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Create Paragraph and Short Answer Questions

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In the main lesson, you created a quiz using multiple choice and true-false questions.

In this extension, you will add short answer and paragraph questions to your quiz.

Short answer and paragraph questions allow quiz takers to type in their own responses to questions, so they demonstrate their understanding of a topic in their own words.

Short answer questions require one or two word answers.

Paragraph questions require longer responses, often several sentences.

To start, open your quiz to add more questions.

Or, start a new quiz.

To ask the quiz taker to type in a specific answer, such as a name, plot point, or idea, add a short answer question.

The multiple choice questions you added in the main lesson test how well someone recognizes a term or information.

A short answer question asks them to recall information from memory, rather than choosing it from a list.

For each short answer question you include, add an answer key.

If your short answer question has one or more possible responses, provide those in the answer key.

The answer key tells the computer or the quiz grader the correct answer to the question.

The question can be automatically graded by the computer to mark other answers as wrong.

Add more possible answers with similar spellings, if you’d like.

This keeps the computer from marking an answer as incorrect because it was not capitalized correctly or was slightly misspelled.

Review answers by hand later, to make sure the grading is accurate.

If a quiz taker spells a word incorrectly, their answer may be marked incorrect by the computer.

Then, add a point value for your question.

If your quiz has a mix of multiple choice and short answer questions, typically the short answer or paragraph questions have a higher value, but you can choose any grading scale you’d like.

Next, add a paragraph question.

Paragraph questions ask quiz takers to answer a question using several sentences that they write in their own words.

Paragraph questions are an effective way to ask a quiz taker to show their understanding of a topic.

You might ask them to summarize a plot point... reflect on the significance of an event...

or explain a topic to show how well they understand it...

The computer can’t automatically grade paragraph questions, so you won’t include a correct answer in the answer key.

You can change the settings so the quiz-taker must provide an answer with a minimum length.

Set a specific character count.

This helps ensure that quiz takers explain their answers fully.

A minimum character count encourages the quiz taker to give a more thorough answer.

A maximum length limits responses for a more precise answer.

Set the point value to zero.

When you’re grading the quiz, you can add the additional value for paragraph answers to the total.

Then, preview your quiz.

Make any changes, if necessary.

Finally, share your quiz with your teacher or classmate.

Nice work!

Now, it’s your turn: Open your existing quiz, or start a new quiz.

Add a short answer question to your quiz.

Update the answer key and assign a point value.

Add a paragraph question to your quiz.

And set the point value to zero.

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