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 the Recent Advances in Cytology published?

2. There were elements of the bacterial genome that were discovered that seemed to "jump around". These were called transposons, insertion elements, or what?

3. In what year did McClintock and her student, Harriet Creighton, publish a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences?

4. What did Barbara's uncle do for a living?

5. How often did fruit flies give geneticists a new generation to study?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After Barbara received her PhD in botany and was appointed as an instructor, she knew what her next task would be. What was that task?

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

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

6. What are the different stages of mitosis?

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

8. What did T.H. Morgan tell a disappointed reader who confronted him about his book, Embryology and Genetics?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What happened when the author of the book, Evelyn Keller, set out to get on tape and on paper the "recollections and musings" of Barbara McClintock? Describe the experience that Keller had with Barbara and what her impression was of her.

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