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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. When Barbara was unwilling to accept her failure to see the Neurospora chromosomes, she went outside to sit and meditate under what type of tree?
(a) Weeping Willow.
(b) Eucalyptus.
(c) Elm.
(d) Pine.

2. 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.

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

4. Barbara suggested that we must have what to "let it come to you"?
(a) Openness.
(b) Reverence.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Control.

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

6. 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 Cornell yearbook.
(c) The Missouri yearbook.
(d) The CIW yearbook.

7. Among plants in the first crop, there were patterns of variegation so unusual they "could not fail to catch the eye". What was so unusual about these kernels?
(a) They should have been all uniform shape, but there were some that were much larger than expected.
(b) They should have been yellow, but they were brown.
(c) They should have been colorless, but there were spots of color.
(d) They should have all been the same color, but there were four different colors present.

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

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

10. 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) Yale.
(c) The University of Edinburgh.
(d) Cold Spring Harbor.

11. In what year was Barbara's last attempt to explain her work to her colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor?
(a) 1960.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1955.

12. Evelyn Keller likens different "languages" in science from an example of Freeman Dyson, who was an "interpreter" for who?
(a) Richard Feynman.
(b) Albert Einstein.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Niels Bohr.

13. 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 make exact copies of themselves?
(c) How are genes important to the world of science?
(d) How do genes change in generations?

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Gerald Holton commented on scientific imagination and it's importance to how many particular scientists?

3. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?

4. According to Gerald Horton, as Saint Thomas saw seraphim and Jean Perrin saw atoms, who saw electrons?

5. Keller also mentioned that Barbara suggested to us that we must have what to "hear what the material has to say to you"?

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