A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?
(a) Harvard.
(b) Cold Spring Harbor.
(c) Cornell.
(d) Columbia.

2. After what length of time did Demerec propose to make Barbara's position permanent at Cold Springs Harbor?
(a) Two months.
(b) A week.
(c) A year.
(d) Ten days.

3. Max Delbruck first came to the United States from what country?
(a) China.
(b) Brazil.
(c) Sweden.
(d) Germany.

4. In Drosophila a bacterium divide in two every how many minutes?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Sixty.
(d) Ten.

5. Who presented the first paper in the 1951 symposium?
(a) Milislav Demerec.
(b) Richard Goldschmidt.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Lewis Stadler.

6. Among plants in the first crop, there were patterns of variegation so unusual they "could not fail to catch the eye". What was so unusual about these kernels?
(a) They should have been colorless, but there were spots of color.
(b) They should have been all uniform shape, but there were some that were much larger than expected.
(c) They should have been yellow, but they were brown.
(d) They should have all been the same color, but there were four different colors present.

7. What did Barbara think when she found that Drosophila that were affected by radiation were more vigorous than the standard Drosophila?
(a) She that it was terribly funny.
(b) She thought that maize would be the same.
(c) She thought of changing her field of study.
(d) She thought the results were wrong.

8. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller quotes Einstein. He said, "To these elementary laws there leads no logical path, but only" what?
(a) Discovery.
(b) Intuition.
(c) Dreams.
(d) Experience.

9. How many scientists are mentioned in the quote by Einstein when he talks about the deep longing that has to be present in scientists?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

10. In Milislav Demerec's first moves in his new position as the Director of the Department of Genetics of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, he gave Barbara a position for what length of time?
(a) Ten years.
(b) One year.
(c) Five years.
(d) Two years.

11. Who was quoted in the book as saying, "You let the material tell you where to go, and it tells you at every step what the next has to be?"
(a) Harriet Creighton.
(b) Evelyn Witkin.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

12. Barbara suggested that we must have what to "let it come to you"?
(a) Openness.
(b) Control.
(c) Reverence.
(d) Understanding.

13. Who presented the second paper in the 1951 symposium?
(a) Lewis Stadler.
(b) Richard Goldschmidt.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Milislav Demerec.

14. How many years later was it when Barbara made her second presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?
(a) 10.
(b) 5.
(c) 3.
(d) 2.

15. According to Gerald Horton, as Saint Thomas saw seraphim and Jean Perrin saw atoms, who saw electrons?
(a) Roughe.
(b) McClintock.
(c) Einstein.
(d) Millikan.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many parts are in the process of transposition?

2. After Barbara's efforts were in vain to explain her discoveries she didn't talk except for the annual reports in what?

3. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?

4. What was Demerec summing up by the words, "Ten years ago they were visualized as fixed units with precise boundaries?"

5. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?

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