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

2. What did Barbara's uncle do for a living?
(a) He was a farmer.
(b) He was a baker.
(c) He was a fish dealer.
(d) He was a scientist.

3. In 1944, a paper was published demonstrating that what provided the material basis for inheritance?
(a) DNA.
(b) Fruit flies.
(c) Chromosomes.
(d) Maize studies.

4. In what year was the Sixth European Nucleolar Workshop held?
(a) 1971.
(b) 1973.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1979.

5. What position was Barbara McClintock elected to in 1939?
(a) President of the Genetics Society of America.
(b) Vice President of the Genetics Society of America.
(c) President of the National Research Council Fellowship.
(d) Director of the Natural Sciences Division.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the term that McClintock phrased that meant a capacity to change positions?

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

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

4. What was the name of the book that was published by Morgan, Sturtevant, Muller, and Bridges?

5. Who was the co-author with McClintock on the paper that provided conclusive evidence for the chromosomal basis of genetics?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What did Barbara do when she heard of people that were being hired as associate professors that didn't have the same credentials as herself, yet she remained an assistant professor?

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

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

8. What happened when Barbara discovered a way to identify maize chromosomes when she was working as a paid assistant to a cytologist?

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

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

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