCE Social Studies Objective Test

Here now come all the 50 objective test questions and answers for the WASSCE 2020 Social Studies paper. You will find that the correct answers are in bold lettering.

Answer all the questions.

Each question is followed by four options lettered A to D. Find the correct option for each question and shade in pencil on your answer sheet, the answer space which bears the same letter as the option you have chosen.  Give only one answer to each question

An example is given below.

The administrative head of a public corporation is the

A. speaker    B. chairman    C. director-general        D. managing director

The correct answer is managing director which is lettered D and therefore answer space D would be shaded.

Now answer the following questions.

WAEC 2020 Social Studies Questions 1-10

1. Which of the following statements best explains self concept? The

A. inborn character of a person

B. personal and physiological abilities of a person

C. physical and psychomotor nature of a person

D. whole nature of a person

2. The basic level of Abraham Maslow’s Theory of Needs is

A. physiological   

B. safety          

C. self-actualization   

D. social

3. Which of the following statements is accurate about practising chastity as an adolescent?

A. absence of risks related to sexual activities

B. becoming sexually inexperienced in marital life

C. keeping your sexuality confidential from everybody

D. preserving one’s energy for work

4. To foster good gender relations in Ghana, there is the need to

A. discourage discrimination against women

B. establish more single-sex schools

C. expunge laws on violence against women

D. make reproductive concerns the sole responsibility of women

5. Which of the following statements is not accurate about some Ghanaian cultural practices?

A. celebration of festivals facilitates clean-up activities in communities

B. chieftaincy promotes traditional heritage

C. female genital mutilation ensures chastity of the adolescent

D. naming ceremony promotes communal living

6. Which of the following is not a symbol of national identity?

A. National Anthem

B. Flag of Ghana

C. Coat of Arms of Ghana

D. Adinkra patterns

7. One significance of socialization is that it enables the individual to acquire

A. cultural values            

B. social status

C. popularity

D. prestige

8. Which of the following types of marriage is the foundation of all other marriages in Ghana?

A. concubine contracts

B. marriage by ordinance

C. customary marriage

D. religious marriage

9. Couples who want to sustain their marriage should always

A. avoid pointing out the mistakes of each other

B. hide their past lifestyles from each other

C. maintain constant communication with each other

D. report each other’s behaviour to his or her parents

10. Which of the following options must not be pursued as the purpose of marriage?

A. a means for the couple to provide support for each other

B. avenue for companionship among the couples

C. provision of opportunity to have sexual relations with anybody

D. provision of a legitimate avenue for procreation

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Questions 11-20

Such WAEC Social Studies syllabus topics like socialization, parenting and environmental degradation form part of our next batch of questions and answers for the WAEC/WASSCE 2020 Social Studies objective test.

11. The Intestate Succession Law in Ghana was promulgated to

A. allow the deceased’s nephews to inherit property

B. allow the surviving spouse to share the property

C. enable the extended family to control the property

D. enable survivors to get their share of the property

12. A group of people who are related through birth, marriage and adoption is described as

A. community        B. couple     C. family     D. society

13. Parenthood starts as soon as a child is

A. adopted             B. born                   C. conceived                    D. named

14. The agency that is responsible for the primary socialization of the child is the

A. extended family

B. matrilineal family

C. nuclear family

D. patrilineal family

15. Better interpersonal relationships can be achieved in society through the existence of

A. civil rights

B. democratic ideas

C. gender equalities

D. common religion

16. Which of the following activities is detrimental to the environment?

A. Afforestation    

B. aquaculture      

C. bush burning    

D. irrigation

17. Which of the following statements best describes the physical environment? The

A. buildings and other structures in our communities

B. landforms, vegetation and climatic conditions

C. mountains, lowlands and rivers in our communities

D. external surroundings within which all living things live

18. A significant alteration of the structures of society that brings about a difference in the lives of the people is referred to as

A. community development                

B. national growth

C. social change                                             

D. sustainable development

19. The main aim of formal education is to

A. help the individual secure a well-paid job

B. make the individual fit well in the society

C. provide the individual with higher academic excellence

D. provide the individual with occupational skills

20. One responsibility that our political independence has placed on us as Ghanaians is to

A. always carry our complaints to people in authority

B. demonstrate our willingness to solve national problems

C. show a lukewarm attitude to duty and demand for our rights

D. plan national development from local communities

2020 WASSCE Social Studies Objectives 21-30

Key topics in the WAEC/GES Social Studies syllabus for SHS that show up in questions 21 to 30 of the 2020 Social Studies paper include self-reliance, conflict resolution, leadership and followership.

