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. What are considered to be the mainstay of genetic research?

2. In what year was the First Oxford Chromosome Conference held?

3. What part of the corn was considered to be the endosperm tissue?

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

5. In what year did Barbara McClintock receive her Ph.D.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Barbara's temperament as a child and what happened because of it.

2. What are the different stages of mitosis?

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

4. What award did Brandeis University give McClintock and what was the award for?

5. What happened when Barbara discovered a way to identify maize chromosomes when she was working as a paid assistant to a cytologist?

6. 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?

7. What happened to Barbara a little more than a year after her brother, Tom, was born?

8. What two people did Barbara McClintock invite to Cold Spring Harbor to outline the parallels with her own work and how was their work different from McClintock's?

9. Who was the person that came to Cornell to get his PhD in genetics, why did he come to Cornell, and what was his previous experience?

10. Why did Barbara experience long-term consequences because of the absence of a professional niche?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Barbara visited Germany, she was faced with much sadness and turmoil because it was during the time of World War II and Hitler's reign. How do you think this experience affected Barbara and influenced her over the course of her life? Do you think this experience made her a better person? A better scientist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the significance of Barbara McClintock to the world of science. Describe McClintock's importance to women in science. How did individuals benefit from knowing and working with McClintock?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Barbara McClintock. What were some of her strengths and weaknesses? How do you picture Barbara from descriptions in the book? What kind of inner qualities did Barbara possess that made her a good scientist? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

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