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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. Barbara McClintock worked in Cold Spring Harbor since what year?
(a) 1934.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1931.
(d) 1941.

2. What high school did Barbara attend?
(a) James Madison High School.
(b) Brooklyn High School.
(c) Maxwell High School.
(d) Erasmus Hall High School.

3. Darlington described that in an adaptive hierarchy the chromosomes always come first. What comes second?
(a) Organisms.
(b) Genes.
(c) Second generation chromosomes.
(d) Transposed cells.

4. The subject of cytogenetics is about the relationship between the chromosomes and what?
(a) The chromatids.
(b) Transfusion.
(c) The nuclei.
(d) The genetic systems.

5. What was the name of the cytology professor that gave Barbara private courses on Saturdays?
(a) Lester Sharp.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) Rollins Emerson.
(d) Thomas Belling.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Stadler and McClintock share a keen interest in concerning maize?

2. Who said, "I've known a lot of famous scientists. But the only one I thought really was a genius was McClintock"?

3. What was the name of the book that was published by Morgan, Sturtevant, Muller, and Bridges?

4. What characteristically induces many chromosome breaks?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Lotte Auerbach from the University of Edinburgh visited Barbara in her lab at Cold Spring Harbor?

2. What is the final stage of mitosis and what happens during this phase?

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

4. When Barbara went to Germany because of her Guggenheim Fellowship, why did she describe it later as a "very, very traumatic" 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. Among the plants in Barbara's very first crop there was one that was particularly noteworthy. Why?

7. What are the different stages of mitosis?

8. 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?

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

10. What did Lewis Stadler point out about the knowledge of genes and who else made this point with him?

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