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. In Milislav Demerec's first moves in his new position as the Director of the Department of Genetics of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, he gave Barbara a position for what length of time?
(a) One year.
(b) Two years.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Five years.

2. What does the term, dissociation mean?
(a) Combining into larger masses.
(b) The processing of materials into a different material.
(c) Controlled breakage.
(d) Complete disappearance of a part.

3. According to Gerald Horton, as Saint Thomas saw seraphim and Jean Perrin saw atoms, who saw electrons?
(a) McClintock.
(b) Roughe.
(c) Einstein.
(d) Millikan.

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

5. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller writes about Barbara giving her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium and that it was met with what?
(a) Stony silence.
(b) Loud cheers.
(c) Grateful applause.
(d) Stunned awkwardness.

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

7. 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 University of Missouri.
(c) The Rockefeller Foundation.
(d) The National Society of Sciences.

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

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

10. 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) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

11. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?
(a) Bacteria.
(b) Protein.
(c) Us.
(d) Eukaryotes

12. Who asked Barbara how she could have worked "for two years without knowing what was going to come out?"
(a) Evelyn Witkin.
(b) Milislav Demerec.
(c) Marcus Rhoades.
(d) George Beadle.

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

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

15. Barbara felt like above all, one must have what?
(a) A feeling for the organism.
(b) Ability to change our perception of things.
(c) Complete willingness to accept.
(d) Understanding of the possibility of the unknown.

Short Answer Questions

1. Barbara McClintock sent off a paper entitled "Some Parallels Between Gene Control Systems in Maize and in Bacteria" to where?

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

3. 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?"

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

5. Why did Barbara feel bad every time she walked on grass?

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