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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who presented the second paper in the 1951 symposium?

2. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?

3. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller states that both science and art are dependent on what?

4. In what month did a letter arrive from Barbara's old friend, George Beadle, suggesting she come to Stanford for a visit?

5. Who extended an invitation to Barbara to help in the collection and preservation of maize in Central and South America?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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