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. An experimental breeder can tell what a chromosomes is like from doing what?

2. In what year did Richard B. Goldschmidt die?

3. Who discovered the enormous salivary chromosomes of Drosophila?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened to Barbara a little more than a year after her brother, Tom, was born?

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

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

6. What does C.D. Darlington remind his colleagues of in the opening pages of Recent Advances in Cytology?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the significance of Barbara McClintock to the world of science. Describe McClintock's importance to women in science. How did individuals benefit from knowing and working with McClintock?

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

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.

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