UTME CBT FREE Practice Test – Government


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The Lyttleton Constitution is important because it _______

A. confirmed that Nigeria would be independent in 1960
B. confirmed Nigeria’s federal structure
C. introduced franchise into Nigeria n politics
D. made Nigeria sovereign


The highest grade in the civil service is known as the ______

A. administrative cadre   B. executive cadre   C. clerical cadre.   D. technical cadre


One argument against a multi-party system is the ______

A. encouragement of opposition and instability
B. banning of interest groups
C. inability to attract foreign assistance
D. high cost of conducting elections


Ceremonial and executive powers are usually fused in a ______

A. unitary system of government
B. federal government
C. democratic system
D. presidential system of government


The non-permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations Organisations (UNO) are elected for _____

A. 5 year terms    B. 4 year terms    C. 3 year terms    D. 2 year terms


The objective of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to _____

A. Promote economic development among member states.
B. achieve African unity.
C. establish political unification of West Africa.
D. eradicate all forms of racism in West Africa.


Which of the following is a feature of a confederation?

A. It has a rigid constitution
B. The central government is stronger than the component units
C. There is a legal right of secession.
D. There is no provision for a state constitution


Which of the following countries does NOT operate a Federal constitution.

A. U.S.A.    B. Canada    C. Nigeria    D. France


The tenure of the President of the UN Security Council is ______

A. two years   B. one month     C. six months     D. one year


Confederalism was once practised in _____

A. Nigeria and Ghana.     B. Senegal and The Gambia.     C. Mali and Cote d’ Ivoire.     D. Ghana and Benin


The concept of sovereignty was propounded by ______

A. Adam Smith.     B. Jeremy Bentham.     C. Karl Marx.     D. Jean Bodin.


The central points of capitalism as expounded by Karl Marx is that ______

A. capitalists’ profit is the surplus value obtained from workers’ labour
B. workers are inherently incapable of being owners of their labour
C. capitalists shall always increase workers’ earning capacity through wages
D. capitalists shall always readily consent to workers’ welfare demands.


The rule of law is observed when _____

A. democracy is practised
B. Jaws are kept secret
C. revolution is encouraged
D. only the elite can govern


Centralization of power is the basic feature of ______

A. a confederation   B. a unitary government   C. federalism   D. a presidential system


The name of the president of the Nigerian Labour Congress elected in 1983 is _______

A. Mr. Wahab Goodluck
B. Alhaji Shehu Kangiwa
C. Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu
D. Alhaji Ali Chiroma


The application of the principle of separation of powers seems impracticable because power is _____

A. fused   B. separated    C. delegated    D. centralized


Which of the following is not an aim for the existence of a State?

A. Promotion of economic independence
B. Provision of welfare services
C. Maintenance of external relations
D. promotion of a common lingua franca.


Government by the wealthy is known as _______

A. plutocracy   B. oligarchy   C. aristocracy   D. democracy.


A government that is constituted by several parties after a general election is referred to as ______

A. elite government
B. fascist government
C. illegitimate government
D. national government


Universal Adult Suffrage is associated with a _____ government.

A. democratic      B. military      C. gerontocratic     D. fascist


Where the Constitution is supreme, unconstitutional acts of the executive and the legislature can be checked by the courts through _____

A. recall     B. judicial review     C. vote of no confidence    D. impeachment


Production and distribution of goods and services are controlled by the State in _____

A. capitalism      B. mixed economy      C. socialism      D. communalism


The manipulation of boundaries of constituencies in order to win more seats is called ______

A. devolution   B. rigging   C. gerrymandering   D. delimitation


An organized group that seeks the control of power in a Slate is ______

A. pressure group     B. political party     C. social group     D. co-operative society


The primary function of government in a state is to ______

A. maintain law and order.
B. provide transport services.
C. engage in campaigns and rallies.
D. imprison criminals


The scholar who defined sovereignty as an absolute power vested in one authority is _____

A. A.V. Dicey    B. Jean Bodin     C. John Austin    D. B. Montesquieu


An interest group that admits members and conducts its affairs according to stated rules is described as ______

A. organizational   B. associational    C. non-associational   D. institutional


A major issue that distinguishes pressure groups from political parties is _____

A. the objective   B. ideology   C. membership drive   D. the voting pattern


Laws made by state governments are known as ______

A. bye-laws.   B. decrees   C. edicts   D. acts


Government owned companies operating in the economic sector are referred to as ______

A. public investments   B. public services.   C. public enterprises    D. public utilities


Delegated legislation is the power to make laws by ______

A. local councils when parliament is recess
B. bodies other than parliament
C. the International Law Commission
D. military rulers


Military governments usually rule through _____

A. bye-laws.    B. decrees.     C. parliament.     D. statutes.


A classless society is obtainable in ______

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


The concept of political culture was introduced by _____

A. Friendrich Engels.      B. Abraham Lincoln.     C. Harold Laski.     D. Gabriel Almond.


All the following are problems facing local governments in West Africa except _____

A. shortage of trained personnel     B. obtaining loans from banks     C. nepotism     D. corruption


The most remarkable legacy of the 1976 Local Government Reform in Nigeria was the introduction of

A. the office of Sole Administrators
B. caretaker management committee
C. uniformity in structure and function
D. the third tier of government


A major feature of authoritarianisms is that government is ______

A. consensual    B. personalized    C. centralized   D. decentralized


The first franchise in the history of the democratic process is _____

A. property franchise.   B. universal franchise   C. male franchise   D. female franchise


The majority of the OPEC members are from _____

A. Latin America     B. the Middle East     C. Asia     D. African


Which of the following is a problem of civil service?

A. Red-tapism
B. Offering professional advice to political leaders
C. Continuous keeping of records
D. Changing of government through election


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