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Question 1
The proper course of action for dealing with a patient who has a suspected bone fracture in an extremity is to:
A
test the affected extremity's range of motion
B
prevent movement of the injured area and schedule an x-ray
C
provide the patient with a source of sugar
D
lay the patient flat on his or her back
E
administer activated charcoal
Question 1 Explanation: 
The proper course of action for dealing with a patient who has a suspected bone fracture in an extremity is to prevent movement of the injured area and schedule an x-ray so that a definitive diagnosis of the injury can be made.
Question 2
A bone that is broken in multiple places is described as a/an:
A
Open/Compound fracture
B
Comminuted fracture
C
Closed/Simple fracture
D
Impacted/Compacted fracture
E
Spiral fracture
Question 2 Explanation: 
A comminuted fracture describes a bone that has broken into multiple pieces.
Question 3
Spasm of which cranial nerve causes Trigeminal neuralgia?
A
II
B
III
C
XII
D
V
E
IV
Question 3 Explanation: 
Trigeminal neuralgia can be described as severe spasm of cranial nerve V (trigeminal nerve).
Question 4
Which of the following is a combining form meaning "kidney"?
A
Ureter/o
B
Nephr/o
C
Pyel/o
D
Gloss/o
E
Lith/o
Question 4 Explanation: 
"Nephr/o" is a combining form meaning "kidney."
Question 5
The average life span of erythrocytes (red blood cells):
A
365 days
B
25-30 days
C
2-4 days
D
180-200 days
E
100-120 days
Question 5 Explanation: 
The average life span of erythrocytes (red blood cells) is 100-120 days.
Question 6
Which of the following is appropriate when communicating with a child?
A
Reinforce parental interaction with the child
B
Pick up the child
C
Tell the child what to do during the examination
D
None of the given answers are correct
E
Comfort the child by telling them the procedure will not hurt
Question 6 Explanation: 
When communicating with a child, it is appropriate to reinforce parental interaction with the child. The other options are not appropriate actions when dealing with a child.
Question 7
Plaques and tangles of brain tissue accompanied by dementia are common hallmarks of:
A
Huntington's disease
B
Frontal Lobe Dementia
C
Alzheimer's disease
D
Parkinson's disease
E
Epilepsy
Question 7 Explanation: 
Alzheimer's disease is a terminal illness and the most common form of dementia. Hallmarks of the condition are plaques and tangles of brain tissue.
Question 8
Which of the following prefixes means "half"?
A
Tri-
B
Quadr-
C
Bi-
D
Nulli-
E
Hemi-
Question 8 Explanation: 
The prefix "hemi-" means "half"
Question 9
The combining form "an/o" refers to the:
A
Ankle
B
Anus
C
Large Intestine
D
Colon
E
Opening
Question 9 Explanation: 
The combining form "an/o" refers to the anus.
Question 10
This sublayer of the epidermis (outermost layer) consists of layers of dead cells full of keratin:
A
Stratum corneum
B
None of the given answers are correct
C
Stratum basale
D
Stratum spinosum
E
Stratum granulosum
Question 10 Explanation: 
The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis and consists of layers of dead keratinocytes (corneocytes) full of keratin.
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