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Q1
Which of the following is not a main source of a constitution?
A
Judicial precedents
B
Legislative decisions
C
Previous constitution
D
Public delibrations
E

Answer: D

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Q2
A constitution whose procedure for amendment is the same as that of making an ordinary law is referred to as
A
a unitary constitution
B
an unwritten constitution
C
a flexible constitution
D
a confederal constitution
E

Answer: C

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Q3
A constitution whose provisions are printed and contained in one document is a
A
flexible constitution
B
written constitution
C
confederal constitution
D
unitary constitution
E

Answer: B

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Q4
A provision of a constitution is said to be entrenched when
A
it is changed when the need arises
B
courts are not allowed to change it
C
it can be change in the same way as ordinary law
D
a referendum is required for its amendment
E

Answer: D

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Q5
A constitution amendment that is cumbersome is usually described as
A
flexible
B
rigid
C
unitary
D
subtle
E

Answer: B

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Q6
A constitution that requires special procedures to amend is referred to as
A
flexible
B
federal
C
rigid
D
unwritten
E

Answer: C

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Q7
All the following are sources of constitution except
A
acts of parliament
B
devolution of power
C
conventions
D
customs
E

Answer: B

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Q8
A constitution is said to be flexible when its provisions are
A
known by the rulers
B
scattered in several books
C
mainly in one document
D
easy to amend
E

Answer: D

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Q9
A constitution created account into which all public revenue is paid is called
A
Provident Fund
B
Social Security Fund
C
Public Accounts Fund
D
Consolidated Fund
E

Answer: C

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Q10
An agreed set of rules prescribing the governance of a country can be called the
A
constitution
B
charter
C
manifesto
D
hansard
E

Answer: A

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Q11
A constitution is said to be rigid if it
A
can be amended by the president only
B
is difficult to amend
C
is unwritten
D
is decreed by soldiers
E

Answer: B

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Q12
Which of the following countries is operating a Unitary Constitution?
A
Nigeria
B
Canada
C
Britain
D
America
E

Answer: B

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Q13
The philosophy and fundamental laws of a country are contained in her
A
manifesto
B
decrees
C
edicts
D
constitution
E

Answer: D

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Q14
A written constitution should have
A
an easy process of amendment
B
the principle of judicial interpretation
C
a hereditary process of succession
D
a propertied franchise
E

Answer: B

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Q15
Which of the following pairs of countries have unwritten constitution ?
A
Ghana and Germany
B
Nigeria and America
C
Britain and Israel
D
Nigeria and Ghana
E

Answer: C

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Q16
A constitution that has special rules for its amendment is said to be
A
written
B
federal
C
confederal
D
rigid
E

Answer: D

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Q17
Which of the following statements best describes an unwritten constitution?
A
The legislature is always unicameral
B
The source of the constitution is supreme court verdicts
C
There are no limitations on the powers of government
D
The body of rules and laws cannot all be found in a single document
E

Answer: D

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Q18
One important effect of the 1922 Constitution of Nigeria was the
A
formation of political parties
B
establishment of a university in West Africa
C
fusion of both the legislative and executive powers
D
establishment of a military government
E

Answer: A

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Q19
Under the Nigeria Constitution of 1979, representation in the Lower House was based on
A
equality of states
B
the geographical size of each state
C
the population of each state
D
the number of local governments in each state
E

Answer: C

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Q20
Which of the following is a source of a country's constitution?
A
Mandamus
B
Judicial precedents
C
Injunction
D
political decisions
E

Answer: B

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Q21
The essence of the constitution is to
A
safeguard the rights and freedom of the citizens
B
ensure tyranny and oppression of the masses
C
encourage military intervention in politics
D
suppress the views of the minority groups
E

Answer: A

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Q22
A federal Constitution is usually
A
flexible
B
unwritten
C
written and flexible
D
written and rigid
E

Answer: D

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Q23
Which of the following is usually expected to be entrenched in a constitution?
A
Ownership of landed property
B
Fundamental Human Rights
C
Electoral rules and regulations
D
Registration of political parties
E

