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. The differences that were studied in fruit flies had to do with their eye color and what else?

2. Who was the co-author with McClintock on the paper that provided conclusive evidence for the chromosomal basis of genetics?

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

4. How does an anatomist see chromosomes?

5. Who was the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute when Barbara received the Guggenheim Fellowship?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Barbara adamantly reject female conventions and why was she not trying to just be "more boy than girl"?

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

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

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

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

7. What were the fundamental questions of genetics during the time of the early 1930s?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What happened when the author of the book, Evelyn Keller, set out to get on tape and on paper the "recollections and musings" of Barbara McClintock? Describe the experience that Keller had with Barbara and what her impression was of her.

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

Describe Sara McClintock (Barbara's mother). What struggles did Sara McClintock have to face while raising her family? Compare and contrast Sara McClintock and her daughter, Barbara McClintock.

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