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jepolito1
Jepolito1  (Level: 36.9 - Posts: 18)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 9:11 AM

JUST A QUESTION ABOUT QUIZ-MAKING

After one of my quizzes was reviewed, I received a comment from my quiz-reviewer that it would have been a more-appealing quiz if I had put the questions actually in the form of a question. I listed a few characters from a classic piece of literature, and the quiz-taker had to pick the piece of literature that contained the characters mentioned.

My queston to you:

As quiz-takers, would you rather take a quiz where the question part of the quiz is actually posed in question-form? Does that make a quiz more appealing to you?

Thanks for the feedback,
Jenn

jedley
Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 9:32 AM

No, I don't feel the question format has any bearing on the quality of a quiz. In fact, forcing the kind of quiz you describe into a question format would have ruined it.


Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Thu, 5th Jan '06 10:29 AM

To place questions in a sentence context or not is a point often debated by the quiz editors, and almost never agreed on. It's a matter of personal taste. I'm sure the editor who approved your quiz was just voicing their preference. It would have absolutely no bearing on whether or not your quiz would be approved.
-Rather Unsploofable

kravfighter
Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 10:38 AM

I enjoy both kinds of quizzes, but I do know that I typically (not always) think more highly of a quiz that has questions - especially informative questions. Some quiz writers are very good at putting interesting bits of info. into the questions. I also know that it usually takes a quiz writer longer in general to write these types of questions. Anyone can list information, but it usually takes more effort to write a good question.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 10:45 AM

If it's very clear in the description that these will all be characters from literature than I am okay with it I guess...but if the questions mix up characters and actors from movies and TV and some books, then it gets confusing and a more complete question would be helpful.

It doesn't have to be a big long involved question...and can even still be a statement or phrase, but with a bit more info rather than just a name or two or three.

It's not that hard, and a bit clearer, to change "Tom, Huck, Becky" to "Tom, Huck and Becky appear in what novel?".

IMHO

Sploofus Editor
Sploofloops (Editor)  
Thu, 5th Jan '06 12:21 PM

As Unsploofable mentioned, it's been a topic of debate for the editors.

I typically prefer a complete question. It's just better writing. However, when the entire point of the quiz is to identify something from a list of clues, then I would much rather not see the same question (with slight variations in the clues) typed ten times.

"John, Paul, Ringo" and "Mick, Keith, Brian" works much better for me in a "Name that British Invasion Group" quiz than "John, Paul, and Ringo were members of what band?" and "Mick, Keith, and Brian were members of what band?" After 3-4 questions, that pasted form gets old for me, and is unnecessary.






redbaron
Redbaron  (Level: 198.1 - Posts: 296)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 1:59 PM

As long as the goal is clear, I don't care whether there's an actual question for the clue or not. When the basic quiz question is the same for the entire quiz, I actually prefer simple clues, not questions for the sake of questions. For example, if someone were doing a Periodic Table quiz where the goal for the whole quiz was to identify the correct symbol for a given element, then just listing the element name rather than "The element [whatever] has what symbol on the Periodic Table?" over and over again is more attractive.

All just IMHO...

Will

jepolito1
Jepolito1  (Level: 36.9 - Posts: 18)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 2:20 PM

I, myself, like the simplicity also; as opposed to turning it into a question for the sake of it being in the form of a question.

Thank you--this has been an interesting thread.

Jenn

jedley
Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 3:30 PM

Forgive me, Jenn, but I can't help point out that, in preferring simplicity, you write:
"I, myself, like the simplicity also; as opposed to turning it into a question for the sake of it being in the form of a question" (26 words, 3 internal punctuation marks).
As opposed to "I too prefer simplicity over imposing the question format on all clues" (12 words, no punctuation).
Again, forgive me, I musta been a spinster schoolmarm in a previous life!....
Anyway, the point is, I'm on your side!
Jed

redbaron
Redbaron  (Level: 198.1 - Posts: 296)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 4:06 PM

Sorry, Jed, but that really should be "I, too, prefer..." But your version does have fewer words...

Will

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.2 - Posts: 1120)
Thu, 5th Jan '06 6:41 PM

Actually it should be" We aint gotta ax questions jis make it plain."


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