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placement of blanks in fill-in-the blank questions

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Amy Rountree

I would like to put my blanks in fill-in-the-blank questions within the question and even embedded within a table, for example, if I have a table of x and y values and I want students to put their answers into blanks right in the table. Right now I'm getting around this by labeling my blanks with letters and putting the blanks by letters below. Is there some way to embed blanks in a table? 

I'm having trouble making my blanks behave, however. I've found that if I hit return and two spaces, I am usually able to put text before and after a blank, but not always. 

Any advice for getting my blanks to go where I want them to? 

 

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Bruce Sharp

Hi Amy! Yes, you can absolutely put fill-in blanks in tables. Look at the example below. (You really just need to look at the code for the table.) You can also use a similar technique for matching questions with the inline and dropdown menu option. The student would click in the table cell to see the dropdown menu of matching choices. Their selection would appear in the table cell. For that you put [----] for the answer space (I could be off on the number of "-".)

Type: F
Options: Multiple
Score: 6, Partial
Var: a.1 = A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H
Var: a.2 = B,C,D,E,F,G,H,J
Var: a.3 = C,D,E,F,G,H,J,K
Var: b.1 = L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S
Var: b.2 = M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T
Var: b.3 = N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U
2) [HTML]Complete the statement of proportionality for the sides of the triangles. Then state which angles are congruent between the triangles.<br>
   Given `$\Delta $a.1$$a.2$$a.3$  \sim \Delta $b.1$$b.2$$b.3$ $`<br>
   <br>
   <table><tbody>
   <tr>
   <td style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center; padding: 5px;">$a.1$$a.2$</td>
   <td style="padding: 5px;" rowspan="2">=</td>
   <td style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center; padding: 5px;">____</td>
   <td style="padding: 5px;" rowspan="2">=</td>
   <td style="border-bottom: 2px solid black; text-align: center; padding: 5px;">$a.1$$a.3$</td>
   </tr>
   <tr>
   <td style="text-align:center; padding: 5px;">____</td>
   <td style="text-align:center; padding: 5px;">$b.2$$b.3$</td>
   <td style="text-align:center; padding: 5px;">____</td></tr></tbody></table>
   <br>
   `$\angle $a.2$ \cong \angle $`____ ;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;`$\angle $a.3$ \cong \angle $`____;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;`$\angle $a.1$ \cong \angle $`____[/HTML]
[0.16666666666666666]a. $a.2$$a.3$
[0.16666666666666666]   $a.3$$a.2$
[0.16666666666666666]b. $b.1$$b.2$
[0.16666666666666666]   $b.2$$b.1$
[0.16666666666666666]c. $b.1$$b.3$
[0.16666666666666666]   $b.3$$b.1$
[0.16666666666666666]d. $b.2$
[0.16666666666666666]e. $b.3$
[0.16666666666666666]f. $b.1$

 

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