Muscles of the Head and Neck: Anatomy, Motion & Support


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Muscles that make up the hips, legs, shoulders, and arms are known as _____, while the muscles that make up the thorax, neck, and head are known as _____.

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1. Which of the following muscles are sometimes referred to as the 'obliques of the neck' since they are responsible for bringing your chin to your chest and bringing your ear to your shoulder?

2. Consider a person who has lost the ability to wrinkle his forehead. Which of the following muscles may be the cause of the problem?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Which muscles are responsible for moving your eyes, mouth and neck? The corresponding lesson along with the quiz/worksheet combo will help you identify those muslces. These assets will test your ability to recognize terms used in relation to the movement of these muscles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Which cranial nerve controls facial expressions
  • The muscles that flex the neck
  • Which muscle control wrinkling of the forehead
  • The muscle that controls lateral movement of the eye
  • The muscles that open and close the mouth

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 the muscles and nerves that activate movement in the face and neck
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as mastication and occipitofrontalis
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast digastric and masseter muscles

Additional Learning

To learn more about these muscles, review the accompanying lesson called Muscles of the Head and Neck: Anatomy, Motion & Support. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain axial and appendicular muscles
  • Identify origin and insertion points for facial muscles
  • Provide the names of muscles that work the mouth, eyebrows and cheeks
  • Discuss in detail the muscles and nerves that move the eyes
  • Describe the muscles responsible for chewing and movement of the tongue
  • Indicate which muscles extend and turn the neck