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

2. What year was it that Barbara requested a leave of absence without pay and left Missouri?
(a) 1943.
(b) 1940.
(c) 1939.
(d) 1941.

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

4. What did Barbara McClintock receive her PhD in?
(a) Genetics.
(b) Botany.
(c) Zoology.
(d) Cytology.

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

6. Lewis Stadler had been at the University of Missouri in Columbia since what year?
(a) 1910.
(b) 1919.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1905.

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

8. George Beadle was a young graduate student from where?
(a) Nebraska.
(b) Iowa.
(c) South Dakota.
(d) Kansas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. One day, why did Barbara climb the side of a building and let herself in a window?

2. In what year was the first woman admitted to Cornell University?

3. In what year did Cornell appoint its first woman assistant professor in something other than home economics?

4. What part of the corn was considered to be the endosperm tissue?

5. What is the word that is used to describe the joining of fragments that have broken off a chromosome?

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