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Short answer questions

The short answer question requires students to supply the appropriate words, numbers, or symbols to answer a question or complete a statement. Reserve short answer questions for situations when supplying the answer is a necessary part of the learning outcome to be measured, such as:

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Tips for writing short answer question

Example

Indefinite: What is a red corpuscle? _________________

Better: What structure in the blood carries oxygen to the cells of the human body?____________

Best: Which of the cells found in the human body carries oxygen to all other living cells?______________

Example

Original: An ____________ weighs less than a pound.

Revised: What unit of measurement is exactly 1/16th of a pound?_________

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