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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. Barbara felt like above all, one must have what?
(a) Ability to change our perception of things.
(b) A feeling for the organism.
(c) Understanding of the possibility of the unknown.
(d) Complete willingness to accept.

2. How many winters did Barbara spend in Central and South America?
(a) Three.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

3. How many scientists are mentioned in the quote by Einstein when he talks about the deep longing that has to be present in scientists?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

4. 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?
(a) Five years.
(b) Ten years.
(c) Two years.
(d) One year.

5. 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?
(a) Grateful applause.
(b) Loud cheers.
(c) Stunned awkwardness.
(d) Stony silence.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?"

2. One of the few people that was interested in what Barbara had to say was Lotte Auerbach who was an animal geneticist from where?

3. What does Keller state is a prerequisite for Barbara's extraordinary perspicacity?

4. Who was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What did Keller say about good science and what does it need to proceed?

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

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