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. Both of the grandparents on Barbara's mother side could be traced back to what?

2. What did Barbara McClintock receive her PhD in?

3. Who described Barbara as having a "green thumb" because everything she did turned into something big?

4. What year did Barbara McClintock graduate from Cornell?

5. What kind of work did Barbara's mother do contribute and make money?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did T.H. Morgan tell a disappointed reader who confronted him about his book, Embryology and Genetics?

2. What are the three stages of prophase in meiosis?

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

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

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

6. What are the different stages of mitosis?

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

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

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

10. What was the subject of the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote in 1931?

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

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 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?

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