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 1933, Barbara received a Guggenheim Fellowship to go where?

2. In what year was the first woman admitted to Cornell University?

3. What was the first name of Barbara's mother?

4. When Barbara went to visit Stadler in Missouri, she went to look at the corn that they had. Barbara noticed that they were calling the corn what?

5. What was the name of the book that was published by Morgan, Sturtevant, Muller, and Bridges?

Short Essay Questions

1. After a decade of total frustration in her efforts, what happened to make Barbara think that the resistance would be weakened that she had encountered?

2. What happened when Lotte Auerbach from the University of Edinburgh visited Barbara in her lab at Cold Spring Harbor?

3. During the time of the 1960s and 1970s what new honors did Barbara recieve from the larger world of biology?

4. In the early twentieth century what kind of science did biology transform into and what kind of science had it been before that?

5. What difference did Milislav Demerec observe about the symposium papers from 1941 compared to the papers from 1951?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain Rudolf Arnheim's words he wrote in Art and Visual Perception saying, "the realm of the unconscious could never enter our experience without the reflection of perceivable things." How does this quote relate to the life of Barbara McClintock?

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

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.

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