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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A problem that had caught Barbara's fancy was a small body on the end of what chromosome?
(a) Chromosome 3.
(b) Chromosome 2.
(c) Chromosome 6.
(d) Chromosome 9.

2. In what year was the first woman admitted to Cornell University?
(a) 1869.
(b) 1872.
(c) 1893.
(d) 1881.

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

4. 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 was trying to catch a cat.
(c) Because she had forgot her keys.
(d) Because she was displaying to her students that you can't always follow the norm.

5. What position was Barbara McClintock elected to in 1939?
(a) Vice President of the Genetics Society of America.
(b) President of the Genetics Society of America.
(c) Director of the Natural Sciences Division.
(d) President of the National Research Council Fellowship.

6. In what year was the Sixth European Nucleolar Workshop held?
(a) 1975.
(b) 1979.
(c) 1971.
(d) 1973.

7. What is the word that describes a chromosome that has two centromeres?
(a) Dicentric.
(b) Dichromosomic.
(c) Digenetic.
(d) Dicentromeric.

8. Who described Barbara as having a "green thumb" because everything she did turned into something big?
(a) Lewis Stadler.
(b) Her father, Dr. McClintock.
(c) L.C. Dunn.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

9. In 1936, the University of Missouri offered Barbara what kind of position?
(a) Assistant Graduate Professor.
(b) Assistant Professor.
(c) Professor.
(d) Graduate Work Professor.

10. How often did fruit flies give geneticists a new generation to study?
(a) Every 10 days.
(b) Every 5 days.
(c) Every 20 days.
(d) Every 15 days.

11. Both of the grandparents on Barbara's mother side could be traced back to what?
(a) The Mayflower.
(b) The Civil War.
(c) The Speedwell.
(d) The Boston Tea Party.

12. The three major concerns of twentieth-century biology have been and still are what?
(a) Heredity, chromosomes, and evolution.
(b) Heredity, development, and evolution.
(c) Genes, development, and evolution.
(d) Heredity, development, and transposition.

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

14. The differences that were studied in fruit flies had to do with their eye color and what else?
(a) Eye shape.
(b) Wing shape.
(c) Leg thickness.
(d) Wing color.

15. George Beadle was a young graduate student from where?
(a) Nebraska.
(b) South Dakota.
(c) Kansas.
(d) Iowa.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lew Stadler had been on the faculty at the University of Missouri in Columbia since what year?

2. Who wrote the book, Embryology and Genetics?

3. When Barbara's father made an unofficial visit Frank Hanson concerning his daughter, he was currently working for what company as an industrial surgeon?

4. What was the name of the cytology professor that gave Barbara private courses on Saturdays?

5. To what position was Barbara McClintock elected in 1945?

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