How Do I Create a Multiple Dropdown Quiz Question?

You can create a question that has multiple options for students to select in their response. You can create a sentence with multiple answers, 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 Multiple Dropdowns question type [2].

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


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. Once you place a word in brackets, the word will populate in the Show Possible Answers for drop-down menu.

For example, King Henry VIII has been replaced with [monarch1], and Anglican Church has been replaced with [church1].


Enter Answer Responses for First Reference Word


For each item in the drop-down menu, instructors must write one correct answer and all of the other distractors. Type the correct answer and the distractors in the Possible Answer fields [1]. Click the Add Answer link [2] to add additional distractors.  


Choose Correct Answer


Hover your cursor to the left of any answer. The hover text will appear to say Click to set this answer as correct. Click to the left of the correct answer. You will know which answer is the correct answer because both the arrow and the answer comment around that answer will turn green. In this example, the second answer is the correct answer.


Enter Answer Responses for Additional Reference Words


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


Enter Feedback Text


You can choose to give students feedback in the answer comments fields. To leave feedback for a specific answer, click the comment field beneath the answer [1].

You can also create general answer comments for the quiz question as a whole [2]. Students who select the correct answer will see the feedback in the green comment field. Students who select any incorrect answer will see the feedback in the red comment field. All students will see the feedback in the blue comment field.   

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


Update Question


When you are done, click to Create Question.


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

Add additional individual questions as needed.


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