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

2. In addition to making copies of itself, DNA also makes what?
(a) CNA.
(b) RNA.
(c) Multiple nuclei.
(d) Chromosomes.

3. Gerald Holton commented on scientific imagination and it's importance to how many particular scientists?
(a) Three.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

4. It is mentioned in Chapter 7 that in hindsight, most historians would say that the molecular revolution began at what time?
(a) The early 1930's.
(b) The late 1920's.
(c) The early 1940's.
(d) The early 1950's.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 11, Evelyn Keller states that molecular biology rescued the gene from decades of ambiguity and what?

2. Who was the theoretical physicist who was trained by Niels Bohr?

3. Who presented the third paper in the 1951 symposium?

4. 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?

5. When Barbara was unwilling to accept her failure to see the Neurospora chromosomes, she went outside to sit and meditate under what type of tree?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. in the late 1950s, what was the new option that materialized for Barbara?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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