Delete Parts of Single-Mode Questions

If you find a single-mode question with more parts than you want, you can create a copy of the question to edit. This newly copied question is identical to the original, except you are the owner and can edit it for your needs.

Note Observe copyright restrictions for textbook questions and questions authored by others. Questions that are duplicated from copyrighted questions should be treated as copyrighted material.
  1. Find the question you want to edit.
    Note See Search for Questions if you need help locating the question you want.
  2. Click Duplicate for the question you want to edit.
    You can duplicate a question from the Question Editor, My Questions, Question Search Results, and Recently Modified pages.
    The new question opens in the Question Editor, and shows that it is a duplicated question.
  3. In the Name field, prepend the question name with a unique identifier, such as your initials, or give it a new name, and then click Save.
    The question is renamed and assigned a new QID.
    For example, using a duplicate of RogaCalc2 1.1.002. and prepending it with GAM as the unique identifier, the new name and QID would be GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002. (2661089).
    Note Make a note of your question's new name and new QID displayed at the top of the editor. This will make it easier when you want to add the question to an assignment.
  4. Click Test/Preview to see your new question.
    For example, GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002. (2661089) is identical to the original question:
    Duplicate question with new name
  5. From the Question, Answer, and Solution fields of the editor, delete the parts of the question you want to remove.
    Important Since code lines wrap in the Question Editor, you can adjust the Question, Answer, or Solution fields using the horizontal image of horizontal button or vertical image of vertical button resize buttons. Alternatively, if you cannot sufficiently resize the fields without the lines wrapping, copy/paste the entire text of a field into a text editor with word wrap turned off.
    1. In the Question field, delete the parts you want to remove. Ensure you delete the associated <_> because these are the Question field parts' answer blanks.
      For example, the highlighted text shows the Question field part of GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002. that will be deleted:
      Question field shows deleted part
      • If the Question field part uses a <div> or <blockquote> tag, do not delete the respective closing </div> or </blockquote> tag at the end of the Question field because they are used to ensure proper display.
      • If there are more than one <div> tag sets in the Question field, after you delete the parts make sure that all the remaining <div> tags have corresponding </div>tags.
      • If the Question field uses the <table></table> tag set, you can delete the entire table or parts of it. To delete an entire table row, identify the tag that opens the row, <tr>, and the tag the closes the row,</tr>. Delete these two tags and everything in between them to delete the entire row. To delete a table column you must delete each cell that makes the column. Identify the tag that opens the cell, <td>, and the tag that closes the cell, </td>. Delete these tags and everything between them. Repeat this process for each cell in the table that is part of the column you want to delete.
    2. In the Answer field, delete the parts of the answer that correspond to the Question field parts and answer blanks you deleted. This step is important because it directly affects how the question is scored in your assignment.
      For example, the highlighted text shows the Answer field part of GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002. that must be deleted because it corresponds with the deleted Question field part in Step a:
      Answer field shows deleted part
      Important Each line of the Answer field usually begins with the EQN tag and corresponds to one answer blank in the order they are displayed in the question. Make sure that you delete the entire line and there are no extra carriage returns at the end. Unless the deleted line is the last EQN line, make sure the EQN tag is at the beginning of the next line.
    3. If the question has a solution, remove any text in the Solution field that corresponds to the deleted parts in the Question and Answer fields.
      For example, the highlighted text shows the Solution field part of GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002. that must be deleted because it corresponds with the deleted Question and Answer fields' parts in Steps a and b:
      Solution field shows deleted part
  6. If necessary, insert line breaks (carriage returns) in any field to make the question or solution display properly, you can use the <br /> tag for each line break you want to insert.
  7. Click Redisplay.
    The top of the Display section shows any Perl syntax or other errors in the Question and Answer sections. Correct any errors, and then continue. For more information, see Perl Variables and Functions.
  8. Click Test/Preview to see how your question will de displayed to students and that all answer blanks are grading correctly. Be sure to test the answer blanks with both correct and incorrect answers.
    Note At any point in the editing process you can test to see how your changes affect the question. You do not need to save your changes before testing.
    For example, this is edited version of GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002.:
    Preview of revised question
  9. In the Additional Information section, make changes to the following fields. If you cannot see this section, click Show Additional Information.
    1. Keywords—add a comma-delimited list of keywords that describe the question.
      For example, add "first-order, linear, differential, equation" for GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002.
    2. Classification—click Classification and select one or more topics in the discipline that relate to the question.
      Adding a classification includes your question in the collections listed in the Question Browser for any instructors who can find the question in search results. See Share Questions With Other Instructors.
    3. Permission—select a permission. If you created permission groups, they will display in the permission list.
      For more information on permission settings and permission groups, see Share Questions With Other Instructors and Manage Permission Groups.
    4. Usable/Draft—select Usable if the question is ready to be included in assignments or Draft if it is still being edited. Draft does not prevent the question from being included in your assignment; however, the question will not be available to anyone you chose to share it with until it is marked Usable.
    5. Comment—add a note about what you deleted. This way, anyone who looks at this question will know how it differs from the original, WebAssign-coded question.
      For example, add "Deleted last two true/false parts" for GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002.
    6. Discipline—select one or more disciplines to which the question applies.
    For example, the Additional Information section for GAM-RogaCalc2 1.1.002. looks like this:
    Additional information for revised question
  10. When the question works as you want it to, click Save.
    Best Practice A good test is to use this question as the first question in a multi-question test assignment. This would help identify any errors in this question that would affect other questions in the assignment (like broken tags).

    Before adding this question to an assignment for your students, create a test course, and then add/schedule the test assignment. Using the Student View, complete the assignment to ensure the new question is functioning properly.

Important Some features of textbook questions are intentionally not available after duplication. These features are generally textbook-specific, and include eBook links and tutorials, simulations, and instructional materials associated with the textbook.