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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. Who presented the third paper in the 1951 symposium?
(a) Milislav Demerec.
(b) Barbara McClintock.
(c) Richard Goldschmidt.
(d) Lewis Stadler.

2. Who did Barbara write to to arrange an invitation to Cold Springs Harbor?
(a) Rollins Emerson.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) Esther Parker.
(d) Milislav Demerec.

3. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?
(a) Bacteria.
(b) Eukaryotes
(c) Us.
(d) Protein.

4. It is mentioned in Chapter 7 that in hindsight, most historians would say that the molecular revolution began at what time?
(a) The late 1920's.
(b) The early 1940's.
(c) The early 1950's.
(d) The early 1930's.

5. Barbara suggested that we must have what to "let it come to you"?
(a) Understanding.
(b) Openness.
(c) Control.
(d) Reverence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Keller states in Chapter 12 that good science cannot proceed without what?

2. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?

3. 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?

4. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?

5. In Chapter 7, Esther Parker had bought a farm that was located how many miles north of Ithaca?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?"

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

9. 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?

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

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