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. When McClintock speaks about having no chance of being promoted she states that she was excluded from what?

2. The differences that were studied in fruit flies had to do with their eye color and what else?

3. How many kinds of nuclear division do cells undergo?

4. How many papers did McClintock publish between the years of 1929 and 1931?

5. What were the names of the flies that were used in studying genetics?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. What did Barbara do when she heard of people that were being hired as associate professors that didn't have the same credentials as herself, yet she remained an assistant professor?

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

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

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 was the difference of studying genetics in maize versus Drosophilia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what mitosis is and also describe the stages in mitosis and what happens during those phases.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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