Display Matching Items in a Fixed Order

By default, the choices in each column of a matching question are displayed in random order when the question is used.

You can use either the $ORDERLEFT or$ORDERRIGHT variable to force items in either the left or right column to be listed in the order in which you specify them in Answer.

To list matching items in a specific sequence:

1. Start the first line of Answer with one of the following:

List to be displayed in order

Code

Left (prompt) list

<eqn $ORDERLEFT=1; ''> Right (drop-down) list <eqn$ORDERRIGHT=1; ''>
Note: Although you can use both $ORDERLEFT and$ORDERRIGHT variables together, doing so is not recommended. If both lists are displayed in a fixed order, students will quickly catch on that the nth item in the left list always matches the nth item in the right list.
2. Type the items in Answer in the sequence in which they should be displayed for the specified list.

Example Ordered Matching Question

The following table summarizes an actual question.

 QID 1159108 Name Template2 2.MATCH.03. Mode Matching Question Match the inventor and the invention. Answer Babbage {tab} analytical engine Bell {tab} telephone Edison {tab} phonograph Franklin {tab} lightning rod Newton {tab} reflecting telescope Volta {tab} battery Whitney {tab} cotton gin magnifying glass printing press Display to Students