The first time I tried quiz questions on moodle I didn’t like the seemingly knowledge, comprehension only level, right wrong, rigidly structured, fact recall nature of them.

Then I realized it was how I was using the questions, not the questions. Blame the operator, not the moodle! I started to play with adding images and asking a series of questions about the images. I would mix different types, some short answer, true false, numerical, and multiple choice.

Then I discovered the embedded cloze question type. I caution you now, there is no WYSIWYG editor, but that’s the best part! With a few simple curly brackets you can create a series of questions, instead of just one question, off all different types, intertwined with text and pictures. The lovely help question mark circles how you how to format the questions, it’s really not that hard, you don’t even have to know HTML. I won’t go into a long winded explanation of how to format the information in the curly brackets, as the moodle question circle does a fantastic job, just look there!

Here is an example of what you would put in the question text box:

Petronia is person number {1:NUMERICAL:1~2~=3~4~5} She is carrying {1:MULTICHOICE: A sword~A jug~=Julius~Tiro} Everyone in this picture is rushing towards {1:MULTICHOICE: The Beach~Pompeii~Rome~The Bathhouse~=A Boat Chamber}

It comes out looking like this (I also inserted a picture):
This is a very simple example. Below is a more complex interpretation with a table and twenty drop down menus. It is important to note that this is only ONE quiz question.
Each picture has a drop down menu with the twenty possible options underneath. The students have to choose the correct caption for each photo. It is an excellent exercise that can be applied to all sorts of subject areas. This is just an example of the Multichoice option with a drop down menu. There are also traditional multiple choice select the dot options in both a vertical and horizontal row, numerical response, and short answer response.