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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. How does an anatomist see chromosomes?
(a) As very small rod-shaped bodies possibly present in all cells.
(b) Through a math formula.
(c) As representing a chemical structure and a genetic code.
(d) As a property of the organism.

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

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

4. What was the principle object of interest to cytologists?
(a) Genes.
(b) Cells.
(c) Chromosomes.
(d) Neutrons.

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

6. In what year was the First Oxford Chromosome Conference held?
(a) 1964.
(b) 1958.
(c) 1952.
(d) 1949.

7. Who discovered the enormous salivary chromosomes of Drosophila?
(a) G. Beadle.
(b) J. Lenderberg.
(c) T. Painter.
(d) M. Rhoades.

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

9. While at the University of Missouri, Barbara was given little encouragement and even another woman was promoted to the rank of associate professor of zoology. What was the woman's name?
(a) Mary Jane Guthrie.
(b) Harriet Creighton.
(c) Harriet Guthrie.
(d) Mary Jane Creighton.

10. Where are chromosomes found?
(a) In a cell's spindle.
(b) On a cell's centrosome.
(c) In a cell's nucleous.
(d) In a cell's nucleolus.

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

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

13. An experimental breeder can tell what a chromosomes is like from doing what?
(a) Looking at the genetic code.
(b) Looking at the whole organism.
(c) Peering at it through a microscope.
(d) Seeing diagrams of the particular chromosome.

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

15. Who was the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute when Barbara received the Guggenheim Fellowship?
(a) Richard B. Goldschmidt.
(b) Curt Stern.
(c) Marcus Rhoades.
(d) Lewis Stadler.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year was it that Barbara requested a leave of absence without pay and left Missouri?

2. The three major concerns of twentieth-century biology have been and still are what?

3. Who wrote the book, Embryology and Genetics?

4. Who was Dean of Liberal Arts at Missouri in 1940?

5. What did Barbara think wasn't solvable, but was "merely a symbol"?

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