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

2. In what year did Richard B. Goldschmidt die?
(a) 1949.
(b) 1943.
(c) 1952.
(d) 1958.

3. What was the name of the book that was published by Morgan, Sturtevant, Muller, and Bridges?
(a) Mendelian Segregation.
(b) Medelian Mode of Inheritance.
(c) The Mechanism of Mendelian Heredity.
(d) The Theory of Mendelian Heredity.

4. What instrument did Barbara play in a jazz improvisation group?
(a) Saxaphone.
(b) Bass guitar.
(c) Tenor banjo.
(d) Piano.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote A Short History of Genetics?

2. What did Barbara think wasn't solvable, but was "merely a symbol"?

3. In what year was the first woman admitted to Cornell University?

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

5. An experimental breeder can tell what a chromosomes is like from doing what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 James A. Peters say about the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote?

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

6. What are the different stages of mitosis?

7. What were the fundamental questions of genetics during the time of the early 1930s?

8. 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?

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

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

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