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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. Evelyn Keller mentioned that Barbara told "us" that one must have the time to do what?
(a) Look.
(b) Think.
(c) Ponder.
(d) Wonder.

2. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?
(a) Eukaryotes
(b) Us.
(c) Protein.
(d) Bacteria.

3. In what month did a letter arrive from Barbara's old friend, George Beadle, suggesting she come to Stanford for a visit?
(a) October.
(b) March.
(c) July.
(d) January.

4. Keller states in Chapter 12 that good science cannot proceed without what?
(a) A openness to change.
(b) A willingness to accept a different solution than what you were hoping for.
(c) A good scientist.
(d) A deep emotional investment on the part of the scientist.

5. When was Barbara's obvious occasion to present the full account of her work?
(a) The gathering of the national Academy of Sciences.
(b) The next annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium.
(c) The next scientist's convention at Rutgers University.
(d) The publication of Recent Advances in Cytology.

6. 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) Eucalyptus.
(b) Pine.
(c) Elm.
(d) Weeping Willow.

7. Who was the President of the Carnegie Institution that Demerec urged Barbara to go talk to?
(a) Salvador Luria.
(b) Vannevar Bush.
(c) Charles B. Davenport.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

8. In Chapter 8, Evelyn Keller talks about scientists that set out to understand a new principle of order. What does she say is one of the first things that the scientists do?
(a) Look for events that disturb that order.
(b) They watch the development of the order and then compare it to other orders.
(c) They identify any possibilites in a different order.
(d) They make a list of rules that the order should follow.

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

10. Gerald Holton commented on scientific imagination and it's importance to how many particular scientists?
(a) One.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

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

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

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

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

15. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?
(a) Ribosomal RNA.
(b) Messenger RNA.
(c) Transfer RNA.
(d) Coding RNA.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Cold Spring Harbor Symposium of 1951 was on what?

2. Who was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?

3. In Drosophila a bacterium divide in two every how many minutes?

4. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?

5. Why did Barbara feel bad every time she walked on grass?

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