Revision questions on Government for High school




1.Government protects the lives and property of the citizens of a state through the(A)Courts and the police(B)Legislature and prisons(C)Ministers and the police(D)Customs and the police

2.Political power could be acquired through(A)Persuasion(B)Election(C)Sanction (D)Nomination

3.Which of the following countries in Africa practised socialism?(A)Nigeria(B)Togo(C)Tanzania(D)Kenya

4.Nazism was introduced by(A)Adolf Hitler(B)Tsar Nicholas 11(C)Karl Marx(D)Mao.Tse-Tung

5.The following are merits of separation of powers except(A)Abuse of power(B)Freedom and liberty(C)Stable political system(D)Absence of dominance

6.Which of the following is not a merit of checks and balances?(A)Prevents excessive use of power(B)Has respect for human rights(C)Encourages the use of veto power(D)Prevents dictatorship

7.Representative is alternatively called(A)Rule of law(B)Indirect democracy(C)Separation of powers(D)Classical democracy

8.A constitution is a(A)Set of regulations and customs(B)Body of doctrine and principles(C)Set of principles and customs(D)Body of rules,regulations and conventions

9.A feature of a rigid constitution is that it requires(A)Amendment by the judiciary(B)One-third majority for its amendment(C)Special amendment procedures(D)(The votes of the electorate for its amendment

10.A characteristic of a federal system of government is that power is(A)Shared between the central and the unit governments(B)Shared between the components units of government(C)Held by the national government(D)Head by the state government

11.In a federal system of government, education and health are examples of(A)Separation of power(B)Reserved power(C)Concurrent powers(D)Exclusive powers

12.Which of the following is not a function of the judiciary?(A)Settlement of disputes(B)Making of law order(C)Interpretation of law(D)Protection of rights

13.Statutes are(A)Bills passed by local government(B)Laws passed by judiciary(C)Bill passed by the executive(D)Laws passed by the parliament

14.Slander limits a citizen’s freedom of(A)Expression(B)Movement(C)Association(D)Religion

15.Which of the following bodies has the right to change the laws of the country?(A)Judiciary(B)Ombudsman(C)legislature(D)Executive

16.All the following are sources of revenue of a political party except to(A)Payment of dues(B)Donations(C)Custom duties(D)Fund raising

17.Party manifesto is important in the following ways except to(A)Evaluate the party (B)Limit choice(C)Attract people(D)Guide the party

18.Coalition government can be defined as parties coming together(A)To appoint a leader(B)To form a government(C)With a common manifesto(D)To oppose the government

19.Which of the following West African countries practised a one party system?(A)Benin(B)Nigeria(C)Ghana(D)Liberia

20.In limited franchise,restriction on voting can be based on(A)Height(B)Property(C)Strength(D)Exposure

21.Which of the following is a limitation to Universal Adult Suffrage?(A)Wealth(B)Age(C)Race(D)Sex

22.Which of the following is an example of a general election?(A)Bye selection(B)Presidential election(C)Local election(D)Student union election

23.The purpose of an election is to(A)Allow people to participate in choosing their leaders (B)Provide social amenities for the electorate(C)Give political education to the rich,(D)Allow the counting of votes in public

24.Universal Adult Suffrage is popular because it(A)Allows for equal political representation(B)Allows for greater participation(C)Encourages for multi party system(D)Ensures equal performance of all political parties

25.Which of the following is not a factor that promotes democratic electoral system?(A)Political consciousness(B)Periodic election(C)Up to date electoral register(D)Popularity of the governor

26.A factor that could make elections to be free and fair is the(A)Existence of dependent electoral commission(B)Adoption of a flexible constitution(C)Opportunity for people to vote twice(D)Registration of eligible voters

27.The body responsible for conducting and supervising elections in West African countries is called(A)Ombudsman(B)Electoral commission(C)Election observers(D)Constituent Assembly

28.Which of the following is not a problem of an electoral commission in West Africa?(A)Electoral malpractices(B)Inadequate personnel(C)Inadequate funds(D)Registration of voters

29.Which of the following is not an aim of pressure groups?(A)Contesting election(B)Agitating for interests(C)Influencing government decisions(D)Educating their members

30.A pressure group formed only by teachers is(A)A promotional group(B)An occupational group(C)A religious group(D)An economic group

31.Neutrality in the civil service means that(A)The government can seek or replace top civil servant(B)Officials need to defend the budget in parliament(C)Civil servants should be loyal to the government and non-partisan(D)Officials can only be removed from office due to I’ll health.

