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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The subject of cytogenetics is about the relationship between the chromosomes and what?
(a) The chromatids.
(b) The nuclei.
(c) Transfusion.
(d) The genetic systems.

2. Darlington described that in an adaptive hierarchy the chromosomes always come first. What comes second?
(a) Second generation chromosomes.
(b) Organisms.
(c) Genes.
(d) Transposed cells.

3. What was the name of Edward Tatum and George Beadle's hypothesis?
(a) "Two genes-two enzymes".
(b) "One gene-two enzymes".
(c) "Two genes-one enzyme".
(d) "One gene-one enzyme".

4. The cytology professor that helped Barbara on Saturdays also did what for her?
(a) He helped pay for a new bike for Barbara.
(b) He was a fellow researcher on a paper.
(c) He was her priest.
(d) He was her thesis advisor.

5. In the summer of 1931, an invitation from Lewis Stadler brought Barbara where?
(a) Missouri State University.
(b) The University of Central Missouri.
(c) Webster University.
(d) The University of Missouri.

6. What was the first name of Barbara's mother?
(a) Marie.
(b) Rose.
(c) Sara.
(d) Sue.

7. What did Stadler and McClintock share a keen interest in concerning maize?
(a) The length of its chromosomes.
(b) Its genetic composition.
(c) Its ease of study.
(d) The length of its generations.

8. In what year did Cornell appoint its first woman assistant professor in something other than home economics?
(a) 1939.
(b) 1952.
(c) 1925.
(d) 1947.

9. In what year was the Recent Advances in Cytology published?
(a) 1937.
(b) 1940.
(c) 1931.
(d) 1935.

10. How many chromosomes did corn or maize have?
(a) Three.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Six.
(d) Ten.

11. How long did the first conversation between Evelyn Keller and Barbara McClintock last?
(a) Forty-five minutes.
(b) Thirty minutes.
(c) Two hours.
(d) Five hours.

12. One day, why did Barbara climb the side of a building and let herself in a window?
(a) Because she wanted to surprise a friend.
(b) Because she had forgot her keys.
(c) Because she was trying to catch a cat.
(d) Because she was displaying to her students that you can't always follow the norm.

13. Who said, "For us, neither the chemical code, nor the linkage map of the chromosome, nor the genes embodied in it, are enough"?
(a) James Stilworth.
(b) Barbara McClintock.
(c) L.C. Dunn.
(d) C.D. Darlington.

14. What did the Dean at the University of Missouri tell Barbara would happen if something happened to Stadler?
(a) That Stadler would try to get her to leave.
(b) That they would have to fire her.
(c) That she could take the Dean's place after he retired.
(d) That they would promote her to Stadler's job.

15. What was the name of T.H. Morgan's single laboratory at Columbia University?
(a) Fly Lab.
(b) Fly Guy's Lab.
(c) Fly Room.
(d) Guy's Room.

Short Answer Questions

1. There was a gap that appeared in Barbara's list of publications. In what year did she not publish anything?

2. Who was considered to be the severest critic in the field of genetics during Barbara's time in the field?

3. How often did fruit flies give geneticists a new generation to study?

4. What does NOR stand for?

5. In what year did Richard B. Goldschmidt die?

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