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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. 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 drive to succeed.
(d) Her love for studying.

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

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

4. How many kinds of RNA are made?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

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

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

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

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

9. 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) Elm.
(c) Pine.
(d) Eucalyptus.

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

11. Max Delbruck first came to the United States from what country?
(a) Sweden.
(b) Germany.
(c) Brazil.
(d) China.

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

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

14. 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.

15. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Who was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?

4. In Drosophila a bacterium divide in two every how many minutes?

5. Who asked Barbara how she could have worked "for two years without knowing what was going to come out?"

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