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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. The cytology professor that helped Barbara on Saturdays also did what for her?

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

4. 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?

5. Who said, "For us, neither the chemical code, nor the linkage map of the chromosome, nor the genes embodied in it, are enough"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. In 1931, why did Barbara start to feel like it was time to leave Cornell?

6. 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?

7. What is the final stage of mitosis and what happens during this phase?

8. What was the subject of the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote in 1931?

9. When Ross Harrison gave his retirement speech from the vice presidency of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937, what did he state the embryologist was more concerned with?

10. An excerpt from Frank Hanson's informal notes about Barbara McClintock are found in Chapter 4. How does Hanson describe Barbara's physical appearance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the quote we read in Chapter 9, "to say someone is obscure is to put the burden of that failure in communication on the speaker" relate to Barbara McClintock? Why do you think so many people had a hard time understanding or believing in Barbara?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Evelyn Keller did a good job in describing what type of person Barbara McClintock was? How did Keller do at describing scientific jargon or vocabulary to the average reader? How did Keller touch each part of McClintock's life in her book? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your explanations.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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