Cranial Nerves: The Vagus Nerve and its Functionality


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The vagus nerve is known as:

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1. CN XI is known as:

2. The vagus nerve controls many important body functions like breathing, talking, and sweating. Examine the following functions and select the one that is also controlled by the vagus nerve.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The vagus nerve is an important nerve that is connected to the heart, lungs and digestive tract. These learning tools will help you understand the most important facts about the vagus nerve and why it serves a vital role in the human body.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Functions of the vagus nerve
  • CN XI
  • Peristalsis

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - define vagus nerve and its core functions
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about human anatomy to answer questions about the vagus nerve
  • Making connections - understand how the vagus nerve affects the entire human body and how it's related to CN XI

Additional Learning

To learn more about this vital nerve, watch the accompanying lesson called Cranial Nerves: The Vagus Nerve and is Functionality. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the location and functions of the vagus nerve
  • Describe characteristics of cranial nerve XI
  • See how the vagus nerve affects the heart, lungs and digestive tract
  • Understand peristalsis