A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Test | Lesson Plans 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. What was the word or words that Barbara used in the book to describe a plant that was part dominant and part recessive?

2. What instrument did Barbara play in a jazz improvisation group?

3. How does an anatomist see chromosomes?

4. What is another word for the process of synapsis?

5. How long did Barbara have the position of assistant professor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the fundamental questions of genetics during the time of the early 1930s?

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

3. What happened when Barbara signed up for a large overload of classes at Cornell and why did she do it?

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

5. Why was it described in the book that Barbara was born into the role of maverick and pioneer?

6. Who was Lewis Stadler and why did he want Barbara as a colleague?

7. How did Barbara spend her time between the years of 1931 and 1933?

8. What is the final stage of mitosis and what happens during this phase?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

During the course of her life, Barbara McClintock had to deal with a lot of prejudices just because she was a woman. How would her life have been different had she been a man? Do you think she ever regretted the fact that she was a woman? Why or why not? Do you think women today still face certain barriers and "glass ceilings"? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

How does the quote we read in Chapter 9, "to say someone is obscure is to put the burden of that failure in communication on the speaker" relate to Barbara McClintock? Why do you think so many people had a hard time understanding or believing in Barbara?

Essay Topic 3

Describe what transposition is. What was the importance of Barbara's discovery of transposition in maize? How did this discovery affect the scientific world and Barbara's life?

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