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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 was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?
(a) Jacques Alexander César.
(b) Jean Picard.
(c) Francois Jacob.
(d) Jacques Monod.

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

3. In 1941, how many geneticists did Cold Spring Harbor draw?
(a) Over ninety.
(b) Over eighty.
(c) Over seventy.
(d) Over sixty.

4. How did Evelyn Witkin say she learned from Barbara and developed her own understanding from her?
(a) By looking over Barbara's shoulder.
(b) By listening to recordings that Barbara taped to teach others.
(c) By watching Barbara work from across the lab during the late night hours.
(d) By reading Barbara's in depth notes.

5. Who was quoted in the book as saying, "You let the material tell you where to go, and it tells you at every step what the next has to be?"
(a) Harriet Creighton.
(b) Marcus Rhoades.
(c) Barbara McClintock.
(d) Evelyn Witkin.

Short Answer 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?

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

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

4. How many years later was it when Barbara made her second presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

5. Who was the theoretical physicist who was trained by Niels Bohr?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. Why did Freeman Dyson state that Richard Feynman was unable to communicate and hard to understand?

9. What were the three critical factors in Millikan's style of research that Holton cited?

10. During the time of the 1960s and 1970s what new honors did Barbara recieve from the larger world of biology?

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