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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the name of T.H. Morgan's single laboratory at Columbia University?
(a) Fly Guy's Lab.
(b) Fly Room.
(c) Fly Lab.
(d) Guy's Room.

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

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

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

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

6. Who said, "I've known a lot of famous scientists. But the only one I thought really was a genius was McClintock"?
(a) Rollins Emerson.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) George Beadle.
(d) Charles Burnham.

7. What did Barbara think wasn't solvable, but was "merely a symbol"?
(a) Cells.
(b) Chromosomes.
(c) Maize kernals.
(d) Genes.

8. 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.

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

10. When Barbara was taking a geology final when she was a Junior in college, what couldn't she remember?
(a) The room number the class was in.
(b) Her name.
(c) The name of the class.
(d) Her teacher's name.

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 elements.
(b) Leaping elements.
(c) Leaping genes.
(d) Jumping genes.

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

13. What was the name of the science that was born in T. H. Morgan's lab?
(a) Botony.
(b) Mycogenetics
(c) Radiation genetics.
(d) Cytogenetics.

14. What was the first name of Barbara's mother?
(a) Sue.
(b) Rose.
(c) Sara.
(d) Marie.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what year did Richard B. Goldschmidt die?

3. How much was the grant that the Rockefeller Foundation gave to Stadler in the mid-1930's?

4. In what year was the First Oxford Chromosome Conference held?

5. There was a gap that appeared in Barbara's list of publications. In what year did she not publish anything?

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