Did you know that multiple choice tests are the worst that can be administered? Of course, teachers (including I) love them because they’re easy to grade. However, it’s better for the students’ learning to give open-ended, short answer, or critical thinking questions. Students can play with multiple choice tests, and the teacher never knows if the answers were merely guesses. Naturally, it’s this kind of test that’s used for standardization and entrance exams – again, they’re easy to grade! When I really wanted to evaluate my students’ knowledge in a particular area, I always used open-ended questions. They require a lot of reading on the teacher’s part, but I could also determine weaknesses and strengths. Do they ‘get it,’ or should I reteach that subject in a different format? I did succumb to many MC tests, though – that’s what came with most texts!
Now that I’ve cleared that up (as if anyone cared!) I’ll be giving you one now!
1. My Christmas decorations have been taken down and packed up. I see one item that I’ve forgotten (a door wreath.) Do I
a. Just leave it there. Maybe no one will notice.
b. Take it down and put it in the right bin.
c. Toss it – I’m trying to downsize.
d. Decorate it for Valentines, Easter, and other holidays.
2. I just finished a book that I hated to see end. It was that good! Do I
a. Reread the book.
b. Reread sections that appealed to me.
c. Just return it to the library.
d. Wait for the movie.
3. I’m feeling fatigued, but I planned to do some cooking. Do I
a. Tell my husband to do it.
b. Take a short nap, then cook.
c. Forget about it – it’s only cooking and not that important.
d. Dive right in, cook, and feel more tired.
4. I owe some people a phone call, but I’m beginning to hate being on the phone. Do I
a. Wait for the person to call me back
b. Write an email or note and explain that phone calls are difficult.
c. Forget about it.
d. Just make the call and get tired.
5. I see an item that I really want (an arty machine) but I really can’t justify buying something frivolous. Do I
a. Forget about it – it isn’t something I need.
b. Save up my pennies until I have enough to rationalize the purchase.
c. Just buy it – I deserve a treat.
d. Ask someone to buy it for me.
6. It’s getting very cold out, but I hate wearing heavy coats. Do I
a. Stuff myself into a heavy coat and be uncomfortable for a short time
b. Add a sweater and wear the lighter weight coat.
c. Stay inside.
d. Wear the coat to the car, then remove it.
7. If I make an appointment with this new neurologist, I know he’ll want an MRI. I hate having them done because of the hassle of changing, walking around with the walker, etc. Do I
a. Get it done anyway, despite the discomforts
b. Negotiate with the doctor and imaging clinic.
c. Forget about it.
d. Pretend there’s nothing wrong.
8. A friend of mine has begun to lie a lot, and I’m beginning to question her veracity on anything now. Do I
a. Call her on it each time I find her lying.
b. Just leave it go – she’s a good person at heart.
c. Drop her as a friend – liars can’t be trusted.
d. Ask other people if they’ve noticed it.
9. I’ve seen some interesting, no-cost decorating ideas, but I can’t do them alone. Do I
a. Forget about them.
b. Ask for help and do a minimal version.
c. Just bite the bullet and do it myself.
d. Stop watching/reading about decorating.
10. I noticed halfway through this that I’ve been putting periods instead of question marks after the choices. Do I
a. Go back and correct all the mistakes.
b. Leave it alone – readers will understand
c. Don’t mention it and let others think you’re stupid.
d. Don’t write this kind of post again.
Each of these has been a recent situation for me. How well do you know me? I’ll give you the answers tomorrow!