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

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

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

4. In what month did a letter arrive from Barbara's old friend, George Beadle, suggesting she come to Stanford for a visit?
(a) July.
(b) October.
(c) March.
(d) January.

5. What was Demerec summing up by the words, "Ten years ago they were visualized as fixed units with precise boundaries?"
(a) Scientists.
(b) Chromosomes.
(c) Genes.
(d) Cells.

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

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

8. Among plants in the first crop, there were patterns of variegation so unusual they "could not fail to catch the eye". What was so unusual about these kernels?
(a) They should have all been the same color, but there were four different colors present.
(b) They should have been yellow, but they were brown.
(c) They should have been colorless, but there were spots of color.
(d) They should have been all uniform shape, but there were some that were much larger than expected.

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

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

11. In Chapter 12, Keller mentions that the adaptability of what tends to be especially unappreciated?
(a) Drosophila.
(b) Plants.
(c) Maize.
(d) Humans.

12. 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?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Five.
(d) One.

13. What is one of the most fundamental questions of genetics that was mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 11?
(a) How do genes change in generations?
(b) How do genes make up particular objects?
(c) How are genes important to the world of science?
(d) How do genes make exact copies of themselves?

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

15. In what year was Barbara's last attempt to explain her work to her colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor?
(a) 1955.
(b) 1960.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1969.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the director of the 1951 symposium?

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

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

4. Max Delbruck first came to the United States from what country?

5. Bacterial chromosomes contain little, if any what?

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