What Is the Pituitary Gland? - Functions, Hormones & Hypothalamus


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Which hormone is responsible for stimulating the body to begin contractions during childbirth?

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1. The anterior region of the pituitary gland is called _____.

2. Describe the action of the hypothalamus.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you to understand the function of the pituitary gland. You will be tested on your knowledge of hormones and regions of the pituitary gland.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on your understanding of the following:

  • Hormone that begins contractions during childbirth
  • Alternate name for a region of the pituitary gland
  • Area housing the pituitary gland

Skills Practiced

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

  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of the pituitary gland to answer questions about regions of the gland
  • Making connections- understand the role of the posterior pituitary gland
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw from the lesson the most important information regarding the hypothalamus

Additional Learning

To learn more about pituitary gland functioning, review the accompanying lesson plan called What is the Pituitary Gland? - Functions, Hormones & Hypothalamus. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the function and location of the pituitary gland
  • Recognize the relationship between the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland
  • Differentiate between the respective roles of the anterior and posterior pituitary gland