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 was it that Barbara requested a leave of absence without pay and left Missouri?

2. Who wrote the Recent Advances in Cytology?

3. In what year was the Sixth European Nucleolar Workshop held?

4. George Beadle was a young graduate student from where?

5. What was the word or words that Barbara used in the book to describe a plant that was part dominant and part recessive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did T.H. Morgan tell a disappointed reader who confronted him about his book, Embryology and Genetics?

3. What was the subject of the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote in 1931?

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

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

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

7. An excerpt from Frank Hanson's informal notes about Barbara McClintock are found in Chapter 4. How does Hanson describe Barbara's physical appearance?

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

9. When Barbara went to Germany because of her Guggenheim Fellowship, why did she describe it later as a "very, very traumatic" 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

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 2

Describe Sara McClintock (Barbara's mother). What struggles did Sara McClintock have to face while raising her family? Compare and contrast Sara McClintock and her daughter, Barbara McClintock.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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