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Evelyn Fox Keller
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What discovery was a great boost to cytological analysis in 1933?
(a) The discovery of the giant salivary gland chromosomes in Drosophila.
(b) The discovery of small kernal change chromosomes in maize.
(c) The discovery of the small salivary gland chromosomes in Drosophila.
(d) The discovery of giant kernal change chromosomes in maize.

2. What is another word for the process of synapsis?
(a) Duplication.
(b) Metaphase.
(c) Conjugation.
(d) Transfusion.

3. There was a gap that appeared in Barbara's list of publications. In what year did she not publish anything?
(a) 1936.
(b) 1938.
(c) 1935.
(d) 1939.

4. George Beadle was a young graduate student from where?
(a) Nebraska.
(b) South Dakota.
(c) Kansas.
(d) Iowa.

5. Who said, "I've known a lot of famous scientists. But the only one I thought really was a genius was McClintock"?
(a) George Beadle.
(b) Rollins Emerson.
(c) Marcus Rhoades.
(d) Charles Burnham.

Short Answer Questions

1. Darlington described that in an adaptive hierarchy the chromosomes always come first. What comes second?

2. What year was it that Barbara requested a leave of absence without pay and left Missouri?

3. What high school did Barbara attend?

4. When McClintock speaks about having no chance of being promoted she states that she was excluded from what?

5. What was the term that McClintock phrased that meant a capacity to change positions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does C.D. Darlington remind his colleagues of in the opening pages of Recent Advances in Cytology?

2. What did Barbara do when she heard of people that were being hired as associate professors that didn't have the same credentials as herself, yet she remained an assistant professor?

3. Why was the year 1944 a crucial year for Barbara McClintock and the history of genetics?

4. Describe Barbara's temperament as a child and what happened because of it.

5. What were the fundamental questions of genetics during the time of the early 1930s?

6. An excerpt from Frank Hanson's informal notes about Barbara McClintock are found in Chapter 4. How does Hanson describe Barbara's physical appearance?

7. When C.D. Darlington was describing the views of colleagues in different types of sciences, which type of scientist does he compare to the naturalist and how does a naturalist see chromosomes?

8. What are the three stages of prophase in meiosis?

9. What did James A. Peters say about the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote?

10. What are some things that were described in Chapter 5 that Barbara did that "irk the authorities" at Missouri?

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