Answer: B

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Q24
A cardinal feature of a rigid constitution is that it
A
can only be amended by the judiciary
B
requires a special procedure for its amendment
C
requires 2/3 majority for its amendment
D
requires the votes of the electorate for its amendment
E

Answer: B

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Q25
The first president of the Nigerian Republic was
A
Obafemi Awolowo
B
Nnamdi Azikiwe
C
Ahmadu Bello
D
Emeka Anyaoku
E

Answer: B

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Q26
The greatest achievement of nationalist movements in West Africa was the
A
interference in the affairs of member nations
B
formation of democratic governments in the sub-region
C
attainment of independence by member states
D
formation of regional peace keeping force
E

Answer: C

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Q27
Which of the following countries has an unwritten constitution?
A
Ghana
B
Nigeria
C
Canada
D
Britain
E
U.S.A

Answer: D

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Q28
A constitution that requires a complex procedure for the amendment of its provision is described as
A
unwritten
B
flexible
C
classified
D
rigid
E
unitary

Answer: D

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Q29
Concurrent list in a federal constitution contains issues within the legislature powers of the
A
army and local governments
B
federal and local councils
C
police and the legislature
D
federal and state governments
E
president and the chief justice

Answer: D

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Q30
A State is said to be unitary if it
A
has a rigid constitution
B
is organization under a single government
C
is headed by a prime minister
D
is under military rule
E
unites its people

Answer: B

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Q31
A constitution can be defined as
A
the rules guiding parliamentary procedures
B
a legal document to guide judges
C
the constituent elements of a contractual agreement
D
all written laws of a state
E
the rules guiding the affairs of an institution or society

Answer: E

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Q32

The Constitution of a federal system is usually

A

written and rigid

B

superior in content

C

difficult to understand

D

for the use of the federal government only

E

suspended before a general election

Answer: A

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Q33
Constitutionalism emphasizes that those who govern the state should do so according to
A
their whims and caprices
B
laid-down rules of public behavior
C
the direction of judges
D
the dictates of their egos
E
the dictates of their critics

Answer: B

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Q34
Fundamental human rights are entrenched in the constitution of a state in order to
A
encourage unlimited freedom
B
enables the court to punish offenders
C
restrict the liberty of citizens
D
make the government popular
E
guarantee the liberty of citizens

Answer: E

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Q35
The 1979 Constitution of Nigeria introduced a system of government similar to that of
A
China
B
Britain
C
France
D
Australia
E
the U.S.A

Answer: E

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Q36
Which of the following is an important feature of a unitary constitution?
A
Revolutionary power
B
Concentration of power
C
Deconcentration of power
D
Enfranchisement power
E
Decentralization of power

Answer: B

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Q37
A major reason enshrining fundamental human rights in the constitution is to
A
make the constitution flexible
B
make the constitution supreme
C
protect the right of office
D
prevent military intervention
E
protect the rights of individuals in the society

Answer: E

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Q38
A constitution can be described as
A
the complied laws of the state
B
a general book of laws
C
the fundamental laws to guide the government of a state
D
a detailed Code of Conduct for politicians
E
the reference book for judges

Answer: C

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Q39
In the 1979 Constitution of Nigeria, the National Assembly was made up of
A
the local council and the federal legislators
B
elected and unelected representatives
C
the two Houses of Assembly
D
both the state and Federal Houses of Assembly
E
the House of Chiefs and elected representatives

Answer: C

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Q40
The limitation on the right of life can be found
A
among the people
B
in the case of a convicted person
C
in the Executive
D
in the Government
E
in the Legislature

Answer: B

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Q41
An appropriation bill is
A
a state boundary adjustment bill
B
a state creation bill
C
a private member's bill
D
a monetary bill
E
an impeachment bill

Answer: D

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Q42
The 1954 Constitution of Nigeria made the country a true Federation because it provided
A
the abolition of representation of white officials
B
the election of all members of parliament
C
a division of functions between the center and the regions
D
the post of a prime minister at the center
E
the separation of Lagos from the Western Region

Answer: C

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Q43
A constitution review body elected by members of the electorate is known as
A
Constitutional Panel.
B
Constitutional Drafting Committee.
C
Constituent Assembly.
D
House of Assembly.
E
Electoral College.

