Anatomy of the Throat and Esophagus


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Which of the following is the proper order of structures that food must pass through on its way to the stomach?

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1. How does the soft palate play an important role in the function of the pharynx?

2. How does food move through the esophagus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your knowledge of the workings of the throat and esophagus during the beginning of the digestive process. You will need to know the names of these structures and what they do in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The order of structures through which food must pass
  • The name of the structure that prevents swallowed food from entering the nasal passages
  • The term used to describe the movement of food through the esophagus
  • The name of the structure that prevents swallowed food from entering the larynx
  • The name of the structure that must open in order for food to enter the stomach

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how food is chewed and swallowed
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as deglutition and peristalsis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how food is prevented from entering the wrong passages after it is swallowed
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how food moves through the esophagus and into the stomach

Additional Learning

To learn more about this digestive process, review the accompanying lesson called Anatomy of the Throat and Esophagus. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the act of swallowing
  • Name the structures that close off certain passages as food is swallowed
  • Detail how food is pushed down the esophageal tube
  • Discuss how food enters the stomach