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

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

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

4. 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 next scientist's convention at Rutgers University.
(d) The gathering of the national Academy of Sciences.

5. Why did Barbara feel bad every time she walked on grass?
(a) Because she knew what sidewalks were for.
(b) Because she didn't want to get her shoes dirty.
(c) Because she knew the grass was screaming at her.
(d) Because she knew the grass would die.

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

7. 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.

8. 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) Two.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

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

10. In 1942, why had the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor become even quieter than normal?
(a) Because they didn't have any openings for new scientists.
(b) Because no one wanted to work with Barbara.
(c) Because of the war.
(d) Because they closed their doors for a couple years.

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

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

13. 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 CIW yearbook.
(c) The Cornell yearbook.
(d) The Missouri yearbook.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What was Demerec summing up by the words, "Ten years ago they were visualized as fixed units with precise boundaries?"

5. Gerald Holton commented on scientific imagination and it's importance to how many particular scientists?

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