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

2. Who described Barbara as having a "green thumb" because everything she did turned into something big?
(a) L.C. Dunn.
(b) Lewis Stadler.
(c) Her father, Dr. McClintock.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

3. What did Stadler and McClintock share a keen interest in concerning maize?
(a) The length of its generations.
(b) Its ease of study.
(c) The length of its chromosomes.
(d) Its genetic composition.

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

5. Where are chromosomes found?
(a) In a cell's nucleolus.
(b) In a cell's nucleous.
(c) On a cell's centrosome.
(d) In a cell's spindle.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the word or words that Barbara used in the book to describe a plant that was part dominant and part recessive?

2. How often did fruit flies give geneticists a new generation to study?

3. Who was the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute when Barbara received the Guggenheim Fellowship?

4. In the summer of 1931, an invitation from Lewis Stadler brought Barbara where?

5. What position was Barbara McClintock elected to in 1939?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was the person that came to Cornell to get his PhD in genetics, why did he come to Cornell, and what was his previous experience?

3. What two people did Barbara McClintock invite to Cold Spring Harbor to outline the parallels with her own work and how was their work different from McClintock's?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why was the year 1944 a crucial year for Barbara McClintock and the history of genetics?

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