Your help needed please…

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The above was very much an experiment in doing a quiz, but also, I’d love to get your opinions on quiz question writing styles as I don’t know what stats I’ll get from the plugin yet.Particularly interested in multiple choice vs plain test of knowledge. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

12 thoughts on “Your help needed please…

    • AnnaBookBel says:

      I want to look at some structures for lit quizzes.on various media.. need question difficulty gauged

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    The quiz structure itself is fine, but the example here is one that I would have no idea about because I don’t read Hardy. I like being able to actually answer a question cold, but tbh multiple choice is probably a bit easer. For example, with the Oxford Dictionary type quizzes I can usually have a reasonable punt at the multiple choice – a reasonably well read person can make an educated guess at these but not necessarily produce the answer without a prompt. Interesting!

    • AnnaBookBel says:

      I think I’ve not picked the best example – was trying to frame a question based on a set of facts three ways – easy, med, hard – but picked a med-hard one. Should have gone for something more Agatha Christie-ish methinks. Thanks anyway.

  2. sharkell says:

    Ditto to Kaggsy – all hard for me as I haven’t read Hardy. If it is something many people will not know best to have multiple choice answers.

  3. Theresa says:

    OK, Jude the Obscure was easy for me (because I know the answer!), but medium to hard for the average quizzer, I suspect. If you have read the book, you will of course remember that he lived somewhere based on Oxford. I couldn’t immediately bring Christminster to mind. It’s a while since I read the book.

  4. MarinaSofia says:

    It’s been a while since I read Hardy, so I found some of it hard, some of it easy. I think multiple choice would have helped with my recall – and gives everyone a chance to get some of the answers right by accident!

  5. Dark Puss says:

    All but one “Hard” for me. I think the suggestion of some multiple-choice is a very good one but I suggest you use negative marking for wrong answers so that the random “stick a pin in” approach doesn’t generate a positive score.

    • AnnaBookBel says:

      Thanks. You can tell I’m not an expert with these quiz/poll widgets. I’m experimenting for an idea I have but it doesn’t translate from web which suits mult. choice to page which historically suits graded questions more…

  6. Liz Dexter says:

    I’m a big Hardy fan and I didn’t know the last one. I prefer multiple choice but with good not silly options. Good luck with whatever you’re doing this for!

  7. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review says:

    I knew the first answer but I haven’t read the book. I had to mark the second two questions hard because I didn’t know the answers, but I don’t know that I’d consider them hard as such…they weren’t terribly obscure.

    Multiple choice vs. open ended is an interesting question. It’s more challenging without the choices, because they can jog the memory or help with educated guesses. But too challenging can be frustrating if the answers are not easily at hand.

    Good luck with your project!

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