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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. 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?
(a) They should have been yellow, but they were brown.
(b) They should have all been the same color, but there were four different colors present.
(c) They should have been all uniform shape, but there were some that were much larger than expected.
(d) They should have been colorless, but there were spots of color.

2. Bacterial chromosomes contain little, if any what?
(a) Plasma membrane.
(b) Protein.
(c) Carbon.
(d) Chromatin.

3. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?
(a) Transfer RNA.
(b) Ribosomal RNA.
(c) Messenger RNA.
(d) Coding RNA.

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

5. Why did Barbara feel bad every time she walked on grass?
(a) Because she didn't want to get her shoes dirty.
(b) Because she knew the grass was screaming at her.
(c) Because she knew the grass would die.
(d) Because she knew what sidewalks were for.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?

3. Who was quoted as saying, "By God, that woman is either crazy or a genius."?

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

5. What does the term, dissociation mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Max Delbruck put Cold Spring Harbor on the map and for whom?

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

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

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

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

10. What did Barbara feel was an organism that was especially unappreciated and why?

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