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4 Responses

  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    An eminently sensible proposal. I hope it captures the attention of the powers-that-be.

  2. Howard Wasserman says:

    When I give multiple-choice exams, the actors are matched to their roles: (P)laintiff, (D)efendant, (W)itness, etc. I then pick completely random words beginning with that letter for each question (“Walla Walla testifies for Persepolis in his breach-of-contract suit against Dogma.”). It keeps the question-writing process interesting and students have said they like it.

  3. Jason says:

    I am glad bar examiners have recently begun to heed sensible advice such as this.

  4. Student says:

    Re: Howard Wasserman. That approach still presents the same problem of requiring more cognitive demand than necessary for problems where normative categories suffice.

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