How do I create a Multiple Answers question?

You can create a question that has multiple answers in it.

Note: This question type awards a fraction of the points available for each correct answer selection and subtracts an equivalent fraction for incorrect answer selection.

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 Answers question type [2].

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

Edit Multiple Answers Question Details

Edit Multiple Answers Question Details

To build a Multiple Answers 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 text
  3. Text for the feedback bubbles under each correct 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 the edit icon to close the Rich Content Editor.

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

Add or Delete Answers

Add or Delete Answers

Click the Add Another Answer [1] link to create as many correct answers and distractors as you like. If you want to delete a response, hover over the response and click the Delete icon [2].

Select Correct Answers

Select Correct Answers

Multiple Answers questions can have more than one correct answer. Hover your cursor to the left of any answer to reveal a green "ghost" arrow. Click the green arrow to the left of the correct answers. You will know which answers are marked as correct responses because both the arrow and the feedback bubble below the answer field will turn green. In this example, the second and third answers are marked as correct. Students are required to select all correct answers to get full credit.

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 Answers 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. However, this option only works for regrading existing questions, not deleting questions completely.

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

Student View for Multiple Answers Question

Student View for Multiple Answers Question

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

Student View for Multiple Answers Feedback

Student View for Multiple Answers Feedback

If you allow students to see the correct answers, correct responses are marked with a green flag [1]. Incorrect responses will be marked with a red flag [2] and any correct answers not indicated by the student are marked with a gray flag [3].

Note: This question type awards a fraction of the points available for each correct answer selection and subtracts an equivalent fraction for incorrect answer selection. For example, the example above is worth 1 point and has 4 response choices: 2 are correct and 2 are incorrect. Each correct answer is worth .5 points. If a student selects one of the right answers and one of the incorrect options, the student would earn .5 point for their correct answer, but then that amount would subtract .5 point for the incorrect answer, bringing the point total to 0.