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. Who was the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute when Barbara received the Guggenheim Fellowship?

2. What was the name of T.H. Morgan's single laboratory at Columbia University?

3. What is the word that is used to describe the joining of fragments that have broken off a chromosome?

4. In what year was the term "genetics" coined?

5. How does a chemist see chromosomes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Milislav Demerec describe what the view of genes was in 1941?

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

5. What did George Beadle tell Warren Weaver of the Rockefeller Foundation about Barbara's visit to Stanford?

6. During the time of the 1960s and 1970s what new honors did Barbara recieve from the larger world of biology?

7. Why did it take Barbara six years before she could present the scientific world with her ideas on transposition?

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

9. In the mid-1930's and when she left Missouri what had she considered doing because of her jobless status?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe your favorite section or chapter of the book. What people from this section did you like? Were there any individuals you didn't like? Why or why not? What appealed to you about this particular chapter or section? Are there any words of wisdom that you found in this section?

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 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?

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