I had this idea of giving quizzes that didn't ask a single question, and this is the result of that! These quizzes will require students to think deeply about the text, and demonstrate knowledge through short written responses.
These give them further opportunity to interact with the text through writing. I also love these quizzes because all you have to do is display them on the board, and either pass out recycled paper (I use leftover one-sided handouts, cut up in different sizes), or have students take out their own paper, and split it with a neighbor. I tell them that unless it’s specified, a couple of sentences will do for most answers.
After the quiz is done and collected, I share with the whole class what I was “looking for” on each question. This is meant to be a thinking process, not a hard answer. That’s why they are not yes/no or T/F questions. To me, that doesn’t mean as much, especially at the HS level.
These quizzes are organized in a variety of chapter combinations in case you feel like mixing it up! Here's the breakdown:
The questions are written as such:
(From Ch. 12)
Jack says nothing when the officer asks who is in charge. Instead, Ralph says he is. Write about the significance of this moment.
I have not provided a key for these because it is easy enough to tell if students understand and/or are keeping up with reading outside of class. Plus, these quizzes are pretty short. If you read in class, these moments in the text are great discussion points. You might even use them to guide those times when you stop to chat about something in the text.
You could even administer these as table quizzes, or writing prompts.
I hope you enjoy seeing what kind of thinking your students are capable of!
Teacher in the Rye