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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. When McClintock speaks about having no chance of being promoted she states that she was excluded from what?
(a) Faculty meetings.
(b) Decisions about the department.
(c) Weekend get-togethers.
(d) Class time with other professors.

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

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

4. 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) Ring chromosome plants.
(c) Transfusion treat.
(d) McClintock corn.

5. What did Barbara's sister, Marjorie, become?
(a) A rodeo queen.
(b) A banker.
(c) A professional harpist.
(d) A school teacher.

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

7. 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.

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

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

10. 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 small salivary gland chromosomes in Drosophila.
(c) The discovery of small kernal change chromosomes in maize.
(d) The discovery of the giant salivary gland chromosomes in Drosophila.

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

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

13. What was the name of the book that was published by Morgan, Sturtevant, Muller, and Bridges?
(a) The Mechanism of Mendelian Heredity.
(b) Mendelian Segregation.
(c) The Theory of Mendelian Heredity.
(d) Medelian Mode of Inheritance.

14. To what position was Barbara McClintock elected in 1945?
(a) Secretary of the Genetics Society.
(b) Vice President of the National Academy of Science.
(c) President of the Genetics Society.
(d) Treasurer of the National Academy of Science.

15. Where did Harriet Creighton take a teaching job in 1934?
(a) Connecticut College for Women.
(b) Cornell.
(c) Yale.
(d) University of Missouri.

Short Answer Questions

1. Darlington described that in an adaptive hierarchy the chromosomes always come first. What comes second?

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

3. What was the principle object of interest to cytologists?

4. What characteristically induces many chromosome breaks?

5. Both of the grandparents on Barbara's mother side could be traced back to what?

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