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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. Evelyn Keller likens different "languages" in science from an example of Freeman Dyson, who was an "interpreter" for who?
(a) Albert Einstein.
(b) Niels Bohr.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Richard Feynman.

2. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?
(a) Her willingness to let her brain take over.
(b) Her love for studying.
(c) Her drive to succeed.
(d) Her ultimate knowledge.

3. In what year did Evelyn Witkin come to Cold Spring Harbor?
(a) 1942.
(b) 1951.
(c) 1944.
(d) 1954.

4. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?
(a) Cold Spring Harbor.
(b) Harvard.
(c) Columbia.
(d) Cornell.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Evelyn Witkin say she learned from Barbara and developed her own understanding from her?

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

3. In Chapter 10, who did Stadler quote to support one of his arguments?

4. Keller also mentioned that Barbara suggested to us that we must have what to "hear what the material has to say to you"?

5. Who said of Barbara that "she was able to convey it to someone who was completely outside the field. She was able to make it real?"

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?"

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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