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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. There were elements of the bacterial genome that were discovered that seemed to "jump around". These were called transposons, insertion elements, or what?
(a) Jumping genes.
(b) Leaping elements.
(c) Leaping genes.
(d) Jumping elements.

2. Who said, "She is sore at the world because of her conviction that she would have a much freer scientific opportunity if she were a man"?
(a) T.H. Morgan.
(b) Harriet Creighton.
(c) Warren Weaver.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

3. When Barbara's father made an unofficial visit Frank Hanson concerning his daughter, he was currently working for what company as an industrial surgeon?
(a) Rockefeller Group.
(b) Consolidated Iron Mines.
(c) Standard Oil.
(d) World Oil.

4. An experimental breeder can tell what a chromosomes is like from doing what?
(a) Seeing diagrams of the particular chromosome.
(b) Looking at the genetic code.
(c) Peering at it through a microscope.
(d) Looking at the whole organism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the summer of 1931, an invitation from Lewis Stadler brought Barbara where?

2. What was the first name of Barbara's mother?

3. In what year did McClintock complete her graduate work?

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

5. In Chapter 1, it is mentioned that immune systems were studied in what animal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the difference of studying genetics in maize versus Drosophilia?

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. What are the different stages of mitosis?

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

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

10. In Chapter 6, what are the three major concerns of twentieth-century biology that are mentioned?

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