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

2. What characteristically induces many chromosome breaks?
(a) Nuclear division.
(b) Nuclear power.
(c) Sonic booms.
(d) X Rays.

3. Who was the Vice President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937?
(a) Ross Harrison.
(b) Harriet Creighton.
(c) T.H. Morgan.
(d) George Beadle.

4. In the fall of what year did Evelyn Keller drive out to Cold Spring Harbor to speak with Barbara McClintock?
(a) 1973.
(b) 1975.
(c) 1980.
(d) 1978.

5. What were the first chromosomes visible as?
(a) Large square-like shapes.
(b) Long slender threads.
(c) Short fat chunks.
(d) Small circular shapes.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Barbara when her name was changed to Barbara?

2. What part of the corn was considered to be the endosperm tissue?

3. Who was the co-author with McClintock on the paper that provided conclusive evidence for the chromosomal basis of genetics?

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

5. Who described Barbara as having a "green thumb" because everything she did turned into something big?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Barbara experience long-term consequences because of the absence of a professional niche?

4. Who was the person that came to Cornell to get his PhD in genetics, why did he come to Cornell, and what was his previous experience?

5. 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?

6. What happened to Barbara a little more than a year after her brother, Tom, was born?

7. In the mid-1930's and when she left Missouri what had she considered doing because of her jobless status?

8. What happened the time that Barbara was out playing basketball or volleyball in the neighborhood and a woman called her over to her house?

9. After Barbara received her PhD in botany and was appointed as an instructor, she knew what her next task would be. What was that task?

10. Why was it described in the book that Barbara was born into the role of maverick and pioneer?

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