32.Red-tapism in the civil service is a product of(A)Democracy(B)Autocracy(C)Bureaucracy (D)Theocracy

33.An advantage of public corporations in West Africa is(A)Creation of exposure(B)Political interference(C)Provision of employment(D)Provision of all the services needed

34.The central government can reduce annual subventions to public corporation through(A)Parliamentary control(B)Ministerial control(C)Judicial control(D)Public control

35.Collection of rates is a source of revenue to (A)Civil servants(B)Public corporations(C)Local authorities(D)Central government

36.The money given by the central government to local authorities is known as(A)Block grants(B)Capital expenditure(C)Loans(D)Royalties

37.The laws of the pre-colonial African political system were(A}Written(B)Codified(C)Unwritten(D)Rigid

38.Auditing the accounts of public corporations amount to(A)Media control(B)Judicial control(C)Public control(D)Financial control

39.The following were features of the French policy of Assimilation except(A)Centralised administration(B)Recognition of chieftaincy institution(C)Limited education(D)Indignant policy

40.The reccurent coups in West African countries resulted in(A)Dictatorship(B)Political instability(C)Nepotism(D)Poor conditions in the Army

41.Foreign policy refers to the(A)Policy made by a foreign country(B)Policy made by a country(C)Principles that govern a country when it is at war(D)Principles that govern a state’s international behaviour

42.Which of the following is a factor for the adoption of a unitary system of government in some West African countries?(A)Vast territories(B)Small territories(C)Abundant resources(D)Heterogeneous culture

43.Which of the following countries is a permanent member of the security council of the United Nations Organisation(UNO)?(A)Germany(B)Japan(C)Canada(D)Russia

44.The Commonwealth is(A)An economic organisation for the Caribbeans(B)A political organization formed during the First World War(C)Made up of all independent ext colonies of Britain(D)Made up of independent European countries

45.The United Nations Organisation(UNO)came into existence(A)1945(B)2948(C)1950(D)1953

46.The head of the Commonwealth of Nations is(A)German chancellor(B)President of America(C)Queen of England(D)British Prime Minister

47.A commonwealth member that has no colonial link with United Kingdom is(A)Nigeria(B)Ghana(C)Liberia(D)Mozambique

48.The meetings of the Commonwealth of Nations are held once every(A)Six years(B)Five years(C)three years(D)Two years

49.The ECOWAS Fund for Cooperation,Compensation and Development is located in(A)Togo(B)Nigeria(C)The Gambia(D)Liberia

50.The organ responsible for investigating internal disputes in the United Nations Organisation(UNO) is the(A)General Assembly(B)Security council(C)Secretariat(D)Economic and Social Council



Answer two questions from section A and three from section B

        SECTION A

1.State five reasons for studying government

2.Define Capitalism

B.State two advantages and two disadvantages of capitalism

3.Define legitimacy

B.Highlight any fours factors that determine legitimacy

4.Outline five factors that give rise to the adoption of federalism

5.In what five ways can elections be made free and fair in a country?


6.Identify five functions and powers of the king makers in the Yoruba pre-colonial political system

7.Highlight five reasons for the slow rate of nationalism in French speaking West Africa

8.Outline three features of MacPherson constitution

B.State two reasons for the breakdown of the Lyttleton constitution

9.Outline five reasons people prefer democratic government to military regimes

10.Identify five challenges facing the Commonwealth of Nations