Feb. 9th, 2017

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This was last week's quiz in my video game class:

(1) What sport does Tidus play?

(2) Who are the first people Tidus encounters after he leaves Zanarkand?

(3) What is the name of the island where Tidus eventually washes up?

(4) What does Yuna become after she completes her trial in the island temple?

(5) What do you think is the main visual motif of Final Fantasy X?

(6) How would you describe Tidus's attitude regarding his father?


Almost everyone got the answer to the third question wrong. What I learned from this is that I need to be careful about proper nouns. Even if a word is written and repeated multiple times in the game, the students may not remember and internalize it until we've discussed it in class.

Although there are multiple possible answers to the fifth question, about half of the students got it "wrong" because they didn't understand what I meant by "visual motif." One of the students asked me to explain what the term means during the quiz, and I did my best, but this last-minute impromptu mini-lecture was apparently not effective. I need to remember that, when it comes to the majority of undergraduates, they're really starting from zero.

The students suggested that I write multiple-choice questions, but I'm not interested in testing passive knowledge. Because I have to print everything out at home, I'm also not too terribly interested in writing quizzes that take up more than the front side of one sheet of paper. There is an art to constructing quizzes, and I suppose I'll have to figure it out as I go along.


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