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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. After what length of time did Demerec propose to make Barbara's position permanent at Cold Springs Harbor?
(a) Ten days.
(b) Two months.
(c) A week.
(d) A year.

2. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?
(a) The Carnegie Institution of Washington.
(b) The University of Missouri.
(c) The Rockefeller Foundation.
(d) The National Society of Sciences.

3. What did Einstein call a deep reverence for nature?
(a) Cosmic religiosity.
(b) Serenity thought.
(c) Pantheism thinking.
(d) Deep ecology.

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

5. How many parts are in the process of transposition?
(a) Three.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Lewis Stadler die?

2. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?

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

4. Who was the President of the Carnegie Institution that Demerec urged Barbara to go talk to?

5. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the three critical factors in Millikan's style of research that Holton cited?

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

3. How did Max Delbruck put Cold Spring Harbor on the map and for whom?

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

5. What did Barbara feel was an organism that was especially unappreciated and why?

6. In Chapter 7, when it was mentioned that Barbara was in private upheaval, what significant event happened during that time and why was she in private upheaval?

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

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

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

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

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