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