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 discovered the enormous salivary chromosomes of Drosophila?

2. There was a gap that appeared in Barbara's list of publications. In what year did she not publish anything?

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 was the name of the science that was born in T. H. Morgan's lab?

5. George Beadle was a young graduate student from where?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What two people did Barbara McClintock invite to Cold Spring Harbor to outline the parallels with her own work and how was their work different from McClintock's?

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

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

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

6. What are the different stages of mitosis?

7. What did Barbara do when she heard of people that were being hired as associate professors that didn't have the same credentials as herself, yet she remained an assistant professor?

8. What were Barbara's "personality difficulties" as described by T. H. Morgan?

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

10. What happened when Barbara signed up for a large overload of classes at Cornell and why did she do it?

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

In the book there were people, such as Marcus Rhoades, who were friends who were also colleagues with Barbara and believed in her research. Explain Barbara's relationship with her colleagues. How was she like her colleagues and how was she different from her colleagues. Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Barbara McClintock broke free "of the hidden constraints of tacit assumptions" and allowed "the results of [her] experiments to speak for themselves."

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