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Evelyn Fox Keller
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 12, Keller mentions that the adaptability of what tends to be especially unappreciated?
(a) Plants.
(b) Maize.
(c) Drosophila.
(d) Humans.

2. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?
(a) Six years.
(b) Twelve years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Four years.

3. In Chapter 8, Evelyn Keller talks about scientists that set out to understand a new principle of order. What does she say is one of the first things that the scientists do?
(a) Look for events that disturb that order.
(b) They make a list of rules that the order should follow.
(c) They identify any possibilites in a different order.
(d) They watch the development of the order and then compare it to other orders.

4. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?
(a) Her drive to succeed.
(b) Her willingness to let her brain take over.
(c) Her ultimate knowledge.
(d) Her love for studying.

5. How many years later was it when Barbara made her second presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?
(a) 10.
(b) 2.
(c) 5.
(d) 3.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Who extended an invitation to Barbara to help in the collection and preservation of maize in Central and South America?

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

5. What is Neurospora?

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