Looking for advice/ideas on animating multiple objects (questions)

Hi, everyone. I’m a beginner with Storyline. I haven’t yet downloaded the demo (I know I keep saying so in my posts), but I’ve watched lots of tutorial videos — on this and on Lynda.com. I’m trying to plan out my project as much as possible before actually starting to create it in Storyline. That’s because I’ll be using the 30-day demo and I want to be sure I can finish my project in 30 days.

Anyway, I need some advice on the following:
For one part of my project, I want to ask the learner seven or eight yes/no questions, one after the other. I’m not sure yet how the learner will choose yes or no, maybe each question will have a yes button and a no button next to it.
Initially, I was thinking I’d like to animate the questions so they are more fun to answer. I was thinking I’d like to have each question appear, one at time. Each question would initially be large and stop on the screen. But once the learner chooses yes or no for that question, the question would shrink and then line up with other answered questions on the side of the screen.
I plan to save the answer for each question in a true/false variable, so I won’t be using a quiz slide for asking these questions.
However, I started thinking that what I want to do is not possible in Storyline; at least the way I was thinking about it. I’m used to using software that uses keyframe animations where doing the above would be fairly simple.
One reason I wanted to add animation is that having seven or eight questions appear at once involves a lot of reading on the part of the learner. I felt that there would be too many words, so I wanted to have the learner focus on one question at a time. Plus if they start out big and then shrink, they will use up less screen real estate. Also, ideally, I also want the learner to be able to see all the questions he/she's answered so far — so I don’t want a separate slide for each question.
Could I do what I want with layers? Each layer is a different question? The first question animates onto the slide and when the learner answers the question, that triggers the next layer where the first question shrinks and moves to the edge of the slide and triggers the next layer where the second question animates in? (I can't remember if it's possible to shrink objects.) Or maybe I could use Zoom regions to simply move from one question to another in a dynamic way?
Any advice is appreciated!
Thanks.
D.
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D. Mirsky

Okay, I've reposted my initial question below. I couldn't successfully add spaces between paragraphs in my original post, but I was able to repaste the post with spaces intact here:

Hi, everyone. I’m a beginner with Storyline. I haven’t yet downloaded the demo (I know I keep saying so in my posts), but I’ve watched lots of tutorial videos — on this and on Lynda.com. I’m trying to plan out my project as much as possible before actually starting to create it in Storyline. That’s because I’ll be using the 30-day demo and I want to be sure I can finish my project in 30 days.

Anyway, I need some advice on the following:

For one part of my project, I want to ask the learner seven or eight yes/no questions, one after the other. I’m not sure yet how the learner will choose yes or no, maybe each question will have a yes button and a no button next to it.

Initially, I was thinking I’d like to animate the questions so they are more fun to answer. I was thinking I’d like to have each question appear, one at time. Each question would initially be large and stop on the screen. But once the learner chooses yes or no for that question, the question would shrink and then line up with other answered questions on the side of the screen.

I plan to save the answer for each question in a true/false variable, so I won’t be using a quiz slide for asking these questions.

However, I started thinking that what I want to do is not possible in Storyline; at least the way I was thinking about it. I’m used to using software that uses keyframe animations where doing the above would be fairly simple.

One reason I wanted to add animation is that having seven or eight questions appear at once involves a lot of reading on the part of the learner. I felt that there would be too many words, so I wanted to have the learner focus on one question at a time. Plus if they start out big and then shrink, they will use up less screen real estate. Also, ideally, I also want the learner to be able to see all the questions he/she's answered so far — so I don’t want a separate slide for each question.

Could I do what I want with layers? Each layer is a different question? The first question animates onto the slide and when the learner answers the question, that triggers the next layer where the first question shrinks and moves to the edge of the slide and triggers the next layer where the second question animates in? (I can't remember if it's possible to shrink objects.) Or maybe I could use Zoom regions to simply move from one question to another in a dynamic way?

Any advice is appreciated!

Thanks.

D.