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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. When Barbara was taking a geology final when she was a Junior in college, what couldn't she remember?
(a) Her teacher's name.
(b) Her name.
(c) The room number the class was in.
(d) The name of the class.

2. How long did the first conversation between Evelyn Keller and Barbara McClintock last?
(a) Thirty minutes.
(b) Forty-five minutes.
(c) Five hours.
(d) Two hours.

3. Chromosomes became shorter and thicker during the first stage of what?
(a) Division prophase.
(b) Meiosis.
(c) Mitosis.
(d) Metaphase.

4. In what year was Barbara McClintock elected Vice President of the Genetics Society of America?
(a) 1931.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1939.
(d) 1942.

5. One day, why did Barbara climb the side of a building and let herself in a window?
(a) Because she had forgot her keys.
(b) Because she was displaying to her students that you can't always follow the norm.
(c) Because she wanted to surprise a friend.
(d) Because she was trying to catch a cat.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the Vice President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937?

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

3. What was the name of T.H. Morgan's single laboratory at Columbia University?

4. Who described Barbara as having a "green thumb" because everything she did turned into something big?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Barbara signed up for a large overload of classes at Cornell and why did she do it?

2. What happened when Lotte Auerbach from the University of Edinburgh visited Barbara in her lab at Cold Spring Harbor?

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

4. in the late 1950s, what was the new option that materialized for Barbara?

5. After a decade of total frustration in her efforts, what happened to make Barbara think that the resistance would be weakened that she had encountered?

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

7. What did Lewis Stadler point out about the knowledge of genes and who else made this point with him?

8. Why was Barbara apprehensive about presenting her data at the next annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

9. What is the example involving Love Canal that Barbara tries to explain relating to scientists and engineers?

10. Why did it take Barbara six years before she could present the scientific world with her ideas on transposition?

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