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Nervous system anatomy practice: Quizzes and more!

Has trying to learn the anatomy of the nervous system left you feeling completely bamboozled? We understand. It’s one of the most technical systems in the body, and there’s a lot to learn. But the good news is that while difficult, the nervous system is also extraordinarily interesting. 

And it’s implicated in everything we do. So it’s certainly worth learning about! Keep reading to discover our favorite ways to break down this tricky topic. From brain labeling to nervous system question and answer quizzes, we’ve got a learning technique for you.

Test your knowledge of the nervous system with our unlabeled diagram (download below)

Nervous system practice test

First things first: you’re going to need to get in some practice. After some initial reading around the subject (we recommend our article on The Nervous System), one of our favorite ways to get acquainted with a new anatomical topic is with a labeling exercise. Think of it as a sort of nervous system practice test run. 

Study the main structures of the nervous system with this handy labeled diagram

So what’s the idea? It’s simple. Take a look at the diagram above labeled with some of the main structures of the nervous system. Focus on memorizing the appearance and location of each structure. Once you’re feeling confident, it’s time to test yourself. Are you ready for your first nervous system quiz?

Nervous System Test Questions and Answers

Below, we’ve included a free unlabeled version of the labeled diagram above. You can also download the labeled version and use this to make notes. However, once you’re done studying, try to fill in as many of the blanks on the unlabeled diagram as you can without peeking. 

Download PDF Worksheet (blank) Download PDF Worksheet (labeled)

Overview of nervous system anatomy

Now, the nervous system diagrams above only cover a small portion of the structures found within the nervous system. There’s still a lot more to learn! For this, we recommend taking some of our specialised quizzes. With these, you can test yourself on specific structures and regions within the nervous system. 

Goodbye boring textbooks, hello interactive anatomy tools. Here's a more effective way to review and practice anatomy. 

Let’s take a quick overview of the nervous system divisions so you can decide which quizzes are right for you. 

P.S. You can use our quizzes to learn a topic from scratch, or revise what you already know!

Organisation of the nervous system

At the top level of organization, the nervous system can be split between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system contains the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system contains spinal nerves comprised of motor and sensory neurons.

Sensory neurons convey information about the external environment to the brain, which in turn converts them into internal electrical impulses. Motor neurons convey signals from the central nervous system to peripheral targets - the muscles and glands. 

The peripheral nervous system can be further divided into two systems, depending on the function of the parts of the body they connect to. These two systems are the autonomic and somatic nervous systems. The somatic nervous system controls voluntary responses via skeletal muscle, while the autonomic nervous system works on involuntary responses via cardiac and smooth muscle. 

Nervous system quizzes

Now that you know a bit more about the organization of the nervous system, have a look at the nervous system quizzes we’ve put below, organized by division. 

Central nervous system quizzes

Looking for central nervous system questions? You've come to the right place. Check out a selection of our favorite central nervous system quizzes below. 

Peripheral nervous system quizzes

Looking for peripheral nervous system questions? Again, you've come to the right place! Check out a selection of our favorite peripheral nervous system quizzes below. 

Continue learning with flashcards

Looking for even more ways to learn about the anatomy of the nervous system? Let us introduce you to flashcards. Fast, efficient and based on the scientifically proven technique of active recall, flashcards are a portable learning solution that can be used wherever you are, no internet connection required. 

With flashcards, you could learn in half the time! Here's what makes them such an effective learning tool.

Creating your own flashcards is certainly possible, but for the time-poor student, ready-made flashcards offer a far quicker, easier and stress-free way to learn. Luckily, Kenhub have several! Check out our nervous system flashcards below, available to buy from iTunes or Kindle.

You can also check out the complete range of Kenhub anatomy flashcards in our eBook store.

Do you find quizzes and labeled diagrams useful for learning anatomy? Check out our free anatomy quiz guides on every topic

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