I have recently read a whole bunch about the problems of multiple choice tests, and I just want to throw out there that perhaps we live in a multiple choice world.
Let me explain.
are not always the expert. In fact, we are more often NOT the expert.
Instead of really having the opportunity to create an open-ended answer
to the questions of life, we are more frequently asked to make a choice
between several common options. We need to be able to weigh these
options, recognize how our situation differs from other similar
situations, discern how our logic is likely to be misled, and make an
appropriate choice. This realm of choice-making extends to most
everything from purchasing food at the grocery store (unless you really
ARE raising everything yourself, this is multiple choice) to deciding on
an appropriate course of treatment for a life-threatening illness.
the multiple choice test does NOT best indicate how well we will
understand “MacBeth” (most probably not), but it can and should teach us
how to make informed decisions later on, to recognize the tricks most
often played, and to flag those questions without any truly good
answers. This decision-making process is far more important in the long
run than understanding “MacBeth” ever will be to most of us.