Answer: C

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Q44
When a constitution contains complicated and long procedures for its amendment, it is said to be
A
written
B
flexible
C
unitary
D
rigid
E
hard

Answer: D

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Q45
The major innovation of the Republican Constitution of 1963 was that
A
the Prime Minister ceased to be Head of State
B
the Governor-General's office as the representative of the Queen was abolished
C
the Cabinet was no longer responsible to the Legislative
D
it introduced the executive presidential system
E
the Prime Minister was nominated by the Executive Council

Answer: B

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Q46
The 1979 Constitution sought to solve some of the problems associated with Nigerian federalism by providing for
A
the reflection of federal character in public appointment
B
an equitable revenue allocation
C
less stringent conditions for creation of more states
D
less stringent conditions for secession
E
a weak center vis a vis the states

Answer: A

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Q47
Nigeria became a federation as a result of the promulgation of the Constitution of
A
1922
B
1946
C
1951
D
1954
E
1963

Answer: D

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Q48
Which of the following countries operates an unwritten constitution?
A
Guinea
B
United States of America
C
Great Britain
D
China
E
Nigeria

Answer: C

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Q49
Any constitution that has special rules for its amendment is said to be
A
flexible
B
rigid
C
confederal
D
unwritten
E
written

Answer: B

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Q50
The highest Court of Appeal under the Nigeria Independence Constitution was
A
Federal Court of Appeal
B
Sharia Court of Appeal
C
Surpreme Court
D
Judicial Commitee of the Privy Council
E
Federal High Court

Answer: D

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Q51
Under the Independence Constitution of Nigeria, the Head of state was
A
the Queen of England
B
the Britsh Prime Minster
C
Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
D
Sir. James Robertson
E
Oliver Lyttleton

Answer: A

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Q52
One of the disadvantages of an unwritten constitution is that it
A
is handy but not readily available for all citizens;
B
is usually hidden and not common
C
is outdated, obnoxious and difficult to understand
D
can lead to abuse and victimization
E
can be made to serve the interest of the rich only

Answer: E

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Q53

One of the measures contained in Nigeria's Independence Constitution to ensure the independence of the judiciary was the establishment of the

A

Privy Council

B

Judicial Service Commission

C

Public Complaints Commission

D

Judicial Review Commission

E

West Africa Court Of Appeal

Answer: D

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Q54
A major feature of the constitutions in the British West African colonies in the 1920's was the
A
the introduction of the elective principle
B
removals of colonial Governors by the legislative Councils
C
introduction of Universal Adult Suffrage
D
abolition of local government
E
introduction of Council of Chiefs

Answer: A

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Q55
One of the criticisms against the policy of assimilation was that it
A
recognized the traditional rulers
B
ignored the educated elites
C
did not recognize African culture as good enough
D
recognized all the communities in French West Africa
E
granted French citizenship to all people in Senegal

Answer: C

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Q56
A common provision in the 1963 and 1979 constitutions of Nigeria was the
A
registration of political parties by FEDECO
B
direct funding of local governments by the federal government
C
abolition of the Judicial Service Commission
D
establishment of the Public Complaints Commission
E
provision for bicameral legislature at the center

Answer: E

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Q57
The 1976 local government reform was innovative because it
A
provided for indirect election
B
gave traditional rulers political power
C
gave wide powers to councilors
D
empowered chairman to appoint their secretaries
E
harmonized local government structure in Nigeria

Answer: E

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Q58
The Legislative Council under the 1946 constitution in Nigeria had a total of
A
40 members
B
45 members
C
48 members
D
50 members
E
55 members

Answer: C

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Q59
By the 1979 constitution, the president has all the following powers except;
A
signing of bills into law
B
control of the civil service
C
preparation and presentation of annual budget
D
swearing of new President
E
proclamation of a state of emergency

Answer: D

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Q60

Nigeria was formally divided into three regions under the constitution of;

A

1922

B

1946

C

1951

D

1954

E

1960

Answer: B

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