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Matching questions

Matching questions consist of a column of key words presented on the left side of the page and a column of options placed on the right side of the page. Students are required to match the options associated with a given key word(s).

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Tips for writing matching questions

Example

Original question: From Column II, select the name or date that is associated with the statement in Column I. Record your choice on the line preceding the question number. Each answer may be used only one time.

Column I Column II
___ 1.  

The year in which the Declaration of Independence was signed.

  1. George Washington
  2. Benjamin Franklin
  3. Barry Bonds
  4. 1777
  5. 1861
___ 2.  

The first President of the United States.

___ 3.  

The year in which the Civil War began.

___ 4.  

The baseball player who holds the home run record.

___ 5.  

The inventor of bifocals.

Problems with this original question:

Example

Better question: Several inventions of historical significance are listed in Column I. For each question, select the name in Column II which is associated with that invention. Record your choice on the line preceding the question number. Remember that an answer may be used only one time.

Column I

____ 1.  airplane
____ 2.  steamboat
____ 3.  automobile
____ 4.  radio
____ 5.  iron stoves
____ 6.  television

Column II

a.  John Baird
b.  Sir Frederick Banting
c.  Henry Ford
d.  Benjamin Franklin
e.  Robert Fulton
f.  Marchese Marconi
g.  Orville Wright

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