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. Who extended an invitation to Barbara to help in the collection and preservation of maize in Central and South America?
(a) The National Academy of Sciences.
(b) The National Institute of Medicine.
(c) The National Academies.
(d) The Organization of National Sciences.

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

3. When was Barbara's obvious occasion to present the full account of her work?
(a) The publication of Recent Advances in Cytology.
(b) The gathering of the national Academy of Sciences.
(c) The next annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium.
(d) The next scientist's convention at Rutgers University.

4. Who said of Barbara that "she was able to convey it to someone who was completely outside the field. She was able to make it real?"
(a) Marcus Rhoades.
(b) George Beadle.
(c) Evelyn Witkin.
(d) Stanley Stephens.

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

6. In Chapter 11, Evelyn Keller states that molecular biology rescued the gene from decades of ambiguity and what?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Darkness.
(c) Mistakes.
(d) Guesses.

7. 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) Streaks or spots of color.
(d) No growth of kernals in many spots.

8. In Chapter 10, who did Stadler quote to support one of his arguments?
(a) The Queen of Hearts.
(b) Humpty Dumpty.
(c) The Mad Hatter.
(d) Alice in Wonderland.

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

10. What did Barbara think when she found that Drosophila that were affected by radiation were more vigorous than the standard Drosophila?
(a) She thought the results were wrong.
(b) She that it was terribly funny.
(c) She thought of changing her field of study.
(d) She thought that maize would be the same.

11. 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) Pine.
(b) Weeping Willow.
(c) Elm.
(d) Eucalyptus.

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. After what length of time did Demerec propose to make Barbara's position permanent at Cold Springs Harbor?

2. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller states that both science and art are dependent on what?

3. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?

4. What did Einstein call a deep reverence for nature?

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

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