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. How many years later was it when Barbara made her second presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

2. How many parts are in the process of transposition?

3. After what length of time did Demerec propose to make Barbara's position permanent at Cold Springs Harbor?

4. In Chapter 8, Evelyn Keller talks about scientists that set out to understand a new principle of order. What does she say is one of the first things that the scientists do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. During the time of the 1960s and 1970s what new honors did Barbara recieve from the larger world of biology?

4. What is the example involving Love Canal that Barbara tries to explain relating to scientists and engineers?

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

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. What is the answer to Eveyln Keller's question when she asks, "What enabled McClintock to see further and deeper into the mysteries of genetics than her colleagues?"

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

9. in the late 1950s, what was the new option that materialized for Barbara?

10. What were the three critical factors in Millikan's style of research that Holton cited?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Describe what mitosis is and also describe the stages in mitosis and what happens during those phases.

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