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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 was the co-author with McClintock on the paper that provided conclusive evidence for the chromosomal basis of genetics?
(a) Rollins Emerson.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) George Beadle.
(d) Harriet Creighton.

2. What is the word that is used to describe the joining of fragments that have broken off a chromosome?
(a) Conjoin.
(b) Anneal.
(c) Genderate.
(d) Fuse.

3. In what year was the first woman admitted to Cornell University?
(a) 1872.
(b) 1869.
(c) 1893.
(d) 1881.

4. At what age did Barbara ask for a set of tools?
(a) Four.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) Six.

5. What is the word that describes a chromosome that has two centromeres?
(a) Dichromosomic.
(b) Dicentric.
(c) Dicentromeric.
(d) Digenetic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the names of the flies that were used in studying genetics?

2. Both of the grandparents on Barbara's mother side could be traced back to what?

3. In the fall of what year did Evelyn Keller drive out to Cold Spring Harbor to speak with Barbara McClintock?

4. Where are chromosomes found?

5. Lewis Stadler had been at the University of Missouri in Columbia since what year?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the information or data that Barbara had collected filled her office.

2. 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?

3. In Chapter 7, when it was mentioned that Barbara was in private upheaval, what significant event happened during that time and why was she in private upheaval?

4. Why did Barbara's position at Missouri not work out, according to Barbara herself?

5. What did Keller say about good science and what does it need to proceed?

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

7. What did George Beadle tell Warren Weaver of the Rockefeller Foundation about Barbara's visit to Stanford?

8. What did Barbara feel was an organism that was especially unappreciated and why?

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

10. What was the subject of the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote in 1931?

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