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. How much was the grant that the Rockefeller Foundation gave to Stadler in the mid-1930's?

2. Who wrote A Short History of Genetics?

3. In the summer of 1931, an invitation from Lewis Stadler brought Barbara where?

4. Ribosomes are the what of protein synthesis?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Barbara a little more than a year after her brother, Tom, was born?

2. What was the difference of studying genetics in maize versus Drosophilia?

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

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

5. In Chapter 6, what are the three major concerns of twentieth-century biology that are mentioned?

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Barbara's position at Missouri not work out, according to Barbara herself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book was a biography written by Evelyn Keller, therefore it's a book about Barbara McClintock that was written by someone else. How do you think this book would have been different if McClintock would have written it herself? What are some events or people that you think would have been described differently had McClintock written the book herself? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your views

Essay Topic 2

How is it evident in the book that scientists and we, as a society, underestimate the flexibility of living organisms? Are humans becoming better at accepting and understanding what living organisms can do? 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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