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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. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?
(a) Transfer RNA.
(b) Ribosomal RNA.
(c) Coding RNA.
(d) Messenger RNA.

2. In the mutant seedlings that Barbara had grown, what could be seen that didn't belong?
(a) No growth of kernals in many spots.
(b) Rings around the outside husk of the corn.
(c) Streaks or spots of color.
(d) Discolored kernals that were green.

3. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?
(a) Columbia.
(b) Cold Spring Harbor.
(c) Cornell.
(d) Harvard.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the term, dissociation mean?

3. Who presented the third paper in the 1951 symposium?

4. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?

5. Why did Barbara feel bad every time she walked on grass?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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