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. In what year was Barbara McClintock elected Vice President of the Genetics Society of America?

2. What did Barbara McClintock receive her PhD in?

3. Who described Barbara as having a "green thumb" because everything she did turned into something big?

4. What characteristically induces many chromosome breaks?

5. Who wrote the Recent Advances in Cytology?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened the time that Barbara was out playing basketball or volleyball in the neighborhood and a woman called her over to her house?

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

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

4. Why did Freeman Dyson state that Richard Feynman was unable to communicate and hard to understand?

5. Describe how the information or data that Barbara had collected filled her office.

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

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

8. What did Barbara feel was an organism that was especially unappreciated and why?

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

10. What happened after Barbara delivered her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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