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

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

3. What did Stadler and McClintock share a keen interest in concerning maize?

4. In 1933, Barbara received a Guggenheim Fellowship to go where?

5. In Chapter 1, it is mentioned that immune systems were studied in what animal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the different stages of mitosis?

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

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

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

5. What are some things that were described in Chapter 5 that Barbara did that "irk the authorities" at Missouri?

6. When C.D. Darlington was describing the views of colleagues in different types of sciences, which type of scientist does he compare to the naturalist and how does a naturalist see chromosomes?

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout the book we learn and read about times in science when there were surprises because the implied ideas weren't met. What were some of these surprises that Barbara or others met? How did these surprises help Barbara's work? Did some of these surprises hinder Barbara's progression in her work?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think Evelyn Keller did a good job in describing what type of person Barbara McClintock was? How did Keller do at describing scientific jargon or vocabulary to the average reader? How did Keller touch each part of McClintock's life in her book? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your explanations.

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