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

2. 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 watch the development of the order and then compare it to other orders.
(c) Look for events that disturb that order.
(d) They identify any possibilites in a different order.

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

4. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller states that both science and art are dependent on what?
(a) Persistence.
(b) Unlikely solutions.
(c) Internal visions.
(d) Belief and hope.

5. Who was the theoretical physicist who was trained by Niels Bohr?
(a) Milislav Demerec.
(b) Lewis Stadler.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Max Delbruck.

6. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?
(a) The National Society of Sciences.
(b) The University of Missouri.
(c) The Rockefeller Foundation.
(d) The Carnegie Institution of Washington.

7. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?
(a) Her drive to succeed.
(b) Her ultimate knowledge.
(c) Her love for studying.
(d) Her willingness to let her brain take over.

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

9. In what year did Evelyn Witkin come to Cold Spring Harbor?
(a) 1951.
(b) 1942.
(c) 1954.
(d) 1944.

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

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

13. What is Neurospora?
(a) A orange mold on corn.
(b) A red mold on bread.
(c) A gray mold on fruit.
(d) A green mold on mushrooms.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who presented the first paper in the 1951 symposium?

2. In Chapter 12, Keller mentions that the adaptability of what tends to be especially unappreciated?

3. Who was the President of the Carnegie Institution that Demerec urged Barbara to go talk to?

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

5. In Chapter 10, who did Stadler quote to support one of his arguments?

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