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

2. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?
(a) Protein.
(b) Bacteria.
(c) Eukaryotes
(d) Us.

3. Who was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?
(a) Jacques Alexander César.
(b) Francois Jacob.
(c) Jean Picard.
(d) Jacques Monod.

4. 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?
(a) Stony silence.
(b) Loud cheers.
(c) Grateful applause.
(d) Stunned awkwardness.

5. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?
(a) Four years.
(b) Twelve years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Six years.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?

3. According to Gerald Horton, as Saint Thomas saw seraphim and Jean Perrin saw atoms, who saw electrons?

4. In 1942, why had the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor become even quieter than normal?

5. What is one of the most fundamental questions of genetics that was mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. What difference did Milislav Demerec observe about the symposium papers from 1941 compared to the papers from 1951?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happened after Barbara delivered her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

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