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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) Cornell.
(b) Columbia.
(c) Cold Spring Harbor.
(d) Harvard.

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

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

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

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

6. 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 late 1920's.
(c) The early 1930's.
(d) The early 1950's.

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

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

9. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?
(a) Messenger RNA.
(b) Coding RNA.
(c) Transfer RNA.
(d) Ribosomal RNA.

10. In what year did Lewis Stadler die?
(a) 1951.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1955.
(d) 1950.

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

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

13. In addition to making copies of itself, DNA also makes what?
(a) Multiple nuclei.
(b) CNA.
(c) Chromosomes.
(d) RNA.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 7, Esther Parker had bought a farm that was located how many miles north of Ithaca?

2. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller quotes Einstein. He said, "To these elementary laws there leads no logical path, but only" what?

3. What did Barbara think when she found that Drosophila that were affected by radiation were more vigorous than the standard Drosophila?

4. What is Neurospora?

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

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