Assign a value to a Text Dropdown

I'm sure TB can do this, I just can't figure out how!
I want to be able to show Text answers in a dropdown, apply a value to each item, and then total all the values from multiple questions. I've searched and read but can't seem to find what I need.
Thanks for any ideas/direction.

Here's one way to do it. You can also use Data Blaze to store the answers and scores.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

{question1=["answer 1":3, "answer 2":5, "answer 3":8]}
{question2=["answer 1":2, "answer 2":1, "answer 3":7]}
{formmenu: values={=keys(question1)};name=answer1}
{formmenu: values={=keys(question2)};name=answer2}
Score: {=question1[answer1]} + {=question2[answer2]} = {={=question1[answer1]}+ {=question2[answer2]} }

Thanks, Dan, I had tried something like that but didn't have the syntax correct.
I appreciate your help!