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. George Beadle was a young graduate student from where?

2. What was the name of Edward Tatum and George Beadle's hypothesis?

3. What does Evelyn Keller state is the best word to describe Barbara McClintock's stance on life?

4. What position was Barbara McClintock elected to in 1939?

5. What did the Dean at the University of Missouri tell Barbara would happen if something happened to Stadler?

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 was the difference of studying genetics in maize versus Drosophilia?

3. Describe Barbara's temperament as a child and what happened because of it.

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

5. Describe how the information or data that Barbara had collected filled her office.

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

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

8. 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?

9. What were the three critical factors in Millikan's style of research that Holton cited?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

During the course of her life, Barbara McClintock had to deal with a lot of prejudices just because she was a woman. How would her life have been different had she been a man? Do you think she ever regretted the fact that she was a woman? Why or why not? Do you think women today still face certain barriers and "glass ceilings"? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How is it evident in the book that scientists and we, as a society, underestimate the flexibility of living organisms? Are humans becoming better at accepting and understanding what living organisms can do? Why or why not?

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