Muscles of the Human Body
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  • Introduction
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You wouldn't get very far without your muscles. Having muscles isn't just about strength. Muscles are what you use to make to make your body move. Without muscles you couldn't lift a cup, walk up stairs or keep the blood pumping round your body. Muscles also give protection for some of the body's more vulnerable organs.

This artwork shows the major muscles in the human body. Can you try to guess how many muscles there are in the body? There are over 600!  In the following questions you can try to indetify some of them.

  • Question 1
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Where is the biggest muscle in the body?

In your arm

In your chest

In your leg

On your bottom

  • Question 2
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Where are the smallest muscles in the body?

In your ears

In your eyes

In your fingers

In your toes

  • Question 3
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Where is the longest muscle in the body?

Running down your back

Across your chest

In your leg

In your arm

  • Question 4
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How many muscles are there in your face?

10

20

40

more than 50

  • Question 5
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How much of the average person's body mass is muscle?

less than a quarter

a quarter

nearly half

four fifths

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