A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Test | Final 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. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?

2. How long did it take for Barbara to get from her first clues to her final interpretation dealing with transposition?

3. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller quotes Einstein. He said, "To these elementary laws there leads no logical path, but only" what?

4. Max Delbruck first came to the United States from what country?

5. How did Evelyn Witkin say she learned from Barbara and developed her own understanding from her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Freeman Dyson state that Richard Feynman was unable to communicate and hard to understand?

2. What did Lewis Stadler point out about the knowledge of genes and who else made this point with him?

3. Among the plants in Barbara's very first crop there was one that was particularly noteworthy. Why?

4. What difference did Milislav Demerec observe about the symposium papers from 1941 compared to the papers from 1951?

5. Why was Barbara apprehensive about presenting her data at the next annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

6. In Chapter 7, when it was mentioned that Barbara was in private upheaval, what significant event happened during that time and why was she in private upheaval?

7. In the early twentieth century what kind of science did biology transform into and what kind of science had it been before that?

8. How did Max Delbruck put Cold Spring Harbor on the map and for whom?

9. After a decade of total frustration in her efforts, what happened to make Barbara think that the resistance would be weakened that she had encountered?

10. How did Milislav Demerec describe what the view of genes was in 1941?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How is it evident in the book that scientists and we, as a society, underestimate the flexibility of living organisms? Are humans becoming better at accepting and understanding what living organisms can do? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe your favorite section or chapter of the book. What people from this section did you like? Were there any individuals you didn't like? Why or why not? What appealed to you about this particular chapter or section? Are there any words of wisdom that you found in this section?

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