How do I create a Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks question?

You can create a question that has multiple blanks for students to type in their responses. You can create a sentence with multiple fill-in-the banks, as demonstrated in this lesson, or you can use the same steps to create a list.

Create a New Question

Create a New Question

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

Select Fill-In-Multiple-Blanks Question Type

Select Fill-In-Multiple-Blanks Question Type

Click the drop-down menu and select the Fill-In-Multiple-Blanks question type.

Complete Question Details

Complete Question Details

Create a title for your question [1]. In the points box [2], enter the number of points the question is worth (quiz totals are calculated based on combined total of questions).

Enter Question Details

Enter Question Details

Type your question into the Rich Content Editor question box. You can also use the Rich Content Editor to include video, images, math equations, or flash activities.

Create Reference Words

Create Reference Words

Now replace the words you want students to enter in the question with reference words. Reference words should be surrounded by brackets. Reference words between the brackets must not contain spaces. Once you place a word in brackets, the word will populate in the Show Possible Answers for drop-down menu.

For example, red has been replaced with [color1], and blue has been replaced with [color2].

Enter Answer Responses for First Reference Word

Enter Answer Responses for First Reference Word

A student will not get full credit for an answer if it is left blank, misspelled, or is incorrect. For each item in the dropdown menu, instructors must try to account for all of the possible correct answers that a student might give. Currently, fill-in-multiple-blanks answers are not case sensitive. Partial credit will be assigned if only one of the fields is filled out correctly.

Select the first reference word in the drop-down list and type the different versions of the right answer in the Possible Answer fields [1]. You can add comments for each answer if you wish [2]. Click Add Another Answer to add more answer fields [3].

Note: If a student does not enter any of the possible answers but still submits a valid response, instructors may need to manually grade the quiz to restore points that they lost.

Enter Answer Responses for Additional Reference Words

Enter Answer Responses for Additional Reference Words

Select the second item in the drop-down menu to create associated answers. Repeat this process for as many reference words as are in your question.

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

Click the Preview button [1] if you want to verify the quiz before you publish it. When you are ready, click the Publish button [2].

Student View for Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks Question

Student View for Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks Question

This is what students see when they encounter a Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks question.

Student View for Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks Feedback

If you allow students to see the correct answers, they will see correct responses marked with a green flag [1]. Their response will be marked with a red flag [2] and the correct response marked with a gray flag [3]. Partial credit will be assigned if some of the blanks are completed correctly [4].

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