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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 was Demerec summing up by the words, "Ten years ago they were visualized as fixed units with precise boundaries?"
(a) Cells.
(b) Genes.
(c) Scientists.
(d) Chromosomes.

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

3. It is mentioned in Chapter 7 that in hindsight, most historians would say that the molecular revolution began at what time?
(a) The late 1920's.
(b) The early 1950's.
(c) The early 1940's.
(d) The early 1930's.

4. In addition to making copies of itself, DNA also makes what?
(a) Multiple nuclei.
(b) CNA.
(c) RNA.
(d) Chromosomes.

5. In what year did Evelyn Witkin come to Cold Spring Harbor?
(a) 1942.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1951.
(d) 1944.

6. Who was quoted as saying, "By God, that woman is either crazy or a genius."?
(a) Esther Parker.
(b) Evelyn Witkin.
(c) Joshua Lederberg.
(d) George Beadle.

7. 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) Three.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

8. After Barbara's efforts were in vain to explain her discoveries she didn't talk except for the annual reports in what?
(a) The Missouri yearbook.
(b) The CIW yearbook.
(c) The Cold Spring Harbor yearbook.
(d) The Cornell yearbook.

9. Barbara felt like above all, one must have what?
(a) Understanding of the possibility of the unknown.
(b) A feeling for the organism.
(c) Ability to change our perception of things.
(d) Complete willingness to accept.

10. When Barbara was unwilling to accept her failure to see the Neurospora chromosomes, she went outside to sit and meditate under what type of tree?
(a) Elm.
(b) Eucalyptus.
(c) Pine.
(d) Weeping Willow.

11. Barbara McClintock sent off a paper entitled "Some Parallels Between Gene Control Systems in Maize and in Bacteria" to where?
(a) American Naturalist.
(b) Naturalism in America.
(c) The Chicago Journal.
(d) American Scientist.

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

13. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?
(a) Her ultimate knowledge.
(b) Her drive to succeed.
(c) Her love for studying.
(d) Her willingness to let her brain take over.

14. Who said of Barbara that "she was able to convey it to someone who was completely outside the field. She was able to make it real?"
(a) Evelyn Witkin.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) George Beadle.
(d) Stanley Stephens.

15. Keller also mentioned that Barbara suggested to us that we must have what to "hear what the material has to say to you"?
(a) Stillness.
(b) Intuition.
(c) Observance.
(d) Patience.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who extended an invitation to Barbara to help in the collection and preservation of maize in Central and South America?

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

3. In the mutant seedlings that Barbara had grown, what could be seen that didn't belong?

4. What is one of the most fundamental questions of genetics that was mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 11?

5. 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?"

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