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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. What did Barbara think when she found that Drosophila that were affected by radiation were more vigorous than the standard Drosophila?
(a) She thought the results were wrong.
(b) She that it was terribly funny.
(c) She thought that maize would be the same.
(d) She thought of changing her field of study.

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

3. What is Neurospora?
(a) A green mold on mushrooms.
(b) A gray mold on fruit.
(c) A red mold on bread.
(d) A orange mold on corn.

4. Keller also mentioned that Barbara suggested to us that we must have what to "hear what the material has to say to you"?
(a) Intuition.
(b) Stillness.
(c) Observance.
(d) Patience.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?

2. In Drosophila a bacterium divide in two every how many minutes?

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

4. In Milislav Demerec's first moves in his new position as the Director of the Department of Genetics of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, he gave Barbara a position for what length of time?

5. In what month did a letter arrive from Barbara's old friend, George Beadle, suggesting she come to Stanford for a visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What did George Beadle tell Warren Weaver of the Rockefeller Foundation about Barbara's visit to Stanford?

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

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

10. 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?"

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