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

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

3. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?
(a) Two.
(b) Five.
(c) One.
(d) None.

4. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller quotes Einstein. He said, "To these elementary laws there leads no logical path, but only" what?
(a) Intuition.
(b) Discovery.
(c) Experience.
(d) Dreams.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who presented the first paper in the 1951 symposium?

2. Barbara was impressed by the ability of some Tibetans to do what?

3. In the mutant seedlings that Barbara had grown, what could be seen that didn't belong?

4. After what length of time did Demerec propose to make Barbara's position permanent at Cold Springs Harbor?

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

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

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

4. After a decade of total frustration in her efforts, what happened to make Barbara think that the resistance would be weakened that she had encountered?

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

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

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

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

9. What happened after Barbara delivered her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

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

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