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

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

3. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?
(a) Six years.
(b) Twelve years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Four years.

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

5. Gerald Holton commented on scientific imagination and it's importance to how many particular scientists?
(a) Three.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

6. 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) A week.
(d) Ten days.

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

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

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

10. In the mutant seedlings that Barbara had grown, what could be seen that didn't belong?
(a) Streaks or spots of color.
(b) No growth of kernals in many spots.
(c) Discolored kernals that were green.
(d) Rings around the outside husk of the corn.

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

12. Max Delbruck first came to the United States from what country?
(a) Germany.
(b) China.
(c) Sweden.
(d) Brazil.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?

2. In what year was Barbara's last attempt to explain her work to her colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor?

3. What does the term, dissociation mean?

4. Keller also mentioned that Barbara suggested to us that we must have what to "hear what the material has to say to you"?

5. 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?"

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