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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. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?
(a) The Carnegie Institution of Washington.
(b) The National Society of Sciences.
(c) The Rockefeller Foundation.
(d) The University of Missouri.

2. Who extended an invitation to Barbara to help in the collection and preservation of maize in Central and South America?
(a) The National Academies.
(b) The National Academy of Sciences.
(c) The National Institute of Medicine.
(d) The Organization of National Sciences.

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

4. Barbara was impressed by the ability of some Tibetans to do what?
(a) Know many scientific secrets.
(b) Live a long time without water.
(c) Live on what the land gives them.
(d) Regulate their body temperature.

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

6. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?
(a) Four.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

7. Who was the theoretical physicist who was trained by Niels Bohr?
(a) Lewis Stadler.
(b) Milislav Demerec.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Max Delbruck.

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

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

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

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

12. How many kinds of RNA are made?
(a) Five.
(b) Three.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Evelyn Keller mentioned that Barbara told "us" that one must have the time to do what?

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

3. Who was quoted as saying, "By God, that woman is either crazy or a genius."?

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

5. Who asked Barbara how she could have worked "for two years without knowing what was going to come out?"

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