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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. How did Evelyn Witkin say she learned from Barbara and developed her own understanding from her?
(a) By reading Barbara's in depth notes.
(b) By looking over Barbara's shoulder.
(c) By watching Barbara work from across the lab during the late night hours.
(d) By listening to recordings that Barbara taped to teach others.

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?
(a) Jean Picard.
(b) Francois Jacob.
(c) Jacques Alexander César.
(d) Jacques Monod.

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

12. What is Neurospora?
(a) A gray mold on fruit.
(b) A red mold on bread.
(c) A green mold on mushrooms.
(d) A orange mold on corn.

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) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) One.
(d) Five.

14. 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) Barbara McClintock.
(b) Evelyn Witkin.
(c) Marcus Rhoades.
(d) Harriet Creighton.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what month did a letter arrive from Barbara's old friend, George Beadle, suggesting she come to Stanford for a visit?

2. Barbara suggested that we must have what to "let it come to you"?

3. In addition to making copies of itself, DNA also makes what?

4. Who was the director of the 1951 symposium?

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

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