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Which of these is the most serious problem with the use of 'fill-in-the-blank'?
It tests spelling
It makes a quiz tough and unpopular
Choosing a helpful hint is hard
It's often very hard to predict all the correct versions of the answer
You want to ask for the name of the most northerly German 'Land' (or state), and the answer is Schleswig-Holstein. Why are you not allowed to use 'fill-in-the-blank' for this question?
The answer is hard to spell
Answers requiring punctuation are not allowed in 'fill-in-the-blank'
The answer involves a foreign name
It's impossible to give a hint
Which of these types of questions are inherently unsuitable for 'fill-in-the-blank'?
Those with several different correct spellings of the answer
Those where there are different ways of representing the answer
Those requiring a list as an answer
All of these
One should never use 'fill-in-the-blank' questions?
In a question you refer to Queen Elizabeth I (of England) as 'the bastard daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn'. What is the biggest problem of all with this?
It's simply incorrect
It will give English people taking the quiz a tantrum
It's one-sided opinion presented as fact
Even in this context the word 'bastard' is profane
You ask which European country once ruled Sri Lanka and your answer is Britain. It's a multiple choice question and one of the incorrect choices is the Netherlands. Is there a problem?
You ask what caused the First World War, and your answer is 'the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand'. Perhaps you were even taught this at school, so what's the problem?
The causes of the outbreak of WWI are a matter of debate
Some historians maintain that the German General Staff and the German government deliberately exacerbated the crisis in June-July, 1914
The answer you give assumes that the crisis caused by the assassination could not have been contained
All of these
You want to ask which warship finished off the crippled Bismarck in May, 1941. Some websites say it was HMS Devonshire, others that it was HMS Dorsetshire. What is the most sensible next step?
Post the question on a question-and-answer site
Try a different approach, such as finding out about HMS Devonshire and HMS Dorsetshire
Look at ten websites on the Bismarck and go along with the majority
Opt for the answer that's first in alphabetical order
In a currency quiz you ask how the Australian dollar is subdivided, and your answer is '100 Australian cents'. What is the problem with this kind of question?
All modern currencies called 'the dollar' are divided into 100 cents
It's misleading as there is no Australian dollar
The answer is inaccurate
All of these
You ask what brought Mussolini to power in 1922, and your only answer is 'The failure of Italian Liberalism'. This is not untrue, so is there still a problem?
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Compiled Apr 08 13