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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 quoted as saying, "By God, that woman is either crazy or a genius."?
(a) Joshua Lederberg.
(b) Esther Parker.
(c) Evelyn Witkin.
(d) George Beadle.

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

3. In Chapter 8, Evelyn Keller talks about scientists that set out to understand a new principle of order. What does she say is one of the first things that the scientists do?
(a) They watch the development of the order and then compare it to other orders.
(b) They identify any possibilites in a different order.
(c) They make a list of rules that the order should follow.
(d) Look for events that disturb that order.

4. Who was the theoretical physicist who was trained by Niels Bohr?
(a) Milislav Demerec.
(b) Max Delbruck.
(c) Lewis Stadler.
(d) Barbara McClintock.

5. In Chapter 10, who did Stadler quote to support one of his arguments?
(a) Humpty Dumpty.
(b) Alice in Wonderland.
(c) The Mad Hatter.
(d) The Queen of Hearts.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Milislav Demerec's first moves in his new position as the Director of the Department of Genetics of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, he gave Barbara a position for what length of time?

2. Gerald Holton commented on scientific imagination and it's importance to how many particular scientists?

3. In what year was Barbara's last attempt to explain her work to her colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

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

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

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

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

6. What happened when Lotte Auerbach from the University of Edinburgh visited Barbara in her lab at Cold Spring Harbor?

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

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

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

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

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