Histology Testbank: Nervous System 2

Instructions: For each histology question, pick the one best answer. This histology test bank is also useful for the histology questions on the USMLE (USMLE step 1). Click here for answers and detailed explanations.

Which of the following forms myelin in the peripheral nervous system?
a. Schwann cells
b. Basket cells
c. Ganglion
d. Neuroglia
e. Satellite cells

Which of the following is an element of the central nervous system?
a. Receptors
b. Brachial plexus
c. Sciatic nerve
d. Ganglia
e. Spinal cord

What are motor neurons?
a. Unipolar
b. Pseudounipolar
c. Bipolar
d. Multipolar
e. Both a and b

What is a collection of cell bodies outside the CNS called?
a. Ganglion
b. Perikaryon
c. Astrocyte
d. Nissl
e. Terminal bouton

What is tissue which surrounds a nerve fascicle?
a. Perimysium
b. Periosteum
c. Perichondrium
d. Perineurium
e. Endosteum

The colloquialism "gray matter" refers to somebody using his intellect or reasoning ability. In reality, what is gray matter?
a. Meninges
b. Myelinated nerve fibers
c. Cell bodies
d. Nodes of Ranvier
e. Neurofilaments

Where is the cerebrospinal fluid?
a. Between the dura mater and bone
b. Subdural space
c. Subarachnoid space
d. Between the pia mater and brain
e. None of the above

Which of the following are considered to be part of the meninges?
a. Dura mater
b. Arachnoid
c. Pia mater
d. Both a and c
e. All of the above

What is the outer gray matter of the brain called?
a. Tracts
b. Islets
c. Soma
d. Cortex
e. Nuclei

Which of the following is the most abundant neuroglia cell?
a. Astrocytes
b. Ependymal cells
c. Oligodendrocytes
d. Microglia
e. Schwann cells

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