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Multiple choice questions

"Multiple choice questions" are a way to implement a "reading comprehension test" to determine that the text served has been actually read, and in this sense the solution exceeds the requirements inasmuch as a read text (of a certain value) typically is not fully understood, but just, "understood to some degree", with reference to the intellectual contents of the reader in that specific time. On the other side, we simply couldn't rely on the amount of scroll as a meaningful indicator that the text was read "to some degree", and for this reason, in the absence of a scan of mind miniaturized in the user's device (which hypothetically might measure precisely the portions of text actually read, and the kind of comprehension for each of them) we opted for "Multiple choice questions" as an appreciable compromise, given that you might equally go through the text of which to provide proof of understanding, quite chaotically and instructing yourself to just recognizing the elements useful for passing the test: so that, in this case, the solution would not exceed the requirements and would appear to be perfectly adequate.

Currently (November 2020) a "Multiple choice questions" test is implemented as a parser function in the following form:


At what time the family members gather together ?
- 20
- 21
+ 17
- 19 

| What does"reumi" mean ?
- dialectal variation for "remi"
- a typo
- a piece of clothing in vogue at that time
+ designation of diseases or disorders in the rheumatic area

which, on the front-end, will produce this result.

How it works/Multiple choice questions/multiple choice questions.jpg

where the reader can interactively answer the questions and then incrementally revealing subsequent parts of text.

Of the wiki-text above is just to be noted the following:

  • (every partner organization of Cultura italiana can upload their preferred books (we will write as soon as possible some guidelines at this purpose) and inserting multiple choice questions created by them)
  • the "right" answer is prefixed with a "plus" and the "distractors" with a dash
  • the answers are automatically shuffled on the front-end, so there is no need to place them in a specific order: sometimes education providers gave to their students tests of which the right answer was always placed at the same position, but of course that's not a good practice, and might have been conceived to permit fraud
  • the questions are separated by a "pipe", as usual for wiki parser function, and you can set an arbitrary number of questions with an arbitrary number of answers for each of them, given that a group might not contain more than 3 questions with 6 answers for each of them, and we might pose such limit following.
  • "Multiple choice questions" are implemented through a custom "parser function" rather than through a template because their inherent functioning: they conceal the subsequent part of the page to users not logged in on the back-end (while logged in users can access all the page, since they are supposed to create the tests themselves) and on the front-end they act as shown: furthermore, on the front-end, they are completed with a score system, based on the number of answers of each group, and the number of attempts. Here is the same example on the back-end. Also, they automatically add a Mediawiki's Tracking category "Pages with multiple choice questions" so that they can be easily monitored, either "programmatically" or manually.

It is worth to add that the "concealed" portions of text are not to be considered confidential information and the system, specifically on the back-end, given the nature of a wiki open to the public, might be hacked. Also, the same contents can be found on the Internet on open access, so here the purpose is just to offer a text with some added value (a "streamlined" navigation, additional notes to the text, in fact, "multiple choice questions", and more) rather than actually preventing access to it: of course, the purpose is specularly opposite to that, and an enterprising user who manages to access the contents in some ingenious way, has not yet demonstrated to having read, and understood "to some extent", "Serate d'inverno" of Maria Antonietta Torriani, in this case.