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

2. How many chromosomes did corn or maize have?
(a) Ten.
(b) Three.
(c) Six.
(d) Fifteen.

3. To what position was Barbara McClintock elected in 1945?
(a) Secretary of the Genetics Society.
(b) Vice President of the National Academy of Science.
(c) Treasurer of the National Academy of Science.
(d) President of the Genetics Society.

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

5. In what year was the term "genetics" coined?
(a) 1905.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1912.
(d) 1915.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year was Barbara McClintock elected Vice President of the Genetics Society of America?

2. In what year did Richard B. Goldschmidt die?

3. In what year did Cornell appoint its first woman assistant professor in something other than home economics?

4. Who discovered the enormous salivary chromosomes of Drosophila?

5. Darlington described that in an adaptive hierarchy the chromosomes always come first. What comes second?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened with Sara Handy and Thomas McClintock after Thomas graduated from Boston University Medical school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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