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

2. Who wrote A Short History of Genetics?
(a) Hugh Gavlin.
(b) Lewis Stadler.
(c) L.C. Dunn.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

3. What kind of work did Barbara's mother do contribute and make money?
(a) She taught cooking classes.
(b) She gave piano lessons.
(c) She gave violin lessons.
(d) She taught dance.

4. What was the term that McClintock phrased that meant a capacity to change positions?
(a) Correspondence.
(b) Transposition.
(c) Transferration.
(d) Permutation.

5. What year did Barbara McClintock graduate from Cornell?
(a) 1923.
(b) 1920.
(c) 1932.
(d) 1941.

6. What is another word for the process of synapsis?
(a) Metaphase.
(b) Transfusion.
(c) Conjugation.
(d) Duplication.

7. Who was Dean of Liberal Arts at Missouri in 1940?
(a) W.C. Curtis.
(b) Lewis Stadler.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Frank Hanson.

8. To what position was Barbara McClintock elected in 1945?
(a) Secretary of the Genetics Society.
(b) Treasurer of the National Academy of Science.
(c) President of the Genetics Society.
(d) Vice President of the National Academy of Science.

9. Lew Stadler had been on the faculty at the University of Missouri in Columbia since what year?
(a) 1912.
(b) 1921.
(c) 1907.
(d) 1914.

10. What is the word that is used to describe the joining of fragments that have broken off a chromosome?
(a) Fuse.
(b) Anneal.
(c) Genderate.
(d) Conjoin.

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. Who described Barbara as having a "green thumb" because everything she did turned into something big?
(a) Her father, Dr. McClintock.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) Lewis Stadler.
(d) L.C. Dunn.

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

14. In what year did McClintock and her student, Harriet Creighton, publish a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences?
(a) 1931.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1939.
(d) 1935.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does NOR stand for?

3. How long did the first conversation between Evelyn Keller and Barbara McClintock last?

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

5. In the fall of what year did Evelyn Keller drive out to Cold Spring Harbor to speak with Barbara McClintock?

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