Cranial Nerves of the Face and Mouth: Motion and Sensation Functionality


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Which of the following cranial nerves is most responsible for your swallowing and gag reflexes?

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1. What would you be unable to do without the proper functioning of your trigeminal nerve?

2. The reason you can taste your food is thanks, in part, to the _____ nerve and the _____ nerve.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can check your understanding of which nerves work facial expressions, taste sensations and tongue movement using this quiz and worksheet. Topics you'll need to know in order to pass the quiz include terms used to describe each specific nerve.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Which nerve helps in the swallowing of food
  • Which nerve is most involved in helping with the chewing of food
  • Which nerve allows you to taste food
  • Which nerve supplies a major salivary gland

Skills Practiced

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

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the roles of specific nerves used when food is chewed and swallowed and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify different nerves based on their description
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about terms used to describe each cranial nerve responsible for movement and sensation in the face and mouth

Additional Learning

To learn more about this neurological subject, review the accompanying lesson called Cranial Nerves of the Face and Mouth: Motion and Sensation Functionality. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • identify and describe the functions of the facial nerve
  • Name the nerve responsible for facial sensation and mastication
  • Discuss the nerve that operates the muscles of the tongue
  • Describe the act of chewing and swallowing food to identify the nerve that is responsible for taste sensation
  • Present a story designed to help you remember each nerve and what it is responsible for