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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. Who was quoted as saying, "By God, that woman is either crazy or a genius."?
(a) George Beadle.
(b) Evelyn Witkin.
(c) Joshua Lederberg.
(d) Esther Parker.

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

3. In Milislav Demerec's first moves in his new position as the Director of the Department of Genetics of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, he gave Barbara a position for what length of time?
(a) Five years.
(b) One year.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Two years.

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

5. In addition to making copies of itself, DNA also makes what?
(a) CNA.
(b) Chromosomes.
(c) Multiple nuclei.
(d) RNA.

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

7. 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.

8. Keller states in Chapter 12 that good science cannot proceed without what?
(a) A deep emotional investment on the part of the scientist.
(b) A good scientist.
(c) A willingness to accept a different solution than what you were hoping for.
(d) A openness to change.

9. 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 the results were wrong.
(d) She thought that maize would be the same.

10. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?
(a) Her drive to succeed.
(b) Her love for studying.
(c) Her willingness to let her brain take over.
(d) Her ultimate knowledge.

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

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

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Barbara suggested that we must have what to "let it come to you"?

2. Evelyn Keller likens different "languages" in science from an example of Freeman Dyson, who was an "interpreter" for who?

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

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

5. How did Evelyn Witkin say she learned from Barbara and developed her own understanding from her?

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