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

2. When McClintock speaks about having no chance of being promoted she states that she was excluded from what?
(a) Faculty meetings.
(b) Weekend get-togethers.
(c) Decisions about the department.
(d) Class time with other professors.

3. What was the name of the science that was born in T. H. Morgan's lab?
(a) Cytogenetics.
(b) Radiation genetics.
(c) Botony.
(d) Mycogenetics

4. In Hanson's informal notes concerning Barbara, he claims that she weighed approximately how many pounds?
(a) 110.
(b) 100.
(c) 90.
(d) 95.

5. Who was considered to be the severest critic in the field of genetics during Barbara's time in the field?
(a) Richard B. Goldschmidt.
(b) Stephen Jay Gould.
(c) Alfred Sturtevant.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of Edward Tatum and George Beadle's hypothesis?

2. How many kinds of nuclear division do cells undergo?

3. In 1944, a paper was published demonstrating that what provided the material basis for inheritance?

4. The differences that were studied in fruit flies had to do with their eye color and what else?

5. How long did Barbara have the position of assistant professor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When Ross Harrison gave his retirement speech from the vice presidency of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937, what did he state the embryologist was more concerned with?

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

6. Who was Lewis Stadler and why did he want Barbara as a colleague?

7. How did Barbara spend her time between the years of 1931 and 1933?

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

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

10. What were Barbara's "personality difficulties" as described by T. H. Morgan?

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