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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were the names of the flies that were used in studying genetics?
(a) Musca.
(b) Diptera.
(c) Anopheles.
(d) Drosophilia.

2. What was the term that McClintock phrased that meant a capacity to change positions?
(a) Transferration.
(b) Transposition.
(c) Correspondence.
(d) Permutation.

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

4. What does Evelyn Keller state is the best word to describe Barbara McClintock's stance on life?
(a) Completed.
(b) Seclusion.
(c) Autonomy.
(d) Alone.

5. What was the name of the cytology professor that gave Barbara private courses on Saturdays?
(a) Marcus Rhoades.
(b) Thomas Belling.
(c) Rollins Emerson.
(d) Lester Sharp.

6. Many mutations that were happening in the maize had never been seen before, and some of these involved gross changes in what?
(a) The nucleolus in the cells of the corn.
(b) The productivity of the corn itself.
(c) The generation length.
(d) The arrangement of the chromosomes.

7. Who was the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute when Barbara received the Guggenheim Fellowship?
(a) Lewis Stadler.
(b) Curt Stern.
(c) Richard B. Goldschmidt.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

8. What did Cornell geneticists study instead of fruit flies?
(a) Mosquitoes.
(b) Maize.
(c) Caterpillars.
(d) Mice.

9. What did Barbara's uncle do for a living?
(a) He was a scientist.
(b) He was a fish dealer.
(c) He was a farmer.
(d) He was a baker.

10. How long did Barbara have the position of assistant professor?
(a) Three years.
(b) Ten years.
(c) Seven years.
(d) Five years.

11. Chromosomes became shorter and thicker during the first stage of what?
(a) Mitosis.
(b) Division prophase.
(c) Meiosis.
(d) Metaphase.

12. There were elements of the bacterial genome that were discovered that seemed to "jump around". These were called transposons, insertion elements, or what?
(a) Leaping elements.
(b) Jumping elements.
(c) Jumping genes.
(d) Leaping genes.

13. Who wrote the Recent Advances in Cytology?
(a) Ross Harrison.
(b) Barbara McClintock.
(c) C.D. Darlington.
(d) L.C. Dunn.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was the co-author with McClintock on the paper that provided conclusive evidence for the chromosomal basis of genetics?

3. What is another word for the process of synapsis?

4. What did the Dean at the University of Missouri tell Barbara would happen if something happened to Stadler?

5. In what year was the Sixth European Nucleolar Workshop held?

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