A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Evelyn Fox Keller
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what age did Barbara ask for a set of tools?

2. When Barbara was taking a geology final when she was a Junior in college, what couldn't she remember?

3. Who was considered to be the severest critic in the field of genetics during Barbara's time in the field?

4. Who wrote the Recent Advances in Cytology?

5. In what year did Cornell appoint its first woman assistant professor in something other than home economics?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened with Sara Handy and Thomas McClintock after Thomas graduated from Boston University Medical school?

2. When Ross Harrison gave his retirement speech from the vice presidency of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937, what did he state the embryologist was more concerned with?

3. Why did Barbara's position at Missouri not work out, according to Barbara herself?

4. What did James A. Peters say about the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote?

5. What are some things that were described in Chapter 5 that Barbara did that "irk the authorities" at Missouri?

6. In Chapter 6, what are the three major concerns of twentieth-century biology that are mentioned?

7. After Barbara received her PhD in botany and was appointed as an instructor, she knew what her next task would be. What was that task?

8. In 1931, why did Barbara start to feel like it was time to leave Cornell?

9. What were Barbara's "personality difficulties" as described by T. H. Morgan?

10. When C.D. Darlington was describing the views of colleagues in different types of sciences, which type of scientist does he compare to the naturalist and how does a naturalist see chromosomes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book was a biography written by Evelyn Keller, therefore it's a book about Barbara McClintock that was written by someone else. How do you think this book would have been different if McClintock would have written it herself? What are some events or people that you think would have been described differently had McClintock written the book herself? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your views

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book we learn and read about times in science when there were surprises because the implied ideas weren't met. What were some of these surprises that Barbara or others met? How did these surprises help Barbara's work? Did some of these surprises hinder Barbara's progression in her work?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Barbara McClintock broke free "of the hidden constraints of tacit assumptions" and allowed "the results of [her] experiments to speak for themselves."

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