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 year did Barbara McClintock graduate from Cornell?

2. Who wrote the book, Embryology and Genetics?

3. Who discovered the enormous salivary chromosomes of Drosophila?

4. How old was Barbara when her name was changed to Barbara?

5. Lewis Stadler had been at the University of Missouri in Columbia since what year?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Barbara adamantly reject female conventions and why was she not trying to just be "more boy than girl"?

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

4. What are the three stages of prophase in meiosis?

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

6. What are the different stages of mitosis?

7. 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?

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

9. What does C.D. Darlington remind his colleagues of in the opening pages of Recent Advances in Cytology?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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