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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 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?
(a) Five years.
(b) Ten years.
(c) One year.
(d) Two years.

2. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

3. In what year was Barbara's last attempt to explain her work to her colleagues at Cold Spring Harbor?
(a) 1955.
(b) 1960.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1969.

4. How many parts are in the process of transposition?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

5. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller writes about Barbara giving her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium and that it was met with what?
(a) Loud cheers.
(b) Grateful applause.
(c) Stunned awkwardness.
(d) Stony silence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Evelyn Keller likens different "languages" in science from an example of Freeman Dyson, who was an "interpreter" for who?

2. In 1942, why had the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor become even quieter than normal?

3. 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?

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. Who presented the first paper in the 1951 symposium?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happened when Lotte Auerbach from the University of Edinburgh visited Barbara in her lab at Cold Spring Harbor?

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

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