21. The ability to depend mainly on one’s own resources for survival is referred to as

A. economic independence                  

B. self-actualization

C. self-reliance                                               

D. political independence

22. To become independent and self-reliant in the society, the individual needs to avoid

A. developing one’s self and being productive

B. engaging in hard work to improve one’s life

C. living in isolation from others

D. voting for people believed to be effective

23. Inter-ethnic conflicts interrupt

A. democratic governance                                        

B. developmental projects

C. traditional belief system                            

D. rural-urban migration

24. Which of the following factors is an effect of ethnic conflicts in Ghana?

A. destoolment and enstoolment of chiefs     

B. deployment of vigilante groups

C. loss of lives and property

D. population density and migration

25. Leadership  is best explained as having the authority to

A. determine what should happen  to followers

B. guide others toward the attainment of a group’s objectives

C. guide others toward the attainment of one’s objectives

D. use community resources as one deems fit

26. One unique attribute of a leader is the

A. exercise of absolute power over followers

B. insistence on followers’ allegiance

C. reliance on followers for direction

D. respect for the opinion of followers

27. A leader who relies solely on the followers for decision-making is

A. autocratic                                                   

B. democratic

C. laissez-faire                                     

D. paternalistic

28. Which of the following constitutional provisions prevents autocratic rule?

A. A free press without limitation

B. A judiciary free from checks and balances

C. Formation of more political parties

D. Rule of law and separation of powers

29. A feature of democratic governance  that is necessary for stability in a nation is

A. existence of a regular army

B. flamboyant appearance of politicians

C. peaceful transition of power

D. provision of social amenities

30. One reason for which unity and development are more sustainable under democratic governance is that

A. governments reward communities to vote for them with projects

B. it promotes a smooth and peaceful change of government

C. only views of members of the ruling party are accommodated

D. rules agreed upon are binding on political leaders

Questions 31-40

31. Rights and responsibilities of citizens are

A. comprehensive                                

B political

C. reciprocal                                                   

D. synonymous

32. A consumer must be willing to fulfil his or her responsibility of paying electricity bill

A. anytime the cost of living is high

B. even when power supply is irregular (WELL…)

C. only when the standard of living is high

D. only when the individual is debt-ridden

33. The situation where the world is becoming closer in terms  of economic and cultural development through improved technology and communication is referred to  as

A. global economy                              

B. global village

C. co-operation                                              

D. globalization

34. One benefit Ghana derives from co-operating with other nations is that, she

A. expands her trade ties

B. enjoys minimum utilization of resources

C. enjoys autonomy from them

D. dictates development plans for them

35. A primary function of financial institutions in the country is

A. doubling money for customers

B. organizing workshops for customers

C. sharing dividends to customers

D. taking deposits and lending out money

36. The quantitative and qualitative improvement in the standard of living of people in the society is termed as

A. change                                             

B. development

C. growth                                             

D. transformation

37. The movement of the youth to the cities to seek jobs can result in

A. creating more avenues for employment

B. enhancing higher productivity in the villages

C. denying them economic freedom

D. weakening their socialization process

38. The best way of promoting the application of science and technology in our national development process is through the

A. invitation of foreign scientists and technologists to solve our problems

B. establishment of a national science research fund

C. sponsorship of more Ghanaians to study science and technology abroad 

D. funding the commercialization of science and technological innovations

39. Anything that is available to society and is used for the production of goods and services  to satisfy societal needs is

A. capital                                   

B. goods

C. material                                 

D. resources

40.  Which of the following community projects is worth undertaking in a locality prone to outbreaks of diarrhoea and cholera?

A. building of community centre        

B. construction of community library

C. construction of more schools

D. sinking of boreholes

WAEC 2020 Social Studies Questions 41-50

This is the last batch of questions in the May/June WASSCE Social Studies objective test paper for the year 2020. Sustainable development, population growth, the world of work and entrepreneurship are among the topics in the SHS Social Studies syllabus you will encounter here.

41. Which of the following options is not a sustainable way of improving the standard of living of Ghanaians?

A. provision of quality and accessible education

B. developing good transport and communication systems

C. giving money to poor households in the country

D. improvement in the quality of health delivery

42. A major developmental challenge Ghanaians must resolve to address is

A. inadequate earnings and savings

B. inadequate natural resources

C. low illiteracy rate

D. low productivity  in the private sector

43. The youth can best contribute to national development through

A. early marriages to increase labour force

B. acquiring effective decision-making skills

C. making provisions for savings

D. putting pressure on leaders for their needs

44. One major benefit of sustainable development is

A. expansion of settlements                

B. realization of social peace

C. exportation of human resources

D. achievement of high moral standards

45. A factor that does not contribute to national development in Ghana is

A. implementation of priority projects

B. importation of foods and other needs

C. protection of national assets

D. regular maintenance culture

46. A factor which can hinder the sustainability of growth and development in Ghana is

A. contracting loans for all projects

B. importing specialized machinery

C. the influx of foreign experts

D. the lack of maintenance culture

47. Why was Ghana’s population described as youthful from the 2000 population census?

A. age group 15-64 represented 51%of the entire population

B. age 15 and above represented 54% of the entire population

C. 60% of the population was made up of people above 20 years

D. 45% of the population was under the age of 15

48. Which of the following qualities can make an entrepreneur successful?

A. Drive, provision of capital and supervision

B. Evaluation, flexibility and diligence

C. Organization, co-ordination and risk-bearing

D. Vision, courage and good judgement 

49. Increase in the general output level of goods and services over a period of time would lead to

A. physical development                               

B. political development

C. social development                                   

C. economic development

50. A country with a large population size enjoys the benefits of

A. skilled labour                                                       

B. large market

C. huge international support                        

D. effective use of resources

Final Thoughts

You have just taken your learning of Social Studies to a whole new level. Do not forget that a good number of universities in Ghana and elsewhere will accept a good pass in Social Studies as a replacement for Integrated Science or General Science.

And if you intend to study a degree program in the humanities or social sciences, it will be wise to make sure you perform well in your WAEC/WASSCE Social Studies test. Who knows, that may be all you need to gain admission to study any of your preferred university courses.

The objective questions in the Social Studies paper ahead of you will not be too different from the ones in the WASSCE 2020 Social Studies objective questions paper. This is why I will encourage you to keep looking at this set of WAEC Social Studies past questions till the day you finish taking the examination.

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