Create a Multi-Select Question in the Question Library

A multi-select item consists of a problem, known as the stem, and a list of suggested solutions, known as alternatives. The alternatives consist of more than one correct alternative, which contribute to the correct answer, and incorrect or inferior alternatives, known as distractors.

Access the Question Library

Identifies Question Library tab

  1. Click Course Activities on the navbar and choose Quizzes.
  2. Click on the Question Library tab.

Create a Section (Folder) to Contain the Questions

Skip this step if you already have a section for the question.

  1. Create a Section by clicking on the New button.
  2. Choose Section.
    Identifies the Section choice.
  3. Enter a name for the Section and click Save.

Add a Multi-Select Question

  1. Click the New button.  
  2. Select "Multi-Select Question (M-S)."
    Identifies the Multiple Select Option.
  3. Complete the following fields:


  • Title (optional): If you add a title, you will see the title text when browsing the question library. (If you do not add a title, you will see the question text when browsing the question library.)Shows title field.
  • Points: The default is 1; this can always be changed when the question is added to a quiz.
  • Difficulty (optional): This is not used by D2L in any way; it is simply for your reference if you'd like to track the level of difficulty you assign each question. You cannot sort  by difficulty.
  • Question Text (required): This is where you enter the actual text of your question.
    Shows question text field.
  • Image (optional): Click Insert an Image to navigate to the image if you have one for the question.
    Shows the Insert Image area.
  • Description (optional): An image should have a description.


  • Enumeration: Choose the numbers or letters to denote answer options; this determines the way the answers are presented to the student.
    Shows enumeration choices.
  • Style: Choose Vertical or Horizontal to determine the way the answers are presented to the student.
    Shows style options.
  • Grading: Choose between "All or nothing," "Right minus wrong," or "Correct answers."
    Shows grading options
    NOTE: All or nothing awards no credit if any incorrect answer is selected or a correct answer is not selected. Right minus wrong subtracts the points for wrong choices from the points for correct answers (however, a negative score is never given). The Correct answers option gives partial credit for each correct answer selected. Each answer option will be of equal weight.
  • Randomize options: Check this box if you want the answers to be randomized for each student.
  • Value, Correct, and Feedback:
    • Enter Answer options and distractors in each Value text area. 
    • Select the correct answers.  
    • The default number of options is 4. If you need additional options, enter the number of additional answer options you need and click Add Option.
      Shows the Add Option control.
  • Answer Feedback: (optional)
    Shows value fields.
  • Question hint: (optional)
  • Question Feedback: (optional)
  1. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Close to save your work. Alternately, click Preview to preview the question.
    Shows Save and Preview options.