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MCAT Question A Day - 6/12/14 - Answer!

Which of the following activities is controlled by the cerebellum?

A.  Involuntary breathing movements
B.  Fine muscular movements during a dance routine
C.  Contraction of the thigh muscles during the kneejerk reflex
D.  Absorption of nutrients across the microvilli of the small intestine

B is correct. The cerebellum controls finely coordinated muscular movements, such as those that occur during a dance routine. Involuntary breathing movements are controlled by the medulla oblongata. The knee-jerk reflex is governed by the spinal cord.