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. What were the names of the flies that were used in studying genetics?

2. When Barbara went to visit Stadler in Missouri, she went to look at the corn that they had. Barbara noticed that they were calling the corn what?

3. In what year was Barbara McClintock born?

4. To what position was Barbara McClintock elected in 1945?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was the person that came to Cornell to get his PhD in genetics, why did he come to Cornell, and what was his previous experience?

3. When Barbara went to Germany because of her Guggenheim Fellowship, why did she describe it later as a "very, very traumatic" experience?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Barbara visited Germany, she was faced with much sadness and turmoil because it was during the time of World War II and Hitler's reign. How do you think this experience affected Barbara and influenced her over the course of her life? Do you think this experience made her a better person? A better scientist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How does the quote we read in Chapter 9, "to say someone is obscure is to put the burden of that failure in communication on the speaker" relate to Barbara McClintock? Why do you think so many people had a hard time understanding or believing in Barbara?

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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