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

2. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?
(a) Protein.
(b) Eukaryotes
(c) Bacteria.
(d) Us.

3. It is mentioned in Chapter 7 that in hindsight, most historians would say that the molecular revolution began at what time?
(a) The early 1950's.
(b) The late 1920's.
(c) The early 1940's.
(d) The early 1930's.

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

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

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

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

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

9. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?
(a) Two.
(b) None.
(c) Five.
(d) One.

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

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

12. What did Einstein call a deep reverence for nature?
(a) Pantheism thinking.
(b) Cosmic religiosity.
(c) Deep ecology.
(d) Serenity thought.

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

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

15. According to Gerald Horton, as Saint Thomas saw seraphim and Jean Perrin saw atoms, who saw electrons?
(a) McClintock.
(b) Einstein.
(c) Roughe.
(d) Millikan.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?

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

3. In addition to making copies of itself, DNA also makes what?

4. Who was quoted in the book as saying, "You let the material tell you where to go, and it tells you at every step what the next has to be?"

5. 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?

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