How do I create a Multiple Choice question?

You can create a multiple choice question for your students.

Add Question

Add Question

With the Questions tab [1] selected inside a new quiz, click the New Question button [2].

Set Name, Type, and Points

Set Name, Type, and Points

Quiz questions are not automatically numbered for instructors. To add a custom name to your quiz question, enter the name in the question text field [1]. Custom names can help you identify quiz questions more easily. Regardless of the question name, students always see quiz questions in numerical order (i.e. Question 1, Question 2).

Click the drop-down menu and select the Multiple Choice question type [2].

Enter number of points the question is worth (quiz totals are calculated based on combined total of questions) [3].

Edit Multiple Choice Question Details

Edit Multiple Choice Question Details

To build a multiple choice question, you will need to enter the following details:

  1. The question text (use the Rich Content Editor to include video, images, math equations, or flash activities)
  2. Question response options
  3. Text for the feedback bubbles under each answer and/or at the end of the question

Create Answers with Rich Content Editor

Create Answers with Rich Content Editor

To create your answer with the Rich Content Editor, hover over the response and click the Edit icon. This switch will allow you to post video, audio, math equations, and more in the answer response. Click Done when finished.

Note: Comment fields do not support the Rich Content Editor.

Add or Delete Answers

Add or Delete Answers

Click the Delete icon [1] to the right of an answer to delete it. Click the Add Another Answer link [2] to create as many distractors as you like. Multiple Choice questions can have more than four answers.

View Correct Answer

View Correct Answer

Correct responses are indicated in green, while incorrect responses are in red.

By default, the text in the first answer field is the answer that will be considered correct by Canvas. The correct answer is identified by a solid green arrow [1] next to the answer, and the answer's feedback bubble [2] is also green.

Change Correct Answer

Change Correct Answer

To select another response as the correct answer, hover your cursor to the left of the answer you want to reveal a faded green "ghost" arrow. Click the arrow.

The arrow will become solid green [1], and the feedback bubble [2] will also turn green to indicate the correct answer has changed.

Enter Feedback Text

Enter Feedback Text

You can choose give students feedback in the feedback bubbles. Give feedback for each answer [1] beneath each answer. You can also create answer responses for the quiz question as a whole [2]. This means that students who selected the correct answer will see the feedback in the green bubble. Students who selected any incorrect answer will see the feedback in the red bubble. All students will see the feedback in the blue bubble.   

Each text box can be expanded in size by clicking and dragging the handle at the bottom-right of the text box.

Update Question

Update Question

Click the Update Question button.

Save Quiz

Save Quiz

Click the Save button to save your work on your quiz.

Publish Quiz

Publish Quiz

To preview the quiz, click the Preview button [1]. When you are ready for students to see the quiz in the course, click the Publish button [2].

Quiz Regrade

If you need to edit a Multiple Choice question after publishing the quiz, you can use quiz regrade to edit quiz questions and tell Canvas to update grades for students who have already taken the quiz.

Note: Adding or deleting answers from a question with submissions disables the option to regrade that question.

Student View of Multiple Choice Question

Student View of Multiple Choice Question

This is what students see when they encounter a Multiple Choice question in a quiz.

Student View of Multiple Choice Correct Answer

Student View of Multiple Choice Correct Answer

This is what students see if they are allowed to see correct answers after submitting the quiz.

Students can see which response was correct by viewing the green flag [1]. Credit is assigned if the student answers a Multiple Choice question correctly [2]. Notice that the blue feedback bubble appears whether or not the student answers this question correctly [3].

Student View of Multiple Choice Incorrect Answer

Student View of Multiple Choice Incorrect Answer

This is what students see if they are allowed to see correct answers after submitting the quiz.

Students can see which response was incorrect by viewing the red flag [1]. No credit is assigned if the student answers a Multiple Choice question incorrectly [2]. Notice that the blue feedback bubble appears whether or not the student answers this question correctly [3].