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

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

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

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

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

6. What date was Barbara McClintock born?
(a) June 16, 1902.
(b) June 1, 1901.
(c) June 21, 1908.
(d) June 30, 1903.

7. 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) McClintock corn.
(d) Ring chromosome plants.

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

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

10. In the fall of what year did Evelyn Keller drive out to Cold Spring Harbor to speak with Barbara McClintock?
(a) 1973.
(b) 1978.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1980.

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

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

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

14. What did the Dean at the University of Missouri tell Barbara would happen if something happened to Stadler?
(a) That she could take the Dean's place after he retired.
(b) That Stadler would try to get her to leave.
(c) That they would have to fire her.
(d) That they would promote her to Stadler's job.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Hanson's informal notes concerning Barbara, he claims that she weighed approximately how many pounds?

2. How old was Barbara when her name was changed to Barbara?

3. How does an anatomist see chromosomes?

4. In 1933, Barbara received a Guggenheim Fellowship to go where?

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

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