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

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

3. How many scientists are mentioned in the quote by Einstein when he talks about the deep longing that has to be present in scientists?
(a) One.
(b) Three.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

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

5. The Cold Spring Harbor Symposium of 1951 was on what?
(a) Transposition and Mutations.
(b) Evolution and Genes.
(c) Genes and Transposition.
(d) Genes and Mutations.

6. What is one of the most fundamental questions of genetics that was mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 11?
(a) How do genes make up particular objects?
(b) How do genes change in generations?
(c) How do genes make exact copies of themselves?
(d) How are genes important to the world of science?

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

8. Who was quoted as saying, "By God, that woman is either crazy or a genius."?
(a) Evelyn Witkin.
(b) Esther Parker.
(c) Joshua Lederberg.
(d) George Beadle.

9. 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.

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

11. After Barbara's efforts were in vain to explain her discoveries she didn't talk except for the annual reports in what?
(a) The Cold Spring Harbor yearbook.
(b) The Missouri yearbook.
(c) The Cornell yearbook.
(d) The CIW yearbook.

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

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

14. In the mutant seedlings that Barbara had grown, what could be seen that didn't belong?
(a) Streaks or spots of color.
(b) No growth of kernals in many spots.
(c) Discolored kernals that were green.
(d) Rings around the outside husk of the corn.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Neurospora?

2. How many parts are in the process of transposition?

3. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?

4. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?

5. How many years later was it when Barbara made her second presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

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