How Do I Create a Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks Quiz 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.


Add Question


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


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 Fill In Multiple Blanks question type [2].

Enter number of points the question is worth (quiz totals are calculated based on combined total of questions) [3]. Partial credit for this question will be assigned if some of the blanks are completed correctly.


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


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, Henry VIII has been replaced with [monarch1], and grant him a divorce has been replaced with [action1].


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 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]. To remove a Possible Answer, click the X to the right of that Possible Answer [3]. Click Add Answer to add more answer fields [4].

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


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

Click the Create Question button


If you are modifying an existing question, instead click the Update Question button.

Add additional individual questions as needed.

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