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

2. What is the word that is used to describe the joining of fragments that have broken off a chromosome?
(a) Genderate.
(b) Conjoin.
(c) Fuse.
(d) Anneal.

3. Who wrote the book, Embryology and Genetics?
(a) T.H. Morgan.
(b) C.D. Darlington.
(c) L.C. Dunn.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

4. In what year was Barbara McClintock elected Vice President of the Genetics Society of America?
(a) 1931.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1939.
(d) 1942.

5. What profession did Barbara's father have?
(a) He was a dentist.
(b) He was a fisherman.
(c) He was a horse trainer.
(d) He was a doctor.

6. In what year was Barbara McClintock born?
(a) 1900.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1904.
(d) 1910.

7. Who was the Vice President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937?
(a) Ross Harrison.
(b) T.H. Morgan.
(c) Harriet Creighton.
(d) George Beadle.

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

9. 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) Barbara plants.
(b) Transfusion treat.
(c) Ring chromosome plants.
(d) McClintock corn.

10. What were the first chromosomes visible as?
(a) Large square-like shapes.
(b) Short fat chunks.
(c) Long slender threads.
(d) Small circular shapes.

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

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. In A Short History of Genetics, the decade preceding World War II was described as what decade of classical genetics?
(a) The climactic decade.
(b) The newborn decade.
(c) The evolving decade.
(d) The discovery decade.

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 she could take the Dean's place after he retired.
(c) That they would have to fire her.
(d) That they would promote her to Stadler's job.

15. What year did Barbara McClintock graduate from Cornell?
(a) 1920.
(b) 1941.
(c) 1923.
(d) 1932.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what year was the first woman admitted to Cornell University?

3. What does Evelyn Keller state is the best word to describe Barbara McClintock's stance on life?

4. Who said, "For us, neither the chemical code, nor the linkage map of the chromosome, nor the genes embodied in it, are enough"?

5. When it became clear to Barbara that she could no longer stay at Missouri, what did she consider as a possible career?

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