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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 presented the third paper in the 1951 symposium?
(a) Lewis Stadler.
(b) Milislav Demerec.
(c) Richard Goldschmidt.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

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

3. In what month did a letter arrive from Barbara's old friend, George Beadle, suggesting she come to Stanford for a visit?
(a) October.
(b) July.
(c) March.
(d) January.

4. In what year was Barbara's last attempt to explain her work to her colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor?
(a) 1960.
(b) 1969.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1955.

5. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?
(a) One.
(b) Five.
(c) None.
(d) Two.

Short Answer Questions

1. Evelyn Keller likens different "languages" in science from an example of Freeman Dyson, who was an "interpreter" for who?

2. It is mentioned in Chapter 7 that in hindsight, most historians would say that the molecular revolution began at what time?

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

4. Who extended an invitation to Barbara to help in the collection and preservation of maize in Central and South America?

5. Who did Barbara write to to arrange an invitation to Cold Springs Harbor?

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. What is the answer to Eveyln Keller's question when she asks, "What enabled McClintock to see further and deeper into the mysteries of genetics than her colleagues?"

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. Among the plants in Barbara's very first crop there was one that was particularly noteworthy. Why?

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

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