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. A problem that had caught Barbara's fancy was a small body on the end of what chromosome?

2. Where did Harriet Creighton take a teaching job in 1934?

3. What discovery was a great boost to cytological analysis in 1933?

4. What is the word that is used to describe the joining of fragments that have broken off a chromosome?

5. In the summer of 1931, an invitation from Lewis Stadler brought Barbara where?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 your favorite section or chapter of the book. What people from this section did you like? Were there any individuals you didn't like? Why or why not? What appealed to you about this particular chapter or section? Are there any words of wisdom that you found in this section?

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