A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

Evelyn Fox Keller
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 10, Molecular Biology.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller writes about Barbara giving her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium and that it was met with what?
(a) Loud cheers.
(b) Grateful applause.
(c) Stunned awkwardness.
(d) Stony silence.

2. In Chapter 8, Evelyn Keller talks about scientists that set out to understand a new principle of order. What does she say is one of the first things that the scientists do?
(a) They identify any possibilites in a different order.
(b) They make a list of rules that the order should follow.
(c) Look for events that disturb that order.
(d) They watch the development of the order and then compare it to other orders.

3. How does an anatomist see chromosomes?
(a) Through a math formula.
(b) As very small rod-shaped bodies possibly present in all cells.
(c) As a property of the organism.
(d) As representing a chemical structure and a genetic code.

4. When Barbara went to visit Stadler in Missouri, she went to look at the corn that they had. Barbara noticed that they were calling the corn what?
(a) McClintock corn.
(b) Ring chromosome plants.
(c) Barbara plants.
(d) Transfusion treat.

5. In what year was the term "genetics" coined?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1915.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1905.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bacterial chromosomes contain little, if any what?

2. What was the word or words that Barbara used in the book to describe a plant that was part dominant and part recessive?

3. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?

4. What part of the corn was considered to be the endosperm tissue?

5. What position was Barbara McClintock elected to in 1939?

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