Identifying Flawed Multiple Choice Items


For the following items,
  • determine the correct answer
  • identify the flaw with the multiple-choice question that reveals the answer

To demonstrate the process, we're using nonsensical items that still have a "correct" answer that can be identified through the poorly wriiten item. You don't require any content understanding to get a perfect score on this test, because of the poorly written items.

We provide an overview of the items at the end of this page:



1.) The usual purpose of kurge forcers is to extract:
a. kurges
b. sanges
c. calcs
d. bramids

2.) Cellification occurs:
a. in the morning
b. on winter nights, provided there is no snow before dusk
c. in August
d. in January

3.) Celopons are more likely to get hundritis because:
a. their conigs are always bent
b. all of their jornigs are located within the camshons
c. their phylons are usually rounded
d. none of their sorphons contain liquid

4.) Selective borzing is usually found in an:
a. bilonger
b. jaygon
c. luemper
d. alapino

5.) Which are exceptions to the theory of localability?
a. the nafrin and the jaster
b. the lesser porcin
c. the common zefer
d. the flanged vorillium

6.) Which must be present for halcification to take place?
a. mygin and confer
b. mygin
c. struke and mygin
d. mygin and sorifin

7.) What is a common characteristic of an alapino?
a. frequent grom-running
b. infrequent haldration
c. selective borzing
d. uneven yelderment

8.) Which of these is the correct answer:
a.
b.
c.
d.

(Scoll below the line to see the answers and reflection of the item flaws.)












Question 1
Correct answer: A; the item uses the answer in the wording of the stem, a common multiple-choice item flaw

Question 2
Correct answer: B; this item has an over-elaborate answer, making it more qualified and lengthy compared to the distractors

Question 3
Correct answer: C; this item mixes definites (always, never) with a single indefinite (sometimes, usually) revealing the answer

Question 4
Correct answer: D; grammatical structure (the article "an" in this case) can give away the answer in a flawed question

Question 5
Correct answer: A; by using the plural "exceptions", the answer has to have more than one element

Question 6
Correct answer: B; if B isn't the answer, then none of the others can technically be answers either

Question 7
Correct answer: C; the answer to this question is provided in the stem of question 4

Question 8
Correct answer: D; just follow the pattern of correct answers from all the previous questions, D is next.


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