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. What position was Barbara McClintock elected to in 1939?

2. At what age did Barbara ask for a set of tools?

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

4. How many chromosomes did corn or maize have?

5. How does an anatomist see chromosomes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the reasons that Cold Spring Harbor was appealing to scientists during the summer?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What did George Beadle tell Warren Weaver of the Rockefeller Foundation about Barbara's visit to Stanford?

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

7. in the late 1950s, what was the new option that materialized for Barbara?

8. 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?

9. How did Milislav Demerec describe what the view of genes was in 1941?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 Barbara McClintock. What were some of her strengths and weaknesses? How do you picture Barbara from descriptions in the book? What kind of inner qualities did Barbara possess that made her a good scientist? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Barbara's parents had an influence on her growing up and as an adult. Where do you think Barbara got her independence and scientific mind from?

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