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 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.

2. 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) Elm.
(c) Weeping Willow.
(d) Eucalyptus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

11. In Chapter 7, Esther Parker had bought a farm that was located how many miles north of Ithaca?
(a) Twenty-five.
(b) Forty-five.
(c) Fifty.
(d) Thirty.

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

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

14. 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) Stunned awkwardness.
(b) Grateful applause.
(c) Stony silence.
(d) Loud cheers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Cold Spring Harbor Symposium of 1951 was on what?

2. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?

3. How many scientists are mentioned in the quote by Einstein when he talks about the deep longing that has to be present in scientists?

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

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

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