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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. In the model that Monod and Jacob proposed, they stated that protein synthesis is not regulated by just the structural gene but by how many other genes?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Five.
(d) Three.

2. Who was the theoretical physicist who was trained by Niels Bohr?
(a) Barbara McClintock.
(b) Milislav Demerec.
(c) Max Delbruck.
(d) Lewis Stadler.

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

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

5. What was Demerec summing up by the words, "Ten years ago they were visualized as fixed units with precise boundaries?"
(a) Scientists.
(b) Cells.
(c) Chromosomes.
(d) Genes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Barbara write to to arrange an invitation to Cold Springs Harbor?

2. 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?

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

4. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller states that both science and art are dependent on what?

5. How many parts are in the process of transposition?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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