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 instrument did Barbara play in a jazz improvisation group?

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

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

4. In Hanson's informal notes concerning Barbara, he claims that she weighed approximately how many pounds?

5. While at the University of Missouri, Barbara was given little encouragement and even another woman was promoted to the rank of associate professor of zoology. What was the woman's name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why was the year 1944 a crucial year for Barbara McClintock and the history of genetics?

4. What happened with Sara Handy and Thomas McClintock after Thomas graduated from Boston University Medical school?

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

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

7. What were the fundamental questions of genetics during the time of the early 1930s?

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

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

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

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

In Chapter 12, Evelyn Keller asks the question, "What enabled McClintock to see further and deeper into the mysteries of genetics than her colleagues?" She then answers with words from Barbara. In your own words describe how Barbara answered this question and then also answer the question from your own point of view after reading the book.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Barbara's parents had an influence on her growing up and as an adult. Where do you think Barbara got her independence and scientific mind from?

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