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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. In what year was the First Oxford Chromosome Conference held?
(a) 1949.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1952.
(d) 1958.

2. In Chapter 1, it is mentioned that immune systems were studied in what animal?
(a) Mice.
(b) Rabbits.
(c) Dogs.
(d) Rats.

3. How does an anatomist see chromosomes?
(a) Through a math formula.
(b) As representing a chemical structure and a genetic code.
(c) As a property of the organism.
(d) As very small rod-shaped bodies possibly present in all cells.

4. Ribosomes are the what of protein synthesis?
(a) Factories.
(b) Garbage cans.
(c) Workmen.
(d) Wheels.

5. What did the Dean at the University of Missouri tell Barbara would happen if something happened to Stadler?
(a) That they would promote her to Stadler's job.
(b) That she could take the Dean's place after he retired.
(c) That they would have to fire her.
(d) That Stadler would try to get her to leave.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of the science that was born in T. H. Morgan's lab?

2. Who wrote A Short History of Genetics?

3. Many mutations that were happening in the maize had never been seen before, and some of these involved gross changes in what?

4. There were elements of the bacterial genome that were discovered that seemed to "jump around". These were called transposons, insertion elements, or what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In 1931, why did Barbara start to feel like it was time to leave Cornell?

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

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

4. What did T.H. Morgan tell a disappointed reader who confronted him about his book, Embryology and Genetics?

5. What two people did Barbara McClintock invite to Cold Spring Harbor to outline the parallels with her own work and how was their work different from McClintock's?

6. What happened with Sara Handy and Thomas McClintock after Thomas graduated from Boston University Medical school?

7. When Barbara went to Germany because of her Guggenheim Fellowship, why did she describe it later as a "very, very traumatic" experience?

8. What award did Brandeis University give McClintock and what was the award for?

9. 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?

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

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