Underline Answer

Advantage: Specific answer type.

Disadvantage: It can make the student insecure if the answer consists of several words.

Suitability: Appropriate for questions that ask to distinguish between:

  • what is true and false (e.g. anamnestic conversations),
  • what is important and unimportant, etc.


Two suggestions for the specific application of this answer type:

Use as a modified multiple-choice question
With the use of an underline answer instead of a multiple-choice answer, it is possible to sort out the answers, whereas otherwise there would be a long list of answer suggestions.
For example: To interpret an ECG, the possible findings are listed, whereas all findings that belong together can occur in one line (“Rhythm: sinus rhythm, sinus arrhythmia, …; Status: left type, ….”) 

Use as a cloze question
The advantage over a cloze answer is that the terms only have to be underlined, there is no need to enter the terms actively.
For example: The ECG shows a (left type, right type, indifferent type).


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