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Central Nervous System Quiz


Nerve responsible for sense of smell

A. optic

B. olfactory

C. hypoglossal

D. vagus

If you had one word to describe the function of the parietal lobe it would be:

A. Movement

B. Sensory

C. Balance

D. Emotions

What are the grooves in the brain called?

A. Gyri

B. Sulci

C. Lobes

D. Fissures

In which lobe of the cerebrum is auditory input interpreted?

A. frontal

B. temporal

C. parietal

D. occipital

Automatic reflex centers for the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, swallowing, and vomiting

A. Medulla Oblongata

B. Pons

C. Hypothalamus

D. Thalamus

What is an example of homeostasis?

A. Your feet pulling away when being tickled. 

B. Your stomach growling when your body needs nutrients. 

C. Your hair growing really long in the summer. 

Which protection of the brain forms a watery cushion to protect fragile nervous tissue from blows and other trauma, helps the brain “float” so it is not damaged by pressure of own weight?

A. meninges

B. blood-brain barrier

C. cerebrospinal fluid

T/F: The sensory (afferent) tracts of the spinal cord conduct impulses toward brain



What would your body’s response be to having the flame of a candle getting too close to your hand?

A. To sweat

B. To yell

C. To pull your hand away

Which part of the brain coordinates the actions of muscles and helps you maintain balance?

A. brain stem

B. cerebrum

C. cerebellum

Which layer of the meninges is the fibrous double layered outer covering?

A. dura mater

B. arachnoid mater

C. pia mater

The diencephalon is composed primarily of ____________.

A. the cerebellum, brain stem and cerebrum

B. the brain stem, hippocampus and amygdala

C. the thalamus, hypothalamus and pituitary gland

D. the midbrain, pons and cerebrum

A_______is what your body does in reaction to a stimuli. 

A. reaction

B. response

C. change

This part controls balance and coordination.

A. thalamus

B. hemisphere

C. cerebellum

D. cerebrum

The 3 layers of meninges from superficial to deep are

A. dura mater, arachnoid mater, pia mater

B. pia mater, arachnoid mater, dura mater

C. arachnoid mater, pia mater, dura mater

D. dura mater, pia mater, arachnoid mater

A soccer ball comes flying toward you. You throw up your hands to be avoid being hit in the face. Which is the stimuli?

A. The ball coming towards you.

B. Throwing up your hands to stop the ball.

Which part of the diencephalon is the relay station for sensory impulses passing upward to the cerebral cortex?

A. thalamus

B. epithalamus

C. hypothalamus

D. hyperthalamus

Name the two major parts of the central nervous system.

A. The brain and the skull. 

B. The brain and the body.

C. The spinal cord and the brain.

D. The spinal cord and the body. 

What is the main function of the temporal lobe?

A. Speech, thinking, touch

B. Speech, taste, reading

C. Hearing, smell

D. sight

Which part of the diencephalon is an important autonomic nervous system center, houses the limbic center for emotions, regulates the nearby pituitary gland, and houses mammillary bodies for olfaction (smell)?

A. thalamus

B. epithalamus

C. hypothalamus

D. hyperthalamus

What is “stimuli”?

A. A major organ in the brain that is a part of the nervous system. 

B. What your body does to a change or a signal. 

C. A change or a signal your body receives. 

The nervous system lets your body know what is going on around you and______________

A. changes what is bad for your body.

B. maintains the conditions inside your body such as your temperature. 

What part of the brain controls you movement, sense of touch, taste, and temperature?

A. temporal lobe

B. occipital lobe

C. parietal lobe

D. cerebellum

E. frontal Lobe

What is meningitis?

A. inflammation of brain

B. inflammation of protective wrapping of the CNS

C. damage to cerebral blood vessels

D. leakage of cerebrospinal fluid

Part of the brain stem, serves as a pathway for nerve impulses. It also helps to regulate rate/depth of breathing.

A. midbrain

B. pons

C. medulla oblongata

D. hippocampus


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