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

2. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller writes about Barbara giving her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium and that it was met with what?
(a) Stunned awkwardness.
(b) Grateful applause.
(c) Loud cheers.
(d) Stony silence.

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

4. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?
(a) Twelve years.
(b) Four years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Six years.

5. One of the few people that was interested in what Barbara had to say was Lotte Auerbach who was an animal geneticist from where?
(a) Cornell.
(b) Cold Spring Harbor.
(c) Yale.
(d) The University of Edinburgh.

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

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

8. Who did Barbara write to to arrange an invitation to Cold Springs Harbor?
(a) Esther Parker.
(b) Rollins Emerson.
(c) Milislav Demerec.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

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

10. How many parts are in the process of transposition?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

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

12. What did Barbara think when she found that Drosophila that were affected by radiation were more vigorous than the standard Drosophila?
(a) She thought that maize would be the same.
(b) She that it was terribly funny.
(c) She thought of changing her field of study.
(d) She thought the results were wrong.

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

14. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller states that both science and art are dependent on what?
(a) Persistence.
(b) Belief and hope.
(c) Internal visions.
(d) Unlikely solutions.

15. 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?"
(a) Evelyn Witkin.
(b) Harriet Creighton.
(c) Marcus Rhoades.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

Short Answer Questions

1. Barbara was impressed by the ability of some Tibetans to do what?

2. After what length of time did Demerec propose to make Barbara's position permanent at Cold Springs Harbor?

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

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

5. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?

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