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Body Basics Quiz: How Well Do You Know Yourself?

Destined for a career in the ER? Or should you explore other avenues? Take this quiz to see how well you know your body.

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Have you heard of a process called PLASTINATION?
It’s a method of preserving an entire human body! You may have heard about the Body Worlds 2 exhibit recently at the Ontario Science Centre. Over 200 real human specimens were brought in from Germany and displayed in Toronto. What’s really cool is each of the human body plastinates (check out the one on this page!) is posed in different positions, so you get an in-depth look at how our muscles and body systems work. For more information, visit:

1. How much of your body is made up of water?

(a) 10%
(b) 50%
(c) 70%
(d) 90%

2. What is cartilage?

(a) A bone in your hand
(b) A really great place to get a piercing
(c) The soft and flexible material in your joints
(d) A bone in your ear

3. The pituitary gland:

(a) controls the sweat in your armpits.
(b) is a pea-sized gland, which releases hormones that help you grow.
(c) is the “sour” sensor on your tongue.
(d) is another name for a hair follicle.

4. How old are you when your bones stop growing?

(a) 18
(b) 25
(c) 40
(d) They never stop growing

5. Earwax is:

(a) gross.
(b) what protects the ear canal and keeps it clean.
(c) the dirt that collects in the ear.
(d) made up of dead skin cells.

6. How many bones are in your hand?

(a) 10
(b) 27
(c) 30
(d) 85

7. What is the femur?

(a) A special bone that only females have.
(b) The bone connecting your elbow and shoulder.
(c) The bone connecting your pelvis and knee.
(d) The bone at the bottom of your heel.

8. The heart’s valves are called:

(a) Mitral
(b) Tricuspid
(c) Aortic
(d) All of the above

9. What are bones held together by?

(a) Joints
(b) Hinges
(c) Ligaments
(d) Tendons

10. Where is the larynx located?

(a) Above the voice box
(b) Under the esophagus
(c) On your tongue
(d) In your lungs

11. Why do we have nails?

(a) They are extensions of the bones in your fingers.
(b) They make it easier to scratch an itch.
(c) They protect the tips of your fingers and toes.
(d) They can tell us if our bodies are lacking nutrients.

12. How fast does air move out of your mouth when you sneeze?

(a) 20mph
(b) 50mph
(c) 100mph
(d) 300mph

13. What is your body’s largest organ?

(a Your lungs
(b) Your intestines
(c) Your stomach
(d) Your skin

14. Why do we have our wisdom teeth removed?

(a) They can harm our gums if they get too large.
(b) We don’t need them anymore.
(c) We already have enough wisdom.
(d) Our jaws begin to shrink as we age.







1: C
2: C
3: B
4: B
5: B
6: B
7: C
8: D
9: C

How did you do?

Give yourself 2 points for each correct answer.

19-28 points: What’s up, doc?

9-18 points: Med student-in-training.

0-8 points: Keep hitting those bio books.

Composed by Faze contributor Melissa Vargas

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