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Parts of a multiple choice question:

A traditional multiple choice question (or item) is one in which a student chooses one answer from a number of choices supplied. A multiple choice question consists of a :

  • stem - the text of the question
  • options - the choices provided after the stem
  • the key - the correct answer in the list of options
  • distracters - the incorrect answers in the list of options

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