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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. At what age did Barbara ask for a set of tools?
(a) Three.
(b) Four.
(c) Six.
(d) Five.

2. Who said, "For us, neither the chemical code, nor the linkage map of the chromosome, nor the genes embodied in it, are enough"?
(a) James Stilworth.
(b) Barbara McClintock.
(c) C.D. Darlington.
(d) L.C. Dunn.

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

4. What part of the corn was considered to be the endosperm tissue?
(a) The husk.
(b) The silk.
(c) The stalk.
(d) The kernel.

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

6. Both of the grandparents on Barbara's mother side could be traced back to what?
(a) The Speedwell.
(b) The Boston Tea Party.
(c) The Mayflower.
(d) The Civil War.

7. Who was the co-author with McClintock on the paper that provided conclusive evidence for the chromosomal basis of genetics?
(a) Rollins Emerson.
(b) Harriet Creighton.
(c) George Beadle.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

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

9. In what year did Richard B. Goldschmidt die?
(a) 1943.
(b) 1949.
(c) 1958.
(d) 1952.

10. In what year did McClintock complete her graduate work?
(a) 1929.
(b) 1927.
(c) 1925.
(d) 1930.

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

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

13. One day, why did Barbara climb the side of a building and let herself in a window?
(a) Because she wanted to surprise a friend.
(b) Because she had forgot her keys.
(c) Because she was trying to catch a cat.
(d) Because she was displaying to her students that you can't always follow the norm.

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

15. Who said, "She is sore at the world because of her conviction that she would have a much freer scientific opportunity if she were a man"?
(a) Marcus Rhoades.
(b) T.H. Morgan.
(c) Harriet Creighton.
(d) Warren Weaver.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was the Vice President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937?

3. Who wrote A Short History of Genetics?

4. What profession did Barbara's father have?

5. What discovery was a great boost to cytological analysis in 1933?

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