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Physical Development Practice Test



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

What should you do with leftover formula?
a.
mix it with cereal     
b.
throw it away     
c.
reheat it
d.
save it for next feeding
 

 2. 

The process of switching a baby from breast or bottle to a cup is called
a.
rooting
b.
manipulating
c.
weaning
d.
transitioning
 

 3. 

When are eating habits likely established?
a.
in adolescence
b.
in adulthood
c.
over a lifetime
d.
in infancy
 

 4. 

When would a pediatrician most likely recommend adding baby food to a
baby’s diet?
a.
10 months
b.
8 months
c.
6 months
d.
4 months
 

 5. 

The main reason toddlers can benefit from having several snacks rather than less, larger meals is that
a.
they get bored easily.
b.
their stomachs are small.
c.
they’d rather sleep.
d.
they want everyone else’s food.
 

 6. 

For the first year of their life, babies should sleep on their             .
a.
back
b.
side
c.
blanket
d.
stomach
 

 7. 

When a young baby cries, parents or caregivers should respond             .
a.
soon
b.
if the cry becomes loud and frantic     
c.
immediately
d.
within 15 minutes
 

 8. 

Lead poisoning can cause                                      .
a.
cerebral palsy
b.
long-term developmental problems
c.
SIDS
d.
FAS
 

 9. 

Skillful use of hands and fingers is called                         .
a.
gross motor skills
b.
a milestone
c.
a trait
d.
manipulation
 

 10. 

Which of the following is probably the first motor skill to develop?
a.
crawling
b.
sitting
c.
arching back
d.
lifting head
 

 11. 

Infants can usually crawl well by                   months old.
a.
12
b.
10
c.
8
d.
6
 

 12. 

At what age does the average child learn to walk?
a.
14-20 months
b.
10-12 months
c.
9-15 months
d.
7-8 months
 

 13. 

Choose the correct order of infant development according to which would happen first to last. 
a.
lifts head, rolls over, sits up steadily, stands alone
b.
rolls over, lifts head, sits up steadily, stands alone
c.
lifts head, rolls over, stands alone, sits up steadily
d.
rolls over, lifts head, stands alone, sits up steadily
 

 14. 

Physical growth during the preschool period is                         .
a.
the same as during infancy.
b.
slower than during infancy
c.
faster than during infancy.
 

 15. 

The average ages at which children acquire certain skills is referred to as
a.
manipulation
b.
depth perception
c.
heredity     
d.
developmental milestones
 

 16. 

What is the ability to perceive three-dimensional objects called?
a.
manipulation
b.
depth perception
c.
heredity
d.
developmental milestones
 

 17. 

How does the weight of an average baby change in their first year?
a.
weight increases 2 1/2 times
b.
weight increases 1 1/2 times
c.
weight doubles
d.
weight triples
 

 18. 

Children care most about the                         of their clothing.
a.
color
b.
appearance
c.
comfort
d.
style
 

 19. 

A good fabric for children’s clothing because it wears well, launders well, and does not irritate the skin is                                 .
a.
nylon
b.
cotton
c.
wool
d.
polyester
 

Multiple Response
Identify one or more choices that best complete the statement or answer the question.
 

 20. 

Breastfeeding is advantageous to an infant because                         .
 a.
it builds his immune system
 b.
it encourages bonding between mother and baby
 c.
it is nearly as good as formula
 d.
it provides the best possible nutrition
 

 21. 

Young children indicate that they are finished with a meal by             .
 a.
asking to be excused from the table.
 b.
eating everything on their plate.
 c.
playing with their food.
 d.
throwing food on the floor.
 

 22. 

Which of the following are good finger foods for an infant?
 a.
popcorn
 b.
cheerios
 c.
grapes
 d.
“puffs”
 

 23. 

Crib safety guidelines include which of the following?
 a.
only small stuffed animals should be in the crib
 b.
mattresses should fit snug
 c.
bars should be 2 3/8” apart
 d.
heavy blankets should be used
 

 24. 

It is believed that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can be prevented by
 a.
avoiding second-hand smoke 
 b.
using pacifiers
 c.
using a heavy blanket in the crib
 d.
sleeping in the parent’s bed
 

 25. 

Which of the following are good bedtime habits for a baby?
 a.
keep baby awake as long as possible
 b.
let them fall asleep on their own
 c.
keep baby calm and quiet
 d.
establish consistent bedtime routines
 

 26. 

Children’s                   should be at the same time every day.
 a.
television time
 b.
bedtime
 c.
play time
 d.
mealtime
 

 27. 

How should infant car seats be installed?
 a.
in the front seat
 b.
in the back seat
 c.
facing forward
 d.
facing backward
 

 28. 

Which remedies will help a baby suffering from teething pain?
 a.
massaging the gums
 b.
a warm washcloth
 c.
ice cube rubbed on gums
 d.
teething ring
 

 29. 

Which of the following are symptoms of teething?
 a.
vomiting
 b.
chewing on fingers
 c.
excessive drooling
 d.
increased fussiness
 

 30. 

Which factors may affect tooth decay?
 a.
care
 b.
child's age at time of first tooth
 c.
heredity
 d.
diet
 

 31. 

The key to successful toilet training is to                         .
 a.
time it to coincide with a major life change in the family.
 b.
wait until the child shows readiness
 c.
start early and stick with it as long as necessary.
 d.
use small rewards to encourage success.
 

 32. 

Toilet training readiness includes the ability to                   .
 a.
control bladder and bowel functions
 b.
remove clothes easily
 c.
recognize the signals that elimination is necessary
 d.
use an adult size toilet
 

 33. 

An example of a fine motor skill is                         .
 a.
running
 b.
throwing
 c.
cutting
 d.
tying shoes
 

 34. 

Getting dressed requires                   motor skills.
 a.
fine
 b.
finger
 c.
gross 
 d.
reaching 
 

 35. 

An example of a gross motor skill is                                      .
 a.
running
 b.
throwing
 c.
cutting
 d.
tying shoes
 



 
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