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

2. How many papers did McClintock publish between the years of 1929 and 1931?
(a) Nine.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Five.
(d) Ten.

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

4. What was the word or words that Barbara used in the book to describe a plant that was part dominant and part recessive?
(a) Transfused.
(b) Dual matched.
(c) Combined.
(d) Variegated.

5. Who was Dean of Liberal Arts at Missouri in 1940?
(a) Lewis Stadler.
(b) W.C. Curtis.
(c) Frank Hanson.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

6. What are considered to be the mainstay of genetic research?
(a) Cells.
(b) Chromosomes.
(c) Genes.
(d) Mutations.

7. While at the University of Missouri, Barbara was given little encouragement and even another woman was promoted to the rank of associate professor of zoology. What was the woman's name?
(a) Mary Jane Creighton.
(b) Harriet Creighton.
(c) Harriet Guthrie.
(d) Mary Jane Guthrie.

8. What characteristically induces many chromosome breaks?
(a) Sonic booms.
(b) Nuclear power.
(c) Nuclear division.
(d) X Rays.

9. What kind of work did Barbara's mother do contribute and make money?
(a) She gave violin lessons.
(b) She taught cooking classes.
(c) She taught dance.
(d) She gave piano lessons.

10. What was the principle object of interest to cytologists?
(a) Chromosomes.
(b) Neutrons.
(c) Cells.
(d) Genes.

11. What discovery was a great boost to cytological analysis in 1933?
(a) The discovery of giant kernal change chromosomes in maize.
(b) The discovery of the giant salivary gland chromosomes in Drosophila.
(c) The discovery of the small salivary gland chromosomes in Drosophila.
(d) The discovery of small kernal change chromosomes in maize.

12. There was a gap that appeared in Barbara's list of publications. In what year did she not publish anything?
(a) 1936.
(b) 1938.
(c) 1939.
(d) 1935.

13. Who was considered to be the severest critic in the field of genetics during Barbara's time in the field?
(a) Stephen Jay Gould.
(b) Alfred Sturtevant.
(c) Richard B. Goldschmidt.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year was the First Oxford Chromosome Conference held?

2. What was the first name of Barbara's father?

3. What profession did Barbara's father have?

4. In Chapter 1, it is mentioned that immune systems were studied in what animal?

5. When McClintock speaks about having no chance of being promoted she states that she was excluded from what?

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