Quiz - create a quiz essay question

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The essay question in quiz requires manual grading (marking).


  1. Open the quiz and either:
    • Edit the quiz, click on an Add link on the right side of the page, and select + a new question.
    • Open the question bank and click on the Create a new question button

  2. Select Essay and click Add
  3. Give the question a name (this is seen by teachers only) and fill in the Question text. You will probably want to change the Default mark to a number higher than 1
    enter a category, question name, question text, and default mark

  4. Provide general question feedback
    general feedback

  5. Set the student's Response options:

    1. If the response requires that students enter text, you can set up a minimum/maximum number of words that each student will be allowed to submit.

    2. If you want students to upload a file, select Allow attachments and choose a number from the drop-down menu (Note: if students are required to write a long essay as part of a quiz, we strongly recommend they write it in Word and either upload the file or copy and paste into the response box).

    3. You can also list specific file types (e.g. docx, pdf, etc.) if you want to restrict what types of files students can submit.

    4. You can also set a maximum file size limit for the attachments.
      select allow attachments and choose from the drop down menu

  6. Click Save changes

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