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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. Barbara felt like above all, one must have what?
(a) Understanding of the possibility of the unknown.
(b) Ability to change our perception of things.
(c) A feeling for the organism.
(d) Complete willingness to accept.

2. Barbara McClintock sent off a paper entitled "Some Parallels Between Gene Control Systems in Maize and in Bacteria" to where?
(a) American Naturalist.
(b) Naturalism in America.
(c) The Chicago Journal.
(d) American Scientist.

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

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

5. What does the term, dissociation mean?
(a) Complete disappearance of a part.
(b) The processing of materials into a different material.
(c) Combining into larger masses.
(d) Controlled breakage.

Short Answer Questions

1. Barbara was impressed by the ability of some Tibetans to do what?

2. Who asked Barbara how she could have worked "for two years without knowing what was going to come out?"

3. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?

4. In Chapter 12, Keller mentions that the adaptability of what tends to be especially unappreciated?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Freeman Dyson state that Richard Feynman was unable to communicate and hard to understand?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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