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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. Who was the President of the Carnegie Institution that Demerec urged Barbara to go talk to?
(a) Salvador Luria.
(b) Charles B. Davenport.
(c) Vannevar Bush.
(d) Marcus Rhoades.

2. Who was the director of the 1951 symposium?
(a) Lewis Stadler.
(b) Milislav Demerec.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Richard Goldschmidt.

3. Bacterial chromosomes contain little, if any what?
(a) Plasma membrane.
(b) Protein.
(c) Carbon.
(d) Chromatin.

4. Who asked Barbara how she could have worked "for two years without knowing what was going to come out?"
(a) Milislav Demerec.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) George Beadle.
(d) Evelyn Witkin.

5. Max Delbruck first came to the United States from what country?
(a) Sweden.
(b) Germany.
(c) China.
(d) Brazil.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Demerec summing up by the words, "Ten years ago they were visualized as fixed units with precise boundaries?"

2. What is one of the most fundamental questions of genetics that was mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 11?

3. In Chapter 7, Esther Parker had bought a farm that was located how many miles north of Ithaca?

4. In what year did Lewis Stadler die?

5. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Milislav Demerec describe what the view of genes was in 1941?

2. Describe how the information or data that Barbara had collected filled her office.

3. During the time of the 1960s and 1970s what new honors did Barbara recieve from the larger world of biology?

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

5. What did Keller say about good science and what does it need to proceed?

6. 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?

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

8. In the early twentieth century what kind of science did biology transform into and what kind of science had it been before that?

9. How did Barbara arrange to get an invitation to Cold Spring Harbor?

10. Why did Freeman Dyson state that Richard Feynman was unable to communicate and hard to understand?

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