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. How does a chemist see chromosomes?

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

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

4. In what year was the First Oxford Chromosome Conference held?

5. What are considered to be the mainstay of genetic research?

Short Essay Questions

1. An excerpt from Frank Hanson's informal notes about Barbara McClintock are found in Chapter 4. How does Hanson describe Barbara's physical appearance?

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

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

4. When Ross Harrison gave his retirement speech from the vice presidency of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1937, what did he state the embryologist was more concerned with?

5. 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?

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

7. Why did Barbara experience long-term consequences because of the absence of a professional niche?

8. What is the final stage of mitosis and what happens during this phase?

9. Who was Lewis Stadler and why did he want Barbara as a colleague?

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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