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 asked Barbara how she could have worked "for two years without knowing what was going to come out?"
(a) George Beadle.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) Evelyn Witkin.
(d) Milislav Demerec.

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

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

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

5. 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) Marcus Rhoades.
(b) Stanley Stephens.
(c) George Beadle.
(d) Evelyn Witkin.

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

7. 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 identify any possibilites in a different order.
(c) They make a list of rules that the order should follow.
(d) They watch the development of the order and then compare it to other orders.

8. In Chapter 11, Evelyn Keller states that molecular biology rescued the gene from decades of ambiguity and what?
(a) Mistakes.
(b) Darkness.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Guesses.

9. Why did Barbara feel bad every time she walked on grass?
(a) Because she knew the grass was screaming at her.
(b) Because she knew the grass would die.
(c) Because she knew what sidewalks were for.
(d) Because she didn't want to get her shoes dirty.

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

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

12. What does the term, dissociation mean?
(a) The processing of materials into a different material.
(b) Combining into larger masses.
(c) Controlled breakage.
(d) Complete disappearance of a part.

13. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?
(a) None.
(b) One.
(c) Five.
(d) Two.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller quotes Einstein. He said, "To these elementary laws there leads no logical path, but only" what?

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

3. What is Neurospora?

4. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?

5. In Chapter 12, Keller mentions that the adaptability of what tends to be especially unappreciated?

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