Anatomy of the Spinal Cord: Function & Explanation

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What region of the spinal cord would be responsible for moving the shoulder muscles?

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1. When someone pets a puppy, sensory information will travel through which of the following structures?

2. Which of the following does NOT protect the spinal cord from damage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The spinal cord is divided into five major regions. Learn what each of these regions consists of and discover their functions using this quiz and worksheet. Some anatomy terms you will learn about are cervical, lumbar, and thoracic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following concepts:

  • The function of the cervical region
  • How sensory information travels
  • The structures that protect the spinal cord
  • The spinal cord's role related to reflexes

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the anatomy of the spinal cord
  • Making connections - understand how the spinal cord transmits messages between the brain and different parts of the body
  • Knowledge application - use knowledge gained to answer questions about reflexes, muscle movement, and sensory information
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the regions of the spinal cord and the nerves that connect to them

Additional Learning

To learn more about the spinal cord, review the accompanying lesson on the anatomy of the spinal cord. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between the five major regions of the spinal cord and the nerves that connect to them
  • Differentiate between dorsal and ventral root
  • Understand how reflexes work
  • Learn about grey and white matter
  • Learn about meninges
  • Visualize what an adult human spinal cord looks like
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