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

2. In Chapter 7, Esther Parker had bought a farm that was located how many miles north of Ithaca?
(a) Twenty-five.
(b) Forty-five.
(c) Thirty.
(d) Fifty.

3. In Chapter 10, who did Stadler quote to support one of his arguments?
(a) Humpty Dumpty.
(b) The Queen of Hearts.
(c) The Mad Hatter.
(d) Alice in Wonderland.

4. In 1942, why had the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor become even quieter than normal?
(a) Because they didn't have any openings for new scientists.
(b) Because of the war.
(c) Because they closed their doors for a couple years.
(d) Because no one wanted to work with Barbara.

5. In the mutant seedlings that Barbara had grown, what could be seen that didn't belong?
(a) No growth of kernals in many spots.
(b) Streaks or spots of color.
(c) Rings around the outside husk of the corn.
(d) Discolored kernals that were green.

6. Evelyn Keller likens different "languages" in science from an example of Freeman Dyson, who was an "interpreter" for who?
(a) Albert Einstein.
(b) Richard Feynman.
(c) Niels Bohr.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

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

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

9. In Chapter 12, Keller mentions that the adaptability of what tends to be especially unappreciated?
(a) Drosophila.
(b) Maize.
(c) Humans.
(d) Plants.

10. What did Einstein call a deep reverence for nature?
(a) Deep ecology.
(b) Pantheism thinking.
(c) Serenity thought.
(d) Cosmic religiosity.

11. The Cold Spring Harbor Symposium of 1951 was on what?
(a) Genes and Transposition.
(b) Transposition and Mutations.
(c) Evolution and Genes.
(d) Genes and Mutations.

12. Bacterial chromosomes contain little, if any what?
(a) Plasma membrane.
(b) Chromatin.
(c) Protein.
(d) Carbon.

13. In the model that Monod and Jacob proposed, they stated that protein synthesis is not regulated by just the structural gene but by how many other genes?
(a) Five.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

14. In 1941, how many geneticists did Cold Spring Harbor draw?
(a) Over sixty.
(b) Over eighty.
(c) Over seventy.
(d) Over ninety.

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) Observance.
(c) Patience.
(d) Intuition.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Evelyn Witkin say she learned from Barbara and developed her own understanding from her?

2. Keller states in Chapter 12 that good science cannot proceed without what?

3. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?

4. In Chapter 11, Evelyn Keller states that molecular biology rescued the gene from decades of ambiguity and what?

5. Who was the director of the 1951 symposium?

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