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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 1942, why had the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor become even quieter than normal?
(a) Because they closed their doors for a couple years.
(b) Because of the war.
(c) Because they didn't have any openings for new scientists.
(d) Because no one wanted to work with Barbara.

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

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) January.
(d) March.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller writes about Barbara giving her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium and that it was met with what?

2. Who was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?

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

4. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?

5. Among plants in the first crop, there were patterns of variegation so unusual they "could not fail to catch the eye". What was so unusual about these kernels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were some of the reasons that Cold Spring Harbor was appealing to scientists during the summer?

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

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

6. 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?"

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

8. 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?

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